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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 August 24, 2005 / 19 Av, 5765

Democrats fall back into framing trap

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If Democratic Party leaders were listening to me, I'd give them some good old-fashioned advice: Run to the head of the parade so you can lead it.

As remarkable as President Bush's slump in the polls has been for his handling of the war in Iraq during these, his dog days of discontent, so is the failure of Democrats to benefit from it.

In an early August Newsweek poll, for example, 61 percent of those surveyed disapproved of Bush's handling of the war and only 26 percent agreed with his wish to keep American troops there "as long as it takes."

As Bush's approval ratings have shrunk, the Democrats have not gained. Just 42 percent of Americans approved of congressional Democrats in a Washington Post-ABC News poll in June, a figure that was about two percentage points lower than Bush's.

And, going in to the August recess, polls were showing disapproval of Congress's performance to be higher than it has been since 1994, the year voters swept Democrats out of power on Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, for Democratic incumbents, their approvals have not been significantly higher than those of their Republican counterparts.

The public sees a problem that Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel described on ABC's "This Week" Sunday: America is getting "locked into a bogged-down problem" like Vietnam. "The longer we stay, the more problems we are going to have," said the decorated Vietnam vet and possible 2008 presidential candidate.

Yet, while a debate over the war has erupted between Republicans and Republicans, Democrats wrestle with an ambivalence that reminds me of Gore Vidal's description of the Vietnam-era Congress: Unsure of whether to be hawks or doves, they sound like capons.

A capon, for the enlightenment of the vegetarians in my audience, is a castrated chicken.

With most of the party's congressional wing having voted for the war three years ago, many have a hard time admitting now that they were misled. The result is a deep division between the stay-the-course centrists and the get-out-soonest progressives that leaves leaders unable to come up with an alternative policy or consistent message that offers voters a choice, not an echo of Bush's policy.

Leaders like Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid of Nevada, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York criticize Bush, but only for the way he has tried to win, not on whether his goals are winnable.

Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold of Wisconsin last week became the first senator to call for a specific pullout deadline, defying his leadership. He later clarified on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that his date, Dec. 31, 2006, for all troops to be withdrawn from Iraq is only a "target," not a "deadline," and can be pushed back if circumstances require it.

With that, Feingold, who also may be running for president in 2008, gave voice to his party's increasingly impatient left-progressive wing that wants leading Democrats to get tougher in pushing for a troop withdrawal. Call them the "Cindy Sheehan" wing, after the famous protesting mother of a soldier killed in Iraq. Sheehan's camp near Bush's Texas ranch has invigorated the antiwar movement and put new pressure on Democratic moderates.

What are Dems to do? There's been a lot of talk in Democratic circles about how issues are "framed," a term of George Lakoff, a University of California at Berkeley professor of linguistics, who has advised party activists.

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Conservatives have spent decades defining their ideas, he notes, carefully choosing the language with which to present them and building an infrastructure of spokespeople through which to communicate them. By dictating the terms of national debate, conservatives have put progressives firmly on the defensive.

I am reminded of how Democrats used to have the lead on that art, which today is often called "spin." Democrats in President Lyndon B. Johnson's day knew how to clobber Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, the conservative 1964 Republican presidential nominee, by painting him as "trigger-happy." That pretty well describes the tunnel vision of Team Bush as they rushed this country into war with Iraq, stampeding past the United Nations, the inspections process and the apprehensions of Secretary of State Colin Powell, among other skeptics.

Today's issue should be not so much how and why we got into Iraq but whether we want tomorrow's foreign policy and national security to be led by the sort of trigger-happy tunnel vision that got us into the current mess.

That's not an alternative policy, but it is the beginning of a real contest of ideas for both parties to offer the voters. Richard Nixon, running against Lyndon B. Johnson's war in 1968, offered "peace with honor." Democrats need to offer at least that much.

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