The Jewish/Democrat/Obama relationship - I just don't get it.

Exit polls from the 2008 Presidential election showed that Obama received around 77% of the Jewish vote. I’m at a loss to understand why. Guys like this claim that Obama “represents the values of (their) community” but fail to describe what those “values” are.

And now we see that support for Israel’s action against Hamas is coming largely from the GOP side. Per Rasmussen:

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans back Israel’s decision to take military action against the Palestinians, but only half as many Democrats (31%) agree. A majority of Democrats (55%) say Israel should have tried to find a diplomatic solution first, a view shared by just 27% of Republicans.

While 75% of Republicans say Israel is an ally of the United States, just 55% of Democrats agree. Seven percent (7%) of Democrats say Israel is an enemy of America, but only one percent (1%) of Republicans say the same. For 21% of Republicans, Israel is somewhere in between, and 28% of Democrats agree.

And the guy that 77% of Jewish Americans supported in the election has exactly nada to say about the situation.

Now I know that the Jewish population in the US has pretty much always voted overwhelmingly for the Dem candidate, and there’s more to the vote than Israel. But it really doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. If the percentages more mirrored the general popular vote, I could see it. But the overwhelming skew of the exit polls, coupled with the apparent Dem ambivalence (at best) towards Israel’s interests just baffles me. I know – I’m naive.