A favorite delightful idiotic reoccuring lazy pundit emanation is the semi-annual "this year, the polls prove American Jews will vote Republican" thumbsucker.
This never happens, and never will, for reasons the otherwise reliably crazy Zav Chafets is compelled to reluctantly concede:
The fact is, the great majority of American Jewish Democrats see their party and its agenda as their secular religion. Reform Judaism, America’s largest Jewish denomination, is sometimes jokingly called “the Democratic Party with holidays.” A lot of Jews would sooner convert to Shia Islam than leave the party of their forefathers.
Republicans sometimes wonder at this loyalty. After all, polls show that they and their voters are more pro-Israel than Democrats. Republicans are attracted to the Jewish state because of its pioneer ethos, its “peace through strength” posture in the face of anti-Western jihad, its reflexive pro-Americanism and, for Christian evangelicals, its biblical roots.
None of this means much to most American Jews, however (except to the Orthodox, still a relatively small minority). There isn't much data, but conventional political thinking is that secular Jews, to the extent they are voting as Jews, are more concerned about a woman’s right to choose, gay rights or comprehensive immigration reform than they are about specific Israel-related policy.
Most American Jews I have met in America, are, as it happens, Americans. They vote as Americans -- as do, say, Irish Americans.
"Secular religion," snort.
This is so stupid. And offensive.
"What a mystery! Why are these Jews not behaving according to our preconceived ideas about how a Real Jew (TM) ought to behave!"