The senior editor of the Jewish Press, an important Orthodox weekly out of Brooklyn, has recently had a few unkind words to say about Gov. Palin. Here is our response, in a letter to the editor, which we hope they will print –
To the Editor –
It was heartening to see that so many Jewish Press readers, by his own admission, wrote in protest of editor Jason Maoz’s cheap shot at Sarah Palin (“Abe Lincoln in high heels?”) in his column of March 4th.
After all, Gov. Palin’s support remains strong among patriotic and socially conservative Americans of all faiths, according to every public opinion poll.
So it was disappointing to see the senior editor of such an important paper in the Orthodox community “double down” on his essentially empty critique of the incumbent GOP vice presidential candidate in his subsequent column of March 11th.
Mr. Maoz was fair enough to cite Gov. Palin’s “deep support of Israel” and the unprecedented torrent of abuse – to which we, as Jews, can certainly relate – heaped upon her by vicious and irresponsible elements in the news and entertainment media.
But because he himself does not give a single substantive criticism of Gov. Palin – and merely repeats a few names of others who are dismissing her – it appears Mr. Maoz has descended a few levels in his own normally incisive commentary.
Yes, even some Republican-aligned commentators may be worried that a vibrant Palin candidacy would un-nerve vested interests, given that Gov. Palin was fearless and relentless in rooting out corruption on both sides of the political aisle in the many public offices she held in her home state of Alaska.
But to simply dismiss Mrs. Palin’s viability without any reference to her many more recent substantive positions – on fiscal policy, energy policy, tax and entitlement reform, responsible resource development, immigration policy, not to mention her unshakeable support for Israel, American defense, and the war on terror – is simply unfair.
Try listening to what Gov. Palin herself is actually saying, rather than to the chatter of those around her.
Those who do will see that Sarah Palin articulates a “commonsense conservative” platform, and her vision of a “Judeo-Christian nation” that speaks to all Americans, including to Jewish voters, as we head into the historic election of 2012.
Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin