The Nation: CARTER AND THE JEWS

"Jewish radar sets are up all over, sensing a new political configuration," declares Chicago Financier Maynard Wishner, a leader of the city's Jewish community. What those radars are picking up, of course, is the orbiting presidential candidacy of Jimmy Carter. How America's Jews are going to respond to him has been of concern for Carter campaign strategists. They are troubled by the specter of 1972, when Jews—like other traditional Democrats—deserted Democratic Presidential Nominee George McGovern in droves. Instead of polling over 80% of the Jewish vote, as John Kennedy (1960) and Hubert Humphrey...

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