Significance to me is that the Clintons have no room to maneuver on the right. If the Clintons aim to veer leftish for early '08 primary season in Iowa and NH and New York, then the Dershowitz Dems will holler on air and damage the trust factor for the general campaign.
Underneath this game is the profound fact on the ground that Israel is in trouble, and that any signal from a Dem candidate that Iran and its pet Syria can be dealt with, or contained, or ignored, will put Israel on a last regimen of dialysis. The Clintons cannot both please their Netrooters and maintain a coherent war fighting policy. Are there enough Dem votes left in Michigan or Iowa or New Mexico or New Hampshire or Wisconsin or Minnesota to permit the Clintons to jettison Netroots as appeasers and still hold or win the states?
This analysis seems unrealistic. Jews make up only about two percent of the American electorate, and are concentrated in states such as New York and California which are automatically in the Democratic column regardless of how Jews vote. Florida is the only “battleground state” in which the Jewish vote can act as an important factor.
The only sense in which the Democratic party is concerned about Jewish opinion is insofar as it is heavily dependant on a handful of Jews to help with its finances. George Soros, Stephen Bing and Peter Lewis are Jews whose opinions carry weight, attached as they are to scores of millions of dollars. As long as this is the case the Democratic party will never shift over into overt anti-Semitism. On the other hand, as long as these individuals are more concerned with the ouster of George W Bush than with the possibility of an Iranian attack on Israel, the Democratic party will feel free to indulge their netroots.