Haaretz has a long and insightful response to Romney’s visit in the form of an open letter. The whole thing is worth a read, but the core of it is that they don’t think that American Jews, who are a traditionally liberal voting bloc, are going to be swayed by Romney’s bromance with Bibi. They do think evangelicals are going to be all over it, but that brings me to another question about the “traditional” Republican voter.
Growing up, I heard a lot of skepticism towards Israel by Main Street Republican types. These are conservative Christians who, as far as I know, had no anti-semitic leanings, but were a bit isolationist and skeptical about the amount of money we were spending in Israel. The sight of Romney outsourcing our foreign policy towards Israel to the Israelis themselves would be a reason for them to at least reconsider their vote for Romney. I don’t know if this type of voter still exists, and I know that it’s a very delicate mission to try to characterize any politicians’ allegiance to Israel as going too far, but isn’t the spectacle of Romney’s “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” performance in Israel nauseating to someone?