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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 March 18, 2014 / 16 Adar II, 5774

Creepy-crawlies and November voters

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | Pretty soon the Republicans on the line in November will have to worry about peaking too soon. Democrats are up to their knees in a large slough of despond. All about seems only despair and dejection with no way out.

When Walter Cronkite, the gray eminence of television news and once a fan of the Vietnam War, turned against it, Lyndon Johnson threw up his hands. "If I've lost Cronkite," he told an aide, "I've lost America."

Theirs is no gray eminence any longer in television news - who needs one when you've got Megyn Kelly - but there is that creepy crawly thing that goes up and down Chris Matthews' leg (the left one, probably) to give him a cheap thrill when he thinks of Barack Obama. But now the thrill is gone. Chris now concedes the Senate to the Republicans.

It's true that things don't look great for the Democrats. It's still early, and the Republicans have a gift for putting up goofy candidates who say foolish things. But the pungent odor of defeat hangs heavy over President Obama and the White House and Democratic incumbents in the House dread his getting anywhere near their districts between now and November. It's usually impolitic to say this about a president of your own party, but the embattled incumbents, and that includes most of them, are trying now to invent clever ways to say, "Obama who?"

If it's crucial to remember that "it's the economy, Stupid," as James Carville famously suggested in the mantra he wrote for Bill Clinton three presidents ago, it's difficult to see how the outlook will get much brighter this year for the Democrats. They can run from Obamacare, but they can't hide. They voted for it, and nobody else did. "Fix it, don't repeal it," and "Mend it, don't break it," is thin soup. Republicans tried this once with "Stay the course," and it didn't work then, either. The long view is never popular with voters.



The president's approval rating, on which Democratic prospects ride, has been sinking steadily since the rollout of Obamacare. A new poll for the New York Times-CBS News shows his approval down to 41 percent, with disapproval at 51 percent. Only 38 percent approve of his handling of the economy.

The Democrats will try to change the subject, but they can't unless the Republicans let them. "It's the economy, Stupid," and fortunately for the Republicans that economy includes Obamacare. It's part of what Eric Cantor, the leader of the Republican majority in the House, calls "the middle-class squeeze." It's a clever term, short and memorable if not so sweet, because the middle class is where everyone wants to be. Relieving the middle-class squeeze is where every politician should want to be.

When they're changing the subject, the Democrats will invariably want to change it to a subject that no one else is much interested in talking about. Global warming, even if called "climate change," has no particular appeal; one poll finds that voters rank it 14th of 15 concerns. Free condoms and gay wedding cakes can stir up the left-wing fever swamp, but have little appeal to anyone but feminists and gay wedding planners.

Republicans must replace six Democratic senators to take control of the Senate, and, with serendipitous fortune, the keys lie in several red states where President Obama is particularly unpopular. The Republicans have good candidates who face weak incumbents in several of these states. These weak incumbents include Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, Mark Pryor in Arkansas, John Walsh in Montana and Mark Udall in Colorado. In addition, there's an open seat in West Virginia.

Mistakes, who makes them and who doesn't, will determine some of the winners. Mark Pryor, for example, is locked in a close race with Rep. Tom Cotton, the Republican challenger who served two tours of military duty, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He's particularly popular in his district for having survived not only Iraq and Afghanistan, but a college education at Harvard as well. Mr. Pryor feels a hot breath on the back of his neck, and told an NBC interviewer the other day that he thinks Mr. Cotton has the "sense of entitlement that he gives off is that, almost like, 'I survived my country, let me into the Senate. But that's not how it works in Arkansas." But it often is. Arkansas once had successive lieutenant governors who were holders of the Medal of Honor and sacrifice is deeply honored there.

It's mistakes like this that cost elections. Dumb and thoughtless remarks can be replayed dozens of times during a campaign. Let the peaking begin.

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