Saturday Oct 22, 2016 · 3:33 PM EDT
Former Boston Red Sox pitching great Curt Schilling announced this week that he might run against Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2018. Schilling, previously best known as a bankrupt businessman and collector of Nazi memorabilia who was fired by ESPN despite famously bleeding from wherever in the 2004 American League playoffs, took to the cable news shows to ask why Jews vote for Democrats. As he phrased the question to Jake Tapper of CNN:
“I would like to ask you something as a person who is practicing the Jewish faith and have since you were young, I don't understand, maybe this is the amateur, non-politician in me, I don't understand how people of Jewish faith can back the Democratic Party, which over the last 50 years have been so clearly anti Israel, so clearly anti-Jewish Israel that I don’t know what else need to be done, said or happen — the Democratic Party is aligned with Israel only because we have agreements in place that make them have to be.”
Leaving aside Schilling’s complete ignorance of the past 50 years, his offensive question deserves a response. The long answer to the question of why Jewish voters overwhelmingly prefer Democrats, as I explained back in February, is because the party closely aligns with their views across almost all issues domestic and foreign, including Israel. The short answer? Jews vote Democratic because people like Curt Schilling are Republicans.
For the background, here’s “Why Jewish Voters Still Won't Support Republicans in 2016.”