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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 Feb 21, 2014 / 21 Adar I, 5774

Loose lips to sink Republican ships

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Loose lips sink ships, everyone was warned during World War II, when the North Atlantic was a tangle of ships taking food and arms to England with German submarines in hot pursuit, sinking ships faster than Henry Kaiser could build them. Loose lips can sink political campaigns, too. Republican lips, sometimes operated from the hips, can be loose, indeed.

The Groggy Old Party thought it had a lock on taking back the Senate two years ago. But certain Republican candidates yearned to be gynecologists, and instead of talking about jobs, taxes and health care, conducted seminars on female plumbing. Loose talk by the quacks was catching. Quackery followed in other places. Goodbye to sure-fire victories in Missouri and Indiana, following earlier blunders in Nevada and Delaware. Harry Reid survived the assault of the blunderbuss regiment.

Candidates of all persuasions, Democrats no less than Republicans, have to be careful who they're seen in public with. Greg Abbott is the Republican attorney general of Texas and every oddsmaker's favorite for promotion to governor in November. He invited an aging rock musician with a loose mouth who was semi-famous 40 years ago to campaign with him the other day, and now he wishes he hadn't.

Ted Nugent makes his living saying outrageous things and once set some of them to guitar music, and he still can't resist anyone with a pencil or a microphone. He thinks he's as important as his surviving fans say he is, and in an interview with Guns.com, he even blamed himself for Barack Obama.

"I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured sub-human mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America."

No office-seeker needs help from someone with a vicious mouth like that, and the flummoxed Abbott campaign staggered through the first news cycle until it bowed, as any novice pol would have known, to the inevitable. Mr. Abbott would no longer use the rabble-rocker at public events. But he wouldn't specifically disavow the characterization of President Obama as "a subhuman mongrel."

"While [Ted Nugent] may sometimes say things or use language that Greg Abbott would not endorse or agree with," an Abbott campaign aide told the Dallas Morning News, "we appreciate the support of everyone who supports our Constitution."

The confusion in the Abbott campaign follows a particularly bad patch of media for Wendy Davis, widely expected to be Mr. Abbott's Democratic opponent. The Dallas Morning News, which wields a big stick in Texas politics, found discrepancies in the glowing but factually challenged Davis campaign biography, and a long accounting of her early stumbles followed last Sunday in the New York Times Sunday Magazine.



Nothing recedes like success, and in politics success recedes with lightning swiftness. The Morning News turned its focus this week on Greg Abbott and his poor judgment in choosing campaign allies. Mr. Abbott wants to portray the Nugent indecency as a controversy encouraged by people who don't like guns - that if you like guns you have to like Greg Abbott, no matter who his friends are.

"There are two things you have to do to win public office in Texas," Christy Hoppe, the state capital bureau chief of the Morning News, tells CNN, "and that's how to lead in prayer and know how to shoot a gun. Greg Abbott has done both, and he's underscoring his credentials there by inviting Ted Nugent."

The rocker is obviously an acquired taste, and the bluster and vulgarity that outrages the church-going Texas culture only feeds the frenzy where rock fans congregate. The Abbott campaign was thrilled when Mr. Nugent attracted 300 fans to an appearance where only 100 were expected.

Tod Robberson, another Morning News editorialist, recalls that Mr. Nugent calls women "fat pigs" and describes as "beautiful" sex with underage girls. "Those are the family values Greg Abbott wants represented on the stage with him as he campaigns."

It's difficult to imagine Wendy Davis actually defeating Greg Abbott, or to imagine that guns in Texas need the endorsement of a rock musician, and a yankee to boot. Texas is among the reddest of the red states. But the Nugent fiasco should be a caution for Greg Abbott and the Republicans. It's still a long way to November, and the road to success is paved with potholes.

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