Guy White is doing a series on Jewish power. In light of his well known tendency to censor his critics, I will be running a series of parallel threads here at Occidental Dissent. I’m not going to let him pollute the blogosphere with philo-Semitic disinformation. I will be checking his facts, criticizing his reasoning, reviewing his conclusions. The commentariat is encouraged to join the fun.
There will be little in the way of censorship in these threads. I have always preferred the give and take of open debate. I will only censor out abusive and/or moronic comments. Although I doubt they will show up, G.W. and his choir of philo-Semites are invited to participate. They will be given the chance to confront their critics in an open forum.
Jewish sources can be cited on Occidental Dissent. These often include the best, most penetrating insights into the nature of Jewish power in the United States. Jewish authors cannot easily be accused of “anti-Semitism” either. Feel free to comment on all aspects of Jewish power in every thread. G.W. isn’t allowing this at this blog, but I see no reason to censor such comments here. They may potentially lead to new veins of fruitful inquiry.
The Facts: Jews
In 2009 …
1.) Jews are 1.7% to 2.2.% of the U.S. population.
2.) Jews are 15% of U.S. Senators. (Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, Michael Bennet, Ted Kaufman, Ben Cardin, Charles Schumer, Ron Wyden, Russ Feingold, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Joe Lieberman, Herb Kohl, Frank Lautenberg, Arlen Specter, and Carl Levin.)
Ted Kaufman identifies as Roman Catholic, but has a Jewish father, so we will include him. 13 of 15 Jewish U.S. Senators are Democrats. Bernie Sanders is an Independent Socialist. Joe Lieberman is an Independent Democrat. It is reasonable to say that the Jewish Caucus pulls the U.S. Senate significantly to the Left.
3.) Jews are 7.58% of the House of Representatives (33 of 435 members). (Henry Waxman, Barney Frank, Gary Ackerman, Howard Berman, Sander Levin, Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, Bob Filner, Jane Harman, Jared Nadler, Steve Rothman, Robert Wexler, Shelley Berkley, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Sherman, Anthony Weiner, Eric Cantor, Susan Davis, Steve Israel, Adam Schiff, Allyson Schwartz, Debbie Wassermen Schultz, Steve Cohen, Gabrielle Giffords, Paul Hodes, Steve Kagen, Ron Klein, John Yarmuth, Ed Perlmutter, John Adler, Alan Grayson, and Jared Polis.)
31/33 Jewish representatives are Democrats; 2 are Republicans. As with the Senate, Jews are overrepresented and their inclusion gives the House a leftward tilt.
5.) Jews are 6% of Governors. (Ed Rendell D-PA, Jack Markell D-DE, Linda Lingle R-HI).
6.) Jews are 22% of the Supreme Court. (Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer). Jews pull the SCOTUS to the Left.
7.) Jews are 9% of the Obama Cabinet. Rahm Emanuel (Chief of Staff) and Dave Orszag (Office of Management and Budget). There are a number of other important Jews in the Obama administration. Of these, the two most important would be David Axelrod (Senior Advisor to the President) and Ron Klain (VP Chief of State)
8.) Jewish mayors: Michael Bloomberg (NYC), David Cicilline (Providence, RI), Jerry Abramson (Louisville), Oscar Goodman (Las Vegas), Beverly Hills (Jimmy Delshad).
The Facts: Episcopalians
In 2009 …
1.) Episcopalians are 1.7% of the U.S. population.
2.) Episcopalians are 7% of U.S. Senators. (Evan Bayh, Michael Bennet, Saxby Chambliss, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Blanche Lincoln, John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse).
Michael Bennet is counted as a Jew on Wikipedia, but as an Episcopalian in this tally. 4 Episcopalian Senators are Democrats; 3 are Republicans. Unlike the Jews, Episcopalians are a mixed bag.
3.) Episcopalians are 6.8% of the House of Representatives. (Aderholt, Andrews, Biggert, Bonner, Boustany, Burgess, Cooper, Crenshaw, Farr, Frelinghuysen, Griffith, Hensarling, Kingston, McDermott, Mica, Miller, Norton, Peters, Platts, Putnam, Rehberg, Roskam, Scott, Sensenbrenner, Shadegg, Schrader, Slaughter, Van Hollen, Walden, Young)
18 Episcopalian representatives are Republicans; 12 are Democrats. Unlike the Jews, Episcopalians give the House a rightward tilt.
5.) Episcopalians are 10% of Governors. (Mike Beebe D-Arkansas, Jodi Rell R-Connecticut, Beverly Purdue D-North Carolina, Mark Sanford R-South Carolina, Dave Freudenthal D-Wyoming)
6.) Episcopalians are 0% of the Supreme Court. David Souter (Episcopalian) was replaced by Sonia Sotomayor (Catholic).
7.) I can’t find any information on Episcopalians in the Obama Cabinet.
Response to Guy White
1.) Guy White used outdated data in his post. It was drawn from the 109th Congress, in the Bush years, not the 111th Congress, which is now in Washington. It took me a little more time, but I had no problem tracking down the relevant information.
2.) Guy White claimed that Jews were “limited to back-bencher roles in Congress.” This is false. In the U.S., a “backbencher” is a new member of Congress. In the 111th Congress, there are 3 new Jewish Senators; 3 new Jewish Representatives. The rest are incumbents, not backbenchers.
Several Jews are the chairmen of powerful committees: In the Senate, Carl Levin – Armed Services, Barbara Boxer – Environment/Public Works, Ethics; Joe Lieberman – Homeland Security, Chuck Schumer – Rules and Administration, Economic Committee; Dianne Feinstein – Intelligence, Library, Printing; Herb Kohl – Aging.
In the House, Bob Filner – Veterans’ Affairs, Henry Waxman – Energy and Commerce, Barney Frank – Financial Services, Howard Berman – Foreign Affairs.
3.) Guy White used data from the entire span of American history to inflate the influence of Episcopalians and Unitarians. For example, the Unitarians haven’t elected a president since William Howard Taft. Kent Conrad is the only Unitarian in the Senate. In contrast, there are 13 to 15 Jews, depending on whether you include Kaufman and Bennet.
4.) Guy White claimed that Jews appear to be “permanently excluded” from the leadership of both parties. Is this an accurate description of Eric Cantor – the Republican Whip in the House? Does it describe Joe Lieberman – Al Gore’s Vice Presidential candidate? Is it an accurate description of Chuck Schumer and Rahm Emanuel – the Jewish tag team that led the Democratic Party to victory in 2006 and 2008?
5.) Jews haven’t been less successful than Episcopalians or White Protestants in U.S. politics. Review the statistics above. In the last five years, Jewish influence has risen; Episcopalian influence has declined. The decline of Anglo-Protestant influence has been even more dramatic. Now that Souter is gone, the aging John Paul Stevens is the only Protestant left on the Supreme Court.
6.) As I have shown, the Episcopalian Caucus in Congress isn’t “very liberal.” It actually leans to the Right. The Jewish Caucus leans overwhelmingly to the Left.
7.) I can’t find any information on Episcopalian voting patterns. It is irrational to draw inferences from unrepresentative samples. Pointing to a few wealthy Episcopalian liberals proves nothing. It is equally irrational to assume the laity holds the same political views of the Episcopalian clergy.
8.) On immigration, the Episcopalians are a mixed bag: pro-amnesty in the Senate, pro-restriction in the House. The Presbyterians are the strongest advocates of immigration restriction. Guy White’s comparison fails: the Jews are strongly pro-amnesty in the House and Senate.
9.) If I believed in conspiracies, I would point out that Barack Obama’s closest advisors – David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel – are Jews. Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff – Ron Klain – is Jewish. Instead of claiming Axelrod and Emanuel are Obama’s “handlers,” which I don’t believe, I will just say that powerful Jews have the ear of the President of the United States. In 2006 and 2008, Schumer and Emanuel were in charge of the Democratic Senate and House campaign committees.
10.) Guy White’s claim that successful politicians are all Ivy Leaguers, top lawyers, or wealthy businessmen is a stereotype. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Charles Rangel, Lamar Alexander and countless other national political figures aren’t Ivy Leaguers. When you get down to state reps, this becomes even more obvious.
Jews are overrepresented in our political system. In recent years, they have done better for themselves than other intelligent, highly educated groups like the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Unitarians. There are key players at all levels of government – in the Senate, Schumer, Feinstein and Levin; in the House, Frank, Berman and Waxman; in the White House, Axelrod, Emanuel and Klain; in the Supreme Court, Ginsberg and Breyer. Collectively, they exert massive influence and pull America in a leftward direction.
The direct Jewish impact upon public policy is only one aspect of Jewish power. Arguably, it is the least important. Jews influence our culture and political system in many other ways. In subsequent posts, we will address the many other aspects of Jewish power and dispel the myth of poor, powerless Jews that Guy White is attempting to create.
Update: In the comments, I have responded to G.W.’s SCOTUS thread.