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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 16, 2014/ 15 Shevat, 5774

Honk if you're happy the ending of media's fatuous embrace of Christie is gaining speed

By Glenn Garvin



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) I owe Time magazine a big apology. Two months ago, when I read its fawning profile of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, which gushed over his fabulous propensity for "the kind of bipartisan dealmaking that no one seems to do anymore," I thought it was insipid inside-the-Beltway drivel.

Now, however, I have to admit Time was insightful and even prescient. I can't think of a single other governor in recent times (actually, ever) who has inflicted an apocalyptic four-day traffic jam on the citizens of one of his towns in the name of bipartisanship.

Emails among his flunkies reveal that the governor's office had several lanes of a heavily traveled bridge in Fort Lee closed because the city's mayor — a Democrat — had refused to cross party lines and endorse the Republican Christie.

"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," wrote one. When the problems developed on cue, another noted that school buses were being trapped in the epic snarls and added a note of semi-contrition: "I feel badly about the kids. I guess." To which another henchman, referring to Christie's Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, acidly replied: "They are the children of Buono voters."



Well, not all of them. The daughter of a 91-year-old Fort Lee woman pronounced dead at a hospital after the ambulance that picked her up was trapped in the traffic jam says her mother was a Christie voter. But how much more hard-core can bipartisanship get than killing off your own supporters?

Time may have been the most fatuous in its embrace of Christie's straight-shooting-bipartisan image — seriously, did no editor stab himself in the eye upon reading "the guy who loves his mother and gets it done"? — but it was by no means alone in the days before the governor went a bridge too far.

Barbara Walters, in her annual 10 Most Fascinating People television special, called Christie "frank ... forceful ... passionate and compassionate ... iconic." Bubbled bedazzled CNN anchor Carol Costello: "Chris Christie is a rock star." MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin declared him "magical."

Washington journalists are eternally devoted to the cause of bipartisanship, which they define as a Republican who breaks ranks to embrace liberal causes or Democratic candidates. (Democrats who do the reverse — like those who are edging away from Obamacare in the wake of its inept rollout — are simply cowards or turncoats.)

Bipartisanship may indeed have some merits when applied to an individual issue. No matter which party is in control of which set of offices, at some point, Congress has to pass a budget or approve a president's judicial appointments, and refusing to budge becomes pointlessly obstreperous.

But any politician who tries to make bipartisanship the foundation of his or her appeal ought to be viewed with suspicion. That's usually a convenient disguise for a complete lack of principles — or, more correctly, a complete devotion to a single principle, self-advancement.

That's clearly the case with Christie, who was elected governor in 2009 not because he offered an agenda that appealed to voters but because Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine was mammothly unpopular.

Christie claims to be a fiscal conservative but is happy to increase spending as long somebody else foots the bill. He supported a federally funded $200-million-plus expansion of Medicare in New Jersey, but vetoed bills that would have made it permanent even if Washington cut its contribution.

He ripped Republicans in Congress for being tardy in passing emergency aid for Hurricane Sandy, then grabbed $25 million of the money to make tourism ads starring himself, just as he was facing re-election. He posed to Republican regulars as a Mitt Romney stalwart in 2012, then delivered fulsome, high-profile praise — including a televised hug — to President Obama during the stretch run.

Even Christie's signature conservative issue, his bare-knuckle battle with New Jersey's public-employee unions over benefits, has less to do with ideology than the simple fact that the state is so deeply in hock that there's no other choice.

Though Christie is clearly no conservative and not much of a Republican, a lot of GOP leaders who see him as the best bet in a field of undistinguished potential presidential candidates for 2016 are launching a misguided attempt to defend him over the bridge-to-nowhere controversy. Small stuff, they say, that doesn't matter and will be forgotten by election season.

They're wrong on both counts. Unlike the Benghazi attacks or IRS hardball with tea party organizations, the petty vindictiveness of Christie's traffic malice is something voters can easily understand and relate to themselves. And they will quite rightly wonder if a guy who would pull something like that ought to be trusted with the NSA, the FBI and the CIA.

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Glenn Garvin is a columnist for the Miami Herald.

Previously:



01/03/14: Gee, 2013, we miss you already
12/05/13: Why does the left have the right to be sexist?
11/11/13: Myths about the government shutdown
09/11/13: Obama's counting on you forgetting his last experiment with creating democracy through the innovative use of high explosives
07/04/13: Nobody has answered these many questions in Edward Snowden saga
06/27/13: Congress is not as stupid as you think
05/23/13: Welcome to 'unwelcome' speech on campus
05/09/13: Ugly truth, but sometimes torture works
04/25/13: Murder? Not if you just kill a baby
03/14/13: A license to kill --- competition
02/28/13: The left's science deniers
01/17/13: Myths about assault weapons
12/20/12: Right to work? Workers vote with their feet
12/11/12: Obama's pipe dreams and fairy tales
11/11/12: The truth about the movie 'Won't Back Down'
11/01/12: In this clash of civilizations, the West seems to have a lot of fifth columnists
9/25/12: Obama's jobs math doesn't add up
6/22/12: Bath salts controversy --- when politicians become pushers
4/26/12: When R2D2 and C3P0 go to war
2/16/12: The profound lies of Deep Throat
12/22/11: Great moments in history? Not so much
11/30/11: Giving bullies a veto on the First Amendment
09/15/11: ‘Bloodsucking Progressives Must Die’ video game is acceptable?
06/28/11: Send this one back where it came from
06/23/11: Doesn't this president remind you of someone?
05/26/11: A new standard of racial correctness
05/12/11: ‘Vast wasteland’ speech 50 years later
04/13/11: Bay of Pigs fiasco offers lessons for Obama's Libya adventure
03/03/11: Inconvenient truth for teachers' unions
07/10/10: Still looking to score
06/22/10: Ripe for fraud and abuse
05/25/10: Big Brother picks your pocket
11/04/09: Have conservatives scored a stealth prime time drama?
08/27/09: Left's been out for blood, too
08/13/09: What's not being celebrated
07/31/09: Pay-or-play means more lost jobs
07/16/09: OAS turns a blind eye to violations by left
07/02/09: Nothing so shocking about this coup
06/22/09: Libs' darling strikes out
06/03/09: Yes, America should read Sotomayor's speech in context
05/20/09: ‘Bloody’ mission goes awry
05/07/09: The problem is they aren't just goofin'
04/30/09: Why can't students say ‘guns’ in school?
04/08/09: When non-U.S. citizens vote
03/2e/09: Of course the AIG bonus boys — the ‘best and the brightest‘ — deserve their loot
03/12/09: No choice in Free Choice Act

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