People tend to vote how they live and, despite the particular cultural differences that influence the politics of American Jews, I suspect that lifestyle has a lot to do with the persistence of liberalism in Jewish politics.
If Messrs. Podhorhetz, et al., wish to promote conservatism among American Jews, let them find some way to encourage Jewish families to move to small towns in the Heartland, where their kids can grow up hunting, fishing and hot-rodding the backroads.
Maybe I’m too touchy about this, but I’m profoundly disturbed by the idea of relocating intellectuals, especially Jewish intellectuals, so they can learn about real values. Isn’t that exactly what Stalin and Mao did? Is there any Maoist/Stalinist/Leninist idea that the American right hasn’t embraced?
You know, if Robert Stacy McCain has slightly more readership/institutional support, Ross Douthat and Charles Lane would be writing “McCain is wrong to suggest that Jews be forcibly moved to the country, but there’s no denying that Jews are too urban…”
And, yes, feel free to make up your own jokes about hot-rodding the backroads.