If Hillary Clinton had won the Democratic primary, the Republican Jewish Coalition might be quoting Barack Obama. But, as fate would have it, Obama won — so the RJC says “Hillary is right.”
The Republican group has launched a TV ad calling Obama’s foreign policy “naive” because he said “I would” when asked if he would be willing to meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea. The ad quotes Clinton — this was back when she and Obama were in the thick of a brutal primary brawl — saying of Obama, “That was irresponsible and frankly naive.” (The question came up at a CNN debate, and stipulated that talks were part of an evolving peace initiative.)
Clinton has moved on, of course. She’s campaigning for Obama in Florida — one of the states where the ad is airing. The million-dollar-plus buy will put the ad in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Nevada as well.
The TV ad is a first for the Republican Jewish Coalition in this cycle. It’s already produced a series of print advertisements attacking Obama in Jewish newspapers, often with the slogan, “Concerned about Barack Obama? You should be.”
It’s a fierce fight for the presidency among Jewish advocacy organizations. The National Jewish Democratic Council has run its own pro-Obama and anti-McCain ads in newspapers. And when the Jewish Council for Education and Research enlisted comedian Sarah Silverman in calling for a “Great Schlep” to help Obama, the Republican Jewish Coalition fired back with a retort by comedian Jackie Mason, who calls Silverman a “yenta,” or meddlesome blabbermouth.
This originally appeared on The Secret Money Project Blog, a joint project of CIR and National Public Radio tracking the hidden cash in the 2008 election.