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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 Nov. 26, 2012/ 12 Kislev, 5773

Dems don't seem to mind the Electoral College now

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As morose conservatives search for silver linings in the cloud of gloom that descended upon us Nov. 6, one sliver of silver is that liberals are likely now to put on the back burner their efforts to dismantle the Electoral College.

The customary effect of the Electoral College is to magnify the margin of victory of the winner of the popular vote, as it did this time. If Mitt Romney had gotten fewer than half a million votes more in Florida, Virginia, Ohio and Colorado, he'd be president-elect. But President Barack Obama won a landslide in the Electoral College, 332-206.

In four of 57 presidential elections, however, the popular vote winner lost the election.

• In 1824, Andrew Jackson won the popular vote in a four-way race, but lost to John Quincy Adams in the House of Representatives when Henry Clay (who was Speaker of the House) threw his support to Adams in exchange for appointment as Secretary of State.

• In 1876, Democrat Samuel J. Tilden won 51 percent of the popular vote, but lost by a single vote in the Electoral College to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes when -- in a deal to end Reconstruction -- all the disputed votes of South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana were awarded to Hayes.

• In 1888, President Grover Cleveland got 48.6 percent of the popular vote in his bid for re-election, eight-tenths of a percentage point more than the 47.8 percent Republican Benjamin Harrison received, but lost in the Electoral College, 233-168. Cleveland racked up big popular vote margins in the South, but lost by much narrower margins in the Northeast and Midwest. The president lost New York -- his home state -- by less than 1 percentage point, chiefly because Tammany Hall, the Democratic political machine in New York City, opposed him.

• In 2000, Al Gore got 48.4 percent of the popular vote, half a percentage point more than George W. Bush's 47.9 percent, but lost in the Electoral College, 271-266, when Mr. Bush won Florida by 587 votes. It was this election that prompted efforts by some Democrats to have the winner of the national popular vote declared the winner of the election.

Special circumstances that won't ever be repeated were the reasons why the popular vote winners lost in 1824 and 1876. In 1888 and 2000, the popular vote winner won by a percentage point or less. This doesn't justify changing the conception that the United States is a union of states that granted only partial sovereignty to the federal government. But Democrats haven't much regard for the plain meaning of the words of the Constitution.

Democrats care about winning and aren't particular about how they do it. Which is why the Electoral College is getting a reprieve. Now that it appears to provide Democrats with an advantage, they're concluding the Founding Fathers had a pretty good idea after all.

That's good, because abolition of the Electoral College would be an invitation to voting fraud on a mind-boggling scale. Without it, we could never again have a recount if an election were as close as those in 1876, 1888 or 2000 because recounting all the votes would be out of the question.

Under the Constitution, states may apportion their electoral votes among their congressional districts, with the two for their U.S. senators going to the popular vote winner in the state. Only Maine (four electoral votes) and Nebraska (five) do this. If every state did, the already remote possibility that the popular vote winner would lose in the Electoral College would diminish.

If electoral votes were cast by congressional districts, recounts could be restricted to districts where the outcome was in doubt or chicanery was suspected. This would reduce substantially the consequences of voting fraud.

Currently, presidential candidates campaign only in about a dozen swing states. They visit California, Texas, New York and Illinois just to raise funds. But in the dark blue and dark red states, there are districts the other candidate could carry. If electoral votes were cast by congressional district, national elections would be national. What a concept!

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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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