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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 Jan. 14, 2014/ 13 Shevat, 5774

Christie's debt to a traffic jam

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Chris Christie owes a lot to the Fort Lee traffic jam. He's getting a lot of street cred with the conservatives who only yesterday were skeptical of the governor, remembering his wet-kiss romance with Barack Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. He couldn't be all bad if the Democrats — and particularly the partisan chorus in the media — are trying to destroy his presidential ambitions.

The media, wheezing and blowing hard to keep the story on the boil, and the governor's tormentors in Trenton and Washington, are hysterically elbowing each other out of the way to get to what they imagine is blood in the water. But it might turn out to be not blood, but razzberry Kool-Aid. We know what happens when you drink the wrong the Kool-Aid.

The governor's tormentors are what the frustrated meanies in Middle America used to deride as the eastcoast/libsnob/comsymp/fagpunks, who inhabit a world detached from the rest of the country and its anxieties, concerns and assorted pains. Readers, viewers and voters in Valdosta, Topeka, East Gondola and points between have more on their minds than a traffic jam in New Jersey, and if they think about it at all, probably figure that if commuters from New York City are inconvenienced, it's no more than they deserve.

The traffic jam at the New Jersey end of the George Washington Bridge — what the dull and unimaginative with no gift for clever language are calling "Bridgegate" — is actually about worn out, and Monday, everyone was piling on about a $25 million advertising campaign to lure tourists to the Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy.

It's an ill wind that blows nobody good, and certain Republican politicians won't let the good of the party get in the way of piling on when a rival, or even a potential rival, goes down. Ronald Reagan's famous Eleventh Commandment — "Speak no ill of another Republican" — gets no traction when dogs are dining on dogs. Rand Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, got his licks in early in anticipation of running against the governor for the Republican nomination in 2016, and the pundits pulled his remarks out of the August archives on Monday. "When people are trying to do good and trying to use the taxpayers' money wisely," he said back in August, his piety on proud display, "they're offended to see our money spent on political ads."



Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., New Jersey Democrat, wants the government to investigate. "This was money that could have been directly used for Sandy recovery. Many of my constituents still haven't gotten the money that is owed to them to rebuild their homes or to help." Actually, Sandy recovery was the point of trying to get tourists to return to New Jersey, but if Mr. Pallone wants to speed up the relief money you might think he would address his concerns to President Obama, who controls the federal spigot.

Democrats hardly know how to criticize government spending, and the heat began to evaporate on this point when it turned out that the White House approved the television campaign, which may or may not stop the media weeping and wailing. Not much does.

E.J. Dionne Jr., who cries tears by the bucket for The Washington Post, writes that the great fear striding the land "is that a leader or the coterie around him will abuse the authority of the state arbitrarily, to gather yet more power, punish opponents and, in the process, harm rank-and-file citizens whose well-being matters not a whit to those who are trying to enhance their control."

Many of his readers gasped, a few fainted, and some had to be revived in the emergency room, thinking that he, one of the noisiest of the president's lap dogs, had unaccountably begun to write about the president turning the Internal Revenue Service loose on his Republican critics. Just in time, E.J. made it clear that he was talking about the traffic jam, not Form 1040gate.

Scandalgates just aren't what they used to be. Richard Nixon, the original gate-gate man, was bigger than a traffic jam. Even ol' Bubba, with his redneck Don Juan impersonation, usually left them laughing, if not exactly crying for more.

If the Republicans are the tough guys some of them think they are, they'll introduce a congressional resolution demanding a joint investigation of official abuse — Mr. Christie's culpability in traffic control and Mr. Obama's culpability in IRS tax revenge. Who could oppose it? Let's see the White House dance to that tune.

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