How to Think Politically About the Jews

Most American Jews no longer vote in a way that sets them apart from non-Jews. But a growing subsection stands out.

July 21, 2020 | Bruce Abramson, Jeff Ballabon
About the author: Bruce Abramson is a principal at B2 Strategic, senior fellow and director at ACEK Fund, founder of the American Restoration Institute and the author of “American Restoration: Winning America’s Second Civil War.” Jeff Ballabon is CEO of B2 Strategic, a government relations, crisis communications, and political campaign consultancy, and a founder of the American Restoration Institute.

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.

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