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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 Nov. 9, 2009 / 22 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

Centrist Dems beware

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | WHY should I die on this hill he's chosen?


If you were a cavalryman with Custer at the Little Big Horn on the afternoon of June 25, 1876, it was a little late to be asking this question.


But if you're one of the 84 Democrats who represent districts carried either by George W. Bush in 2004 or John McCain last year, the time to ponder this is before casting a potential career- terminating vote on health-care "reform."


The gubernatorial elections Tuesday in Virginia and New Jersey Tuesday were, for Democrats in swing districts, either a nightmare or a wake-up call, depending upon their state of wakefulness.


In Virginia, a "purple" state Barack Obama won by 7 percentage points last fall, Republican Bob McDonnell crushed Democrat Creigh Deeds by nearly 18 points. In New Jersey, a deep "blue" state Mr. Obama won by 15 percentage points, Republican Chris Christie ousted incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine (who outspent him by more than three to one), 49 percent to 45 percent, with independent Chris Daggett winning 6 percent.


The White House says both races were decided by local factors, that neither should be seen as a referendum on the President or his policies.


But you, swing-district Democrat, you know that's just spin. You recall that four years ago, when Democrats won the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, Rahm Emmanuel, now the White House chief of staff, heralded them as the beginnings of a national trend toward the Democrats (which they turned out to be).


Mr. Corzine was arguably the most unpopular governor in the country, quite capable of losing in a heavily Democratic state all by himself. In the end, that's what I think happened. Mr. Obama shouldn't be blamed for his defeat.


But Mr. Obama didn't help. He campaigned hard for Mr. Corzine, appearing with him three times in the final two weeks of the campaign. Mr. Corzine lost by a slightly larger margin than he was trailing in polls at the time the President began his campaign push.


So if you get in trouble with your constituents, swing-district Democrat, can you count on the President to bail you out? The evidence from New Jersey suggests no. But it's the results in Virginia that more greatly concern you. That' s because the Old Dominion is a swing state, like the district you represent.


Mr. Deeds had been sinking like a stone in the polls for a month and the White House publicly washed its hands of him two weeks before the election. Mr. Deeds was losing, two "senior White House officials" told the Washington Post, because he didn't tie himself closely enough to the President and his policies.


Whatever Mr. Deeds' shortcomings might be, he wasn't the only Democrat in Virginia who suffered. For the first time in modern history, one party, the GOP, now controls all statewide offices. And the Republicans gained six seats in the House of Delegates, to take a 59-39 edge. Two independents usually vote with the GOP.


The economy was the biggest concern for voters in New Jersey and Virginia, according to exit polls. But in Virginia health care was the second-largest issue.


Three freshmen Democrats were elected in Virginia last year. In the 2nd district, Glenn Nye won by 5 percentage points. Mr. McDonnell won there by 24 points Tuesday. In the 5th, Tom Perriello won by two-tenths of 1 percentage point. Mr. McDonnell won there by 22 points. In the 11th, Gerry Connolly won by 12 points, Mr. McDonnell by 10. And in the 9th, represented since 1982 by Democrat Rick Boucher, Mr. McDonnell won by 34 points.


Even Mr. Boucher has to wonder how often he can vote for something his constituents strongly oppose and expect to be re-elected.


Scott Rasmussen was the pollster who most accurately predicted the result in New Jersey. His polling indicates 42 percent of Americans favor Obamacare; 54 percent oppose it.


Politicians tend to prefer their perpetuation in office to passage of any particular bill. The Chicago Way is to get the votes necessary through bribery and intimidation. But congressmen cost more than aldermen, and scrutiny is greater on the national stage. Besides, it is both unseemly and ineffective to bully from a position of weakness.

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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.

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