Cohen sets the stage for his report in the first paragraph, writing in the paper's Global Edition:
Things are getting ugly among the Jews of Cuyahoga County, with family splits and dinner invitations declined. "I have never seen the divisions this acute," said James Ratner, an executive of the Forest City real estate group.Normally, the family argument would be just that: a purely inside event with little more than passing attention from beyond its sphere. However, in this case the implications are broader because any fallout from the traditionally progressive Jews could determine the outcome of the Ohio election and therfore, the U.S. election. Not that Mitt Romney hasn't noticed its electoral possibilities with his constant pandering to Israeli interests on this side of the ocean. (Obama has thrown Israel under the bus!, Mitt has quacked, as though all blessings of foreign policy, even such myths as these, flow from his Bain cornucopia.)
To heighten the intensity of the Jewish combat in Cuyahoga County, the Ohio Senate race has devolved into the spectacle of Josh Mandel, a conservative Jewish Republican who has been on message since grade school. He married into the influential Ratner family but today enjoys no more than partial support from his in-laws.
Cohen writes that Mandel's anti-abortion stance included "calling the indiana Senate nominee Richard Mourdock a 'class act' [!] after Mourdock said pregnancy resulting from rape was 'something God intended to happen' and was 'always a gift from God.'"
Back to James Ratner: Cohens reports that Ratner emailed him with word that a Jewish womens' group, with 60 members attending a meeting at Park Synagogue, unanimously supported Obama.
"Those Jewish women," Cohen writes, "know exactly what Romney and Mandel represent: an obcurantist and invasive threat to their rights in the name of God whose wishes these men presume to know'.