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Jewish Democrats Asked to 'Schlep' Home for Obama

The Great Schlep. Note: video contains foul language.

By Ed O'Keefe
"If Barack Obama doesn't become the next president of the United States I'm going to blame the Jews."

So says Jewish -- and infamously potty-mouthed -- comedienne Sarah Silverman in an edgy new video at, a Web site designed to encourage young Jewish voters to "schlep it" to Florida -- a state with a substantial Jewish population -- and other battleground states to persuade their older Jewish relatives to vote for Obama.

In the video, Silverman suggests that if relatives are concerned about Obama's background, "Explain to them that we're all the same inside." Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Silverman ticks off what she says are some similarities between African Americans and older, Florida Jews: They "can't get enough" of track suits, both enjoy driving Cadillacs and "like things and bling and jewelry and stuff."

"Barack is a Hebrew word. It means lightning," Silverman deadpans. "I'd much rather have a president who's name means lightning than a president named John who's name means toilet."

All joking aside, the Web site is an off-shoot of, the Web home of the Jewish Council for Education and Research (JCER), a political action committee supporting Obama. GreatSchlep has also established a group that provides instructions on what to do and say when members "schlep" home to campaign for Obama on or around Columbus Day. It is also considering radio and television advertisements, Moore says.

"Our goal is to get as many people as possible to travel down to Florida to do what they can to talk to Jewish voters who remain undecided. We think there is a significant number of them," says Mik Moore, co-executive director of JCER.

Moore says he is alarmed by the large percentage of undecided Jewish voters, since a majority consider themselves Democrats. Aggregated results from the Gallup Daily tracking poll find that those Jewish voters who have decided on a candidate break heavily for Obama, 66 percent to 26 percent for John McCain.

The group has placed an emphasis on voters in Florida but will also help coordinate efforts in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. There has been no coordination among the group, the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign, Moore says.

Silverman is the first Jewish celebrity to appear in a GreatSchlep video, and Moore says the group is working on similar efforts. Her sister is a rabbi who lives in Israel, and she has starred in several movies, Comedy Central productions and a popular YouTube video (Warning: NSFW) that co-stars actor Matt Damon.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 25, 2008; 2:58 PM ET
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"all their friends are dying..."

That was so wrong. But I laughed.

Posted by: skylights | September 27, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

ABC News' Nitya Venkataraman Reports: Former President Bill Clinton defended Sen. John McCain's request to delay the first presidential debate, saying McCain did it in "good faith" and pushed organizers to reserve time for economy talk during the debate if the Friday plans move forward.

Appearing on Good Morning America Thursday, Clinton told ABC News' Chris Cuomo that McCain's push to postpone the debate would only be a good political move if both candidates agreed. McCain announced on Wednesday that he would "suspend" his presidential campaign to come to Washington to help negotiate a financial bailout bill.

"We know he didn't do it because he's afraid because Sen. McCain wanted more debates," Clinton said, adding that he was "encouraged" by the joint statement from McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.

"You can put it off a few days the problem is it's hard to reschedule those things," Clinton said, "I presume he did that in good faith since I know he wanted -- I remember he asked for more debates to go all around the country and so I don't think we ought to overly parse that."
Also... During the interview Bill Clinton blamed the Democrats for blocking reform of the mortgage giants:

Going very much against the media theme that the current financial crisis is all George W. Bush and the Republicans’ fault, Bill Clinton on Thursday told ABC’s Chris Cuomo that Democrats for years have been “resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac”
President Bush warned about reforming Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae 17 times this year alone.
John McCain's reform bill was blocked by dems in 2005.
Thank you, Bill Clinton!

Posted by: thecannula | September 25, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I blame the Jews for Sarah Silverman -- the face that sunk a thousand ships.

Posted by: info42 | September 25, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Here's much better Jewish humor:

He's prettier, too!

Posted by: info42 | September 25, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

wow.....Goebals would be so proud of Soros and company

emotional blackmail, guilt and a little humor. From a Hitler-like point of view, this is as good as Obama kool-aid drinkers have done.

Posted by: laughing_at_dems | September 25, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I think that the McCain supporter's expectations are unreasonable almost as unreasonable as the request to cancel or delay the debates.

Their loss of perspective comes from listening to talk radio and Fox News for too long. Much too long.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 25, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I think that the McCain supporter's expectations are unreasonable almost as unreasonable as the request to cancel or delay the debates.

Their loss of perspective comes from listening to talk radio and Fox News for too long. Much too long.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 25, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

OMG she was great! I almost buy her "honesty" part about Obama, 'cause he does seem honest. Like Jesus is, and BOY OH BOY, the Jews are in bad need of a visit from a Mesisah!

Posted by: csmith125 | September 25, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is now resigned itself to simply word-for-word reprinting of press releases of anything having to do with Obama. I thought this was supposed to be "the Trail" - scoops, inside info, etc. Forget in the tank for Obama, this reads more like something out of Penthouse Forum. Where's the contrasting view, the reasons that older Jewish voters might have for not voting for Obama. Forget that, Sarah Silverman's sister is a rabbi who lives in Israel, and she has starred in several movies.

Posted by: johburke | September 25, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what this brainless, unfunny twit has to say?

All Jews who vote for Obama will regret it -- He'll sell out Israel in a second.

In fact, it's already begun:

Posted by: info42 | September 25, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

She's very funny.

I expect McCain campaign, probably Goldfarb, wailing and pearl-clutching in 3, 2, 1...

Posted by: zukermand | September 25, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Ed O'Keefe:

Thanks for keeping us apprised of new ways to support The One.

However, don't you still have to do some penance for helping The One lie? Somehow your non-correction correction doesn't cut it:

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | September 25, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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