In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 March 24, 2014 /22 Adar II, 5774

Special election offers bad news for Dems

By Jack Kelly

JewishWorldReview.com | The special election for a House seat in Florida is a harbinger of things to come, say Republicans, because the Republican won.

It's no big deal, say Democrats, because the Democrat didn't.

Republicans have an edge in voter registration (37 percent to 34.6 percent) in the district, mostly Pinellas county north of St. Petersburg.

Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young, who represented the area from 1971 until his death in October, was a Republican.

But President Barack Obama won the 13th District narrowly in 2008 and 2012.

So did Alex Sink, the Democratic candidate for governor in 2010, in her losing bid that year.

Ms. Sink was the Democratic candidate in the special election. The Republican was David Jolly, a Washington lobbyist who had been an aide to Rep. Young.

Ms. Sink was well known, Mr. Jolly unknown.

"She ran a hyper-disciplined campaign with a far more robust get-out-the-vote effort than Republicans," said Adam Smith, political editor of the Tampa Times.

"A half-dozen Washington Republicans have described Jolly's campaign...as a Keystone Cops operation, marked by inept fundraising...and the poor optics of a just-divorced, 41-year-old candidate accompanied on the campaign trail by a girlfriend 14 years his junior," Politico reported March 7.

Ms. Sink led by 7 and 9 percentage points in polls in mid-February, by 3 in a poll the day before the election.

But when the votes were counted, Mr. Jolly had 48.43 percent, Ms. Sink 46.55 percent.

Mr. Jolly won despite the presence in the race of a Libertarian candidate, who drew 4.83 percent of the vote.

He won because outside groups spent a ton of money on ads attacking Ms. Sink, Democrats said.

That's true.

But Democrats and their allies spent more — $6.4 million to $6.3 million for Republicans and their allies — estimated Michael Beckel of the Center for Public Integrity.

One word explains why Alex Sink lost a race she should have won, but Democrats were loathe to utter it.

It wasn't Obamacare that sank Sink, said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. It was low voter turnout.

In a low turnout election, the superior Democrat get-out-the-vote operation should have given Ms. Sink an edge.

Turnout in Florida for the general election in 2012 averaged 63.5 percent. But turnout in Florida for the 2010 midterm elections was only 41.8 percent. Turnout in the special election (40.01 percent) was very close to that.

It was unusually high for a special election. Only 15.2 percent voted in a special election for Congress in Fort Meyers in 2010.

Ms. Sink lost because Republicans flocked to the polls to vote against Obamacare, said her pollster, Geoff Garin.

Obamacare figures to be a bigger issue elsewhere. Seniors — who are more concerned about Medicare — comprise 22 percent of district residents. The national average is 13 percent.

There were other issues, but they don't bode well for Democrats.

Most seniors don't know yet about the cuts in Medicare Advantage to fund Obamacare. They won't be pleased when they do.

Environmental groups spent lots on an ad attacking Mr. Jolly for his skepticism about "climate change," an issue "important" to 69 percent of voters in the district, "very important" to 44 percent, according to PPP's pre-election poll.

"If there is any congressional district in America where Democrats should theoretically get the most bang for their buck selling global warming alarmism, Florida District 13 should be it," said district resident James Taylor, environmental analyst for the Heartland Institute.

But the ads had no discernible effect on the outcome.

Neither did ads attacking Mr. Jolly for supporting restrictions on abortion.

They have a "messaging" problem on Obamacare, and don't know what to do about it, Democrats privately concede.

Most plan to say they support changes, but be vague about what they might be, in the hopes that will be enough to mollify voters.

That strategy didn't work for Alex Sink, who wasn't burdened with having voted to enact Obamacare.

There'll be lots more Obamacare news in the next few months, none of it good.

Democrats don't have a messaging problem.

They have an Obamacare problem.

If they keep trying to spin it rather than fix it, they're headed for an epic thrashing Nov. 4.


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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

© 2014, Jack Kelly