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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 September 27, 2012/ 11 Tishrei, 5773

'The Mythology of Obama's Obstacles

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Certain quotes take on a mythical quality. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell entered that pantheon when he said, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

On "60 Minutes" Sunday, the president observed, "When I first came into office, the head of the Senate Republicans said, 'My No. 1 priority is making sure President Obama's a one-term president.'" It's the Dems' favorite talking point, that from day one, Republicans wouldn't play fairly.

At an editorial board meeting Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein declared: "A decision was made early on after the election by Republicans that this president should not succeed. I happened to hear it on the floor of the Senate, sitting in my office on the opening day, listening to (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid speak and then McConnell." She paraphrased the quote and then added, "I saw it happen."

There is a problem with political mythology; like memory, I can attest, it can be fuzzy with the facts. McConnell said those words from Kentucky over the phone during an interview with NationalJournal's Major Garrett in October 2010. The interview was about the upcoming 2010 midterm elections, which netted the GOP six Senate seats and 63 seats in the House.

McConnell also said, "If (Obama is) willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it's not inappropriate for us to do business with him." And: "I don't want the president to fail; I want him to change."

And it happened for a time. In December 2010, the Senate voted 81-19 for a deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for two years (to make Republicans happy) and to extend unemployment benefits and cut payroll taxes by 2 percent (to make Democrats happy). McConnell was one of 37 GOP "yes" votes. The president saluted the compromise package as "a win for American families."

Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gave the Obama quote two Pinocchios. "In the Democratic narrative, the top GOP senator signaled early on he had no intention of cooperating with the new president," Kessler wrote. To the contrary, McConnell uttered that infamous sentence during an interview about elections "at the midpoint, after Obama had enacted many of his preferred policies."

You've got to credit the White House for its ability to spin. Within a week of the NationalJournal story, Obama was lamenting the "troubling" nature of McConnell's partisan remark.

"We'd like to have a Republican president," countered unapologetic McConnell spokesman Don Stewart. "Shocker. Stop the presses."

Over time, big Democrats started to change the timeline and the venue to make McConnell's words appear not just overly partisan but downright un-American. Apparently, they now are buying their own spin. You can hear the anguish in their voices. Poor Obama, he never had a chance with these guys.

Final point: Operatives usually practice political mythology to make a candidate seem stronger, better, truer. But in 2012, Democrats are distorting the facts to argue that their president never stood a chance against that evil genius, Mitch McConnell.

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