I know, it’s definitely a broad generalization and I’m prepared to get smacked down for it, but I bet if you did a poll and asked who believed the nonsense about Obama being a muslim, etc., the older voters would come out on top…by A LOT.
What else am I to make of stories like this one, where older Jewish voters think he’s in league with al Qaeda?
Because of a dispute over moving the date of the state’s primary, Obama and the other Democratic candidates did not campaign in Florida. But in his absence, novel and exotic rumors about Obama have flourished. Among many older Jews, and some younger ones, as well, he has become a conduit for Jewish anxiety about Israel, Iran, anti-Semitism and race.
Obama is Arab, Jack Stern’s friends told him in Aventura. (He’s not.)
He is a part of Chicago’s large Palestinian community, suspects Mindy Chotiner of Delray. (Wrong again.)
Wright is the godfather of Obama’s children, asserted Violet Darling in Boca Raton. (No, he’s not.)
Al Qaeda is backing him, said Helena Lefkowicz of Fort Lauderdale (Incorrect.)
Michelle Obama has proven so hostile and argumentative that the campaign is keeping her silent, said Joyce Rozen of Pompano Beach. (Michelle Obama campaigns frequently, drawing crowds in her own right.)
He might fill his administration with followers of Louis Farrakhan, worried Sherry Ziegler. (Extremely unlikely, given his denunciation of Farrakhan.)
And as I’ve mentioned in the past, my own grandfather has bought into this nonsense, and it’s taken multiple talks with him to get through to him.
What’s more, older voters often tend to trust their friends much more than other sources, and once you get that rumor mill cranking, there’s not much you can do to stop it.
But here’s an additional thing I know about older folks…they watch that awful show Judge Judy…A LOT. So it’s almost as if Obama needs to make multiple commercials where he speaks directly into the camera, debunks each one of these rumors and run those constantly on Judge Judy and any other “judge” show that plays during the early evening hours.
Or he can just ignore this noise and hope for the best.
I’d go with the Judge Judy strategy…