Belief Beat

Six GOP presidential hopefuls schlepped for votes Wednesday at a candidates forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition (insert your own SNL Coffee Talk joke here).

Background notes: Jews make up less than 2 percent of the U.S. population and vote overwhelmingly Democrat. But Republicans see opportunities to make inroads by appealing to socially conservative Orthodox Jewish voters and pledging stronger military support to Israel, which could lead to more campaign contributions and Florida swing-state votes.

As a native New Yorker, I can’t help but giggle watching six Christians compete over who is a better friend to the Jews. It’s my middle school’s bar mitzvah season all over again! Which of these goys will get the most chances to play Coke and Pepsi and make a memory candle: Michele Bachmann (evangelical), Newt Gingrich (Catholic), Jon Huntsman (Mormon), Rick Perry (evangelical), Mitt Romney (Mormon) or Rick Santorum (Catholic)?

On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart also had some fun with The Matzorian Candidate:

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P.S. You would think that Bachmann would have picked up some better “ch” sounds after working on a kibbutz; too bad she didn’t spend some time on the Upper West Side!

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