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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. 8, 2013 / 5 Kislev, 5774

Lesson's Learned from Tuesday's Election

By Linda Chavez



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Both Democratic and Republican strategists are dissecting Tuesday's election results for clues to what might happen in next year's congressional elections. State races in off years are not always good predictors of how a party will do nationally during congressional or presidential elections, but there are some important lessons to be learned.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's reelection win was predictable. He is a popular reformer who reached out to minorities and women running in a state that has had its fill of Democratic corruption and tax hikes. He's a conservative — a pro-life Catholic who personally opposes gay marriage — but he never tried to make social issues a focus of his campaign. When Christie welcomed President Obama to tour damage along the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy just before last year's presidential election, many conservatives felt betrayed. But his constituents thought he was putting them before partisan politics. The lesson: Style matters.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's gubernatorial loss was just as predictable. The one thing that was not predicted was how very close Cuccinelli came to defeating Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Cuccinelli lost by only 2.5 percent, not the double digits the polls predicted right up to Election Day. What makes the narrow race more remarkable was that McAuliffe, one of the most prodigious fundraisers in American politics, outspent Cuccinelli by nearly two to one. The lesson: Money matters — a lot.

If Republicans hope to do well next year, they need to follow Christie's example in reaching out to nontraditional GOP voters. Christie won a majority of Hispanic votes, while Cuccinelli garnered fewer Hispanic voters than Mitt Romney did last year — and Hispanics are becoming a more significant sector of the electorate in Virginia as elsewhere.



Cuccinelli's hard line on immigration hurt him significantly, as did comments he made on a radio station in 2012, which turned into fodder for McAuliffe's Spanish-language ads. Cuccinelli criticized a D.C. pest control law he said protected rodents from extermination: "It is worse than our immigration policy — you can't break up rat families, or raccoons or all the rest. And you can't even kill them." The remarks infuriated many Hispanic voters, and rightly so. If the GOP keeps alienating this growing segment of the electorate, it can kiss the White House goodbye.

But foot-in-mouth disease isn't the Republican Party's only problem. Democrats are proving to be better fundraisers than Republicans. If McAuliffe had not been able to outspend Cuccinelli by such a wide margin, the Republican actually might have won. By mid-October, the full disaster that was the rollout of Obamacare was becoming obvious to many voters. But Cuccinelli had no money to flood the airwaves with new ads, while McAuliffe could still spend millions to portray his opponent as a dangerous reactionary. Many voters were beginning to catch on to the obvious lies of Obama and supporters of his health-care takeover, like McAuliffe, but Cuccinelli didn't have enough money to exploit growing dissatisfaction.

Next year's election could well pivot on Obamacare. Except for the poor and near poor — who are already in the pocket of the Democratic Party — Obamacare will prove a bad bargain for most Americans. Those who already have insurance, either through their employer or individually, will likely see their premiums and deductibles rise. And those who don't have insurance will find their options more limited. The young and healthy will be denied the kind of catastrophic policies well suited to their needs, while being forced to pay for services they don't want. After everything finally shakes out, there still will be millions of uninsured Americans, while those with insurance may find their pocketbooks lighter and their choices fewer.

The Democrats are banking that none of this will matter as long as they hold onto their core constituencies: blacks, Hispanics, single women, union members and the over-educated affluent. As exit polls in Virginia showed this week, those with advanced degrees and those earning more than $200,000 are now reliable Democratic voters. And these latter two groups help fill Democratic coffers so that the GOP no longer has the money edge it once did.

Tuesday's elections should give Republicans hope for next year. But it will take a lot more outreach and more money to turn hope into GOP victory in 2014.

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JWR contributor Linda Chavez is President of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Her latest book is "Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics". (Click HERE to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.)

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