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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 July 7, 2014 / 9 Tammuz, 5774

The Left Can't Contain Its Fantasies

By Mugger




JewishWorldReview.com | Left-wing Democrats have the ability, especially at election time, to express the sort of giddiness that confounds not only Republicans but centrist members of their own Party as well.

Looking at today's political climate at face value—with Barack Obama's sub-par approval numbers, unions taking a licking and red-state Democrats running away from Obamacare—it would appear that the November midterm elections will result in continued Republican control of the House, with an outside shot of taking the Senate as well. (I say "outside shot" since the GOP has blown opportunities in 2010 and 2012 to pick up seats because of disastrous candidate recruitment.)

Yet along comes Michael Tomasky, writing in the New York Review of Books (paywall), promoting the idea that a "new populism" just might be bubbling within the ranks of his Party. I find the basis of his theory faulty, as it's predicated on the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the spokeswoman of everything that's just and progressive. Her very saintly presence, Tomasky intimates, may be enough to ignite the faithful.

He writes: "Warren possesses a knack for earthy articulation of the liberal-populist worldview matched by no one else in American public life today." He adds that MSNBC, the partisan opposite of Fox, is contributing too, as hosts like Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes connect with the Democratic Beltway crowd. And Tomasky is encouraged that liberal media outlets like The Washington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, Daily Beast (where he writes DNC press releases) and The Washington Monthly are all on-board with the hope that Democrats are shedding the shackles of Bill Clinton's "Third Way" policies. Why he left out The New York Times, Talking Points Memo and The Daily Kos is left unexplained. And let's not forget the supposed symbolic presidential campaign of "moderate socialist" Sen. Bernie Sanders, who's "evidently" preparing a run not to win, but move Hillary Clinton to the left.

Tomasky concedes that Clinton, if she runs and is the Democratic nominee in 2016, would need to get some populist religion, given her ties to Big Money and inclination to play it safe politically. Yet he remembers that in her failed attempt at the '08 nomination Hillary, when it was clear Obama was whipping her, switched disguises and was seen "downing a shot of Crown Royal at a working-class bar in Indiana." The unspoken hope among lefties is that Clinton, run ragged for decades—accomplishing what, I'm not sure—will pass and that'll free up Warren to run on a platform raging about income inequality, a higher minimum wage and an expansion of entitlements. Then there's Maryland's term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley, an ambitious, out-for-himself chameleon who'd gladly don the populist white hat if required. And who knows, maybe first-term NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, another left-wing teddy bear, will dodge any scrapes in the city and come to the rescue.

This is all rather confusing.



Where does Tomasky think all the foot soldiers for The Cause are going to come from, aside from liberal media outlets? A neutral observer (which I'm not) will, after shaking the cobwebs, recall the short-lived Occupy Wall Street movement from a few years ago that was, if you believed the rhapsodic press accounts, the new force that would bring Wall Street, the Tea Party, the "1 percent," mega-banks, Rupert Murdoch, the Koch brothers, insurance companies and corporations like Walmart to their knees. (It goes without saying that Hollywood millionaires and Silicon Valley tech billionaires are exempt from scorn.) It didn't happen, of course, as the rudderless throngs that gathered at Zuccotti Park and countless other urban locations either got bored or frustrated with their protests. OWS, which for several months really did look like a potential political player—far more significant than blue-state scold Elizabeth Warren—squandered its potency and, at least right now, is a footnote.

In fact, if there were a significant populist wave that captures the imagination of Americans, I'd say it's likely to come from the Republican Party, with the likes of Sen. Rand Paul (sculpting a more "electable" image every day), Govs. Scott Walker and John Kasich and maybe Sen. Marco Rubio. The Other Side. It's messy: the GOP would need to dispatch the polarizing and narcissistic Sen. Ted Cruz, insufferable moralists Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, forget the names Mitt Romney and Chris Christie and dispel any idea that Jeb Bush might be the palooka to combat Mrs. Clinton. (I like Bush, but the toxicity of his last name has nullified him as a viable candidate, and I suspect he'll withdraw his name shortly, and instead resign himself to playing kingmaker for his 37-year-old son George P. Bush, who's running for Land Commissioner in Texas. A nightmare scenario for both Republicans and Democrats is an eventual G.P. Bush vs. Chelsea Clinton presidential election sooner rather than later.)

It's all guesswork at this point for both Democrats and Republicans, and will remain so until after the midterms. So Tomasky's Warren fantasy (he's jazzed that her videos of her speeches and "decimat[ing] slow-witted cable hosts" go "viral," which is an unreliable indicator of a "groundswell") is both embryonic and harmless. But I'll be a sport and give the guy an A for enthusiasm.

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