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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 Jan 3, 2012/ 8 Teves, 5772

The night the music stops

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Tonight's the night the music stops, if only for a pause, and the Republican game of musical chairs eliminates several candidates who have outlived their welcome in living rooms across the land.

Spin rooms will be awash in losers' arguments that momentum -- "the big 'mo,'" as George Bush the elder famously called it -- is more important than actually winning, that what American voters are really looking for is a good also-ran. But nobody gets to cash the ticket of an also-ran, not at the racetrack and not anywhere else.

Wednesday morning we won't have to listen to either the horse-race pundits, with their three-for-a-dime predictions, or doom-crying candidates of desperation. We'll have the results to thin the bloat.

The smart money is on Mitt Romney, the castor-oil candidate, where the smart money has been since the primary season opened an eon ago. Castor oil tastes awful, but Grandma insists it's good for you, and the best a lot of Republicans are counting on is that Granny shows up with a small spoon.

The Pundit Primary is mercifully behind us now, no more debates before the actual voting begins, and a lot less trivia. From here on, beginning next week in New Hampshire, presidential politics is for the grown-ups. AfterSouth Carolina on Jan. 21 and Florida on Jan. 31, the suspense is likely to be over. The Republicans will have their opponent for Barack Obama.

While everyone else was having fun rummaging through Newt's baggage, Herman Cain's date book, and listening to Ron Paul's endless funeral dirge for America, the minions at the White House and at Republican headquarters in Washington have been hard at work on catalogs of stuff the candidates only wish would go away. The candidates and their campaigns are about to feel the pain of the meanest, vilest, lowest-down trick you can do to a candidate -- reciting his own words back to him, accurately. Since nearly everything a modern president says is captured on tape, there's an abundance of material.

One particularly dirty trick to be employed in a campaign commercial will reprise President Obama's appearance on the NBC "Today Show" in 2009: if he couldn't fix the economy over the next three years, he says on camera, "then there's going to be a one-term proposition."

There's a clip from an ABC-TV interview of only two months ago of the president reprising Ronald Reagan's famous challenge to voters to ask themselves whether they were better off after four years of Jimmy Carter. Speaking of his own administration, Mr. Obama tells George Stephanopoulos, "I don't think [Americans are] better off than they were four years ago."

The president's dilemma, Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, tells The Washington Post, is that "he made so many promises in so many places." The Republican campaign intends to arm as many local reporters, bloggers and ordinary voters with the president's own words so they can say to him when he returns to Scranton, Columbus, Cleveland and other scenes of the crime, 'Hey, we're armed here with information about the last time you were here, and we want you to answer to yourself."

Once upon a time, a politician confronted with himself could merely deny himself. More recently, he could decry the awful crime of his remarks being taken "out of context," though this was usually regarded as confession and confirmation. But in the age of the Internet, with video cameras and tape recorders the size of a package of cigarettes, no rogue, rascal or scoundrel is safe from exposure on the front page, the evening news and YouTube.

A candidate armed with good writers and a gift for synthetic eloquence and the ability to fake sincerity is best advised to stick to playing the violin -- sweet, pretty and not necessarily original. Mitt Romney, who looks like a president, is particularly effective playing a violin against the backdrop of flags, as in his closing television commercial in Iowa:

"When generations of immigrants looked up and saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time, one thing they knew beyond any doubt . . . is they were coming to a place where anything was possible; that in America, their children would have a better life . . . the American ideals of economic freedom and opportunity need a clear and unapologetic defense, and I intend to make it, because I have lived it . . . We stand for freedom and opportunity and hope. The principles that made this nation a great and powerful leader of the world have not lost their meaning -- and they never will."

Try throwing that back at him.

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