A voter casts his ballot with his child at the East Midwood Jewish Center polling station in Brooklyn on November 6, 2018. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images.
In his 1973 Commentary article “The Jewish Vote (Again),” Milton Himmelfarb famously quipped: “The Jews earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans.” But history would come to mock Himmelfarb’s wit. For, by 2020, Episcopalians (along with most of the Protestant mainline) have come to vote like Jews. And where does that leave the Jews of 2020? The answer is subtle, enlightening, and very Jewish: it depends.