Jewish World Review Nov. 17, 2010 / 10 Kislev, 5771
Winners and Losers
By Paul Greenberg
Credit for best timing in this year's midterm elections goes to
Worst prediction of the year? My nomination: "We are going to maintain our majority." --The Hon.
Taking second place would be this pronouncement on
Her response to the Democratic defeat she did so much to ensure? Ms. Pelosi promptly announced that now she'll run for minority leader of the House come the next session of
"So how's this hope-y, change-y thing workin' out for ya?"
As the election results were hashed and rehashed after this month's midterms, television and radio seemed full of failed politicos offering advice. How strange: Failure seems to have developed a certain cachet in our society. Maybe because all that empty air time has to be filled.
Of course there were also interviews with the bright new shiny successes, too. But just give 'em enough time, and sufficient hubris, and they, too, may have great futures ahead of them as failures. It's the newest career field.
Getting beat like a drum does have its advantages; it leaves a political wizard time to stage a comeback, the way the
The midterms also produced a new star in the Republican firmament --
Well, not exactly nowhere. He's a product of
The moral of this story: Communist dictatorships have produced a lot more fervent conservatives than the
Here's a ponderous piece of prose that's just too delicious, too
"One could argue that the most fundamental choice facing the new Republican House majority, in particular, is whether to stand on cultural or intellectual dissent -- or, to put it another way, whether they want to cast themselves principally as the party of
Or as the equally simplistic headline above his column summed up his message: "Emotional or Cerebral: Republicans Face a Choice in How to Oppose."
Mr. Bai has a point: One could indeed argue ... almost anything. Including this false choice. Having asked which tactic the
Why choose between heart and mind? Together, they're said to make a powerful combination. As an early Republican named
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