Some thoughts on how the result might affect US Jewish organizations: Many Jewish organizations see advocacy as a major part of their work. That’s as true on issues of food security and Medicare as it is about Israel, religious liberty or tax deductions for charitable contributions.
To advocate in Washington, Jewish groups often choose leaders who can connect well with the current leadership in Washington. It was no accident that Alan Solow, one of Barack Obama’s earliest supporters in the Jewish community, was elected the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations shortly after Obama entered the White House.
An Obama presidency would likely leave the Washington constellation of Jewish political advocacy where it is: J Street, though young, enjoying pride of place at the table. ZOA not so much.
But a Romney presidency could reshuffle that, as folks like Dan Senor become the key go-betweens connecting a Romney White House and the Jewish community.
Lots of projections coming through now. NBC summarizes, though, that “there’s nothing we know now that we didn’t know before” — that is, nothing that has definitively shattered the thrust of surveys inclining toward an Obama victory.
CBS gives Obama Maryland and Maine, Romney gets Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Georgia.
“Things are looking pretty good for us,” says Democrat strategist Morris Reid on SKY.