We're not the only Jewish organization to notice that the GOP leadership's socially extreme views are out of step with the values and interests of the Jewish community.
The Forward reports on how Jewish organizations like the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, the American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs are taking to respond to recent Republican initiatives. These groups are channeling their energy into grassroots lobbying on Capitol Hill in support of common sense positions - e.g., the legalization of the "Plan B" contraceptive and opposition to the Pledge Protection Act.
While Republicans continue to mobilize their base in a desperate effort to stave off major losses this fall, it's good to see other Jewish organizations join NJDC on issues like the Federal Marriage Amendment, the Pledge Protection Act, and the flag-burning amendment.
What's most sad, perhaps, is that even as they lose on each of the issues, we know the GOP is as likely to return to these issues as the villain of any successful horror movie is to show up in sequels. As long as the Republicans control Congress and rely electorally on a radical right base, this extremism will likely be their election year agenda.
How else can they keep their supporters focused on social issues while Iraq, the environment, America's health care system, and our nation's fiscal health continue to crumble?