Election Day falls on November 2, 2010 -- tomorrow. The old joke is that Jews live like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans -- this is probably just as good a bon mot about secular as of religious Jews, maybe moreso. Large numbers of Jews of all religious persuasions have run for political office and served in the Senate, the House, and various state and local offices, having gained the trust of electorates who are mainly not Jewish at all. In the US Senate and on the Supreme Court, Jews are very well-represented at the moment. (Some of these individuals will be listed on their birthdays as I proceed with this calendar.)
Meanwhile, as I understand it, my fellow secular Jews will vote tomorrow in large numbers, predominantly for liberal-leaning Democrats. And we'll maintain our enthusiasm for the country where we have been privileged to participate on such equal terms. Unlike the court Jews who led such a precarious existence in earlier political situations. We hope.
Of course Jews are also represented on the other side of the political spectrum. At another time, I'll discuss the political neocons and anti-heroes like Joe Lieberman and Arlen Specter.