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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 May 8, 2012/ 16 Iyar, 5772

Can Indiana nice save an old lion?

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Smashmouth politics, the norm nearly everywhere else, has overtaken "Indiana nice" on the banks of the old Wabash. A lion of the Senate — as Senate lions are now measured — is likely to fall today.

All the polls say so. One of them shows Richard Mourdock, challenging Richard Lugar, seeking his seventh six-year term, up by 10 points. Mr. Lugar once seemed invincible. He was elected without significant opposition in 2006 because Democrats figured there was no point even in fielding a candidate.

"That's his weakness, and probably fatal," says a Republican pol who claims to have no horse in this race. "Lugar is the last man in Indiana who still believes he's invincible."

Richard Mourdock, practicing the "Indiana nice" that Hoosiers left and right are so proud of, never loses an opportunity to embellish his conservative Tea Party credentials, but he takes pains to say that he regards Mr. Lugar as "a great public servant," an "icon of Republican politics." He told a party rally not long ago in Indianapolisthat "I have voted for him many times in the past."

But hope and change are not just Democratic yearnings, and Mr. Mourdock's television commercials, which have saturated the soft air of an Indiana spring, are considerably harsher than Indiana nice. "When Dick Lugar moved to Washington he left behind more than his house," a Mourdock surrogate intones. "He left behind his conservative Indiana values. Lugar's been in Washington for 36 years. That's too long. Time for a change."

The Lugar rhetoric is not so Indiana nice, either. In recent days, the senator's rhetoric turned alternately bellicose and pleading, accusing Mr. Mourdock, 61, the state treasurer since 2007, of being "unqualified," a "neophyte" with no experience beyond Indiana, who will be overwhelmed by big-league politics. But at the weekend the senator, 80, turned to cries more for mercy than help. The onetime "icon" called a press conference to present a list of constituencies — "farmers, labor unions, veterans, Jews, women and other minorities" — who owe him their votes because of what he has done for them over his six terms.

"I believe that right now, if a majority of Hoosiers were to vote in an election, that is, all Hoosiers regardless of party . . . I would win. I have a majority support in our state . . . I'm not asking anybody to cross over."

But that's exactly what he's asking Democrats to do, to vote in the Republican primary, perfectly legal in Indiana. Others in the Republican establishment in Washington, including Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, have done so, too. The senator's most fervent support, in fact, comes from theWashington engineers on the federal gravy train, and may be more hindrance than help this year. It's probably not nice to say so, but a lot ofIndiana voters — maybe most — think Washingtonstinks.

The loyalty Mr. Lugar is pleading for in extremis is loyalty he has not always shown to other Republicans. The very day of the final Republican debate four years ago he praised Barack Obama's "foreign policy approach" in a speech at the National Defense University, and warned against John McCain's "isolationist reactive policies." Mr. McCain does not hold a grudge, apparently, and has endorsed his old tormentor's re-election effort. The Senate club commands the fiercest loyalties.

Mr. Mourdock has strong Washington allies as well, who have pumped millions of dollars into the effort to defeat Mr. Lugar. The senator has been cited, in mailers and television commercials, for his support of amnesty for illegal aliens, support of the bailout of Wall Street and General Motors and Chrysler, for confirming Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court and for declining to join 33 Republican senators in supporting a Florida lawsuit attacking the constitutionality of Obamacare, to which Indiana is also a party.

Mr. Lugar might well pull an upset, though the momentum is clearly with Richard Mourdock. Some early Lugar endorsers are having second thoughts on the eve of the primary. Mitch Daniels, the popular Republican governor who was once the senator's chief of staff, is most prominent among them. If Mr. Mourdock wins, he says, the governor will cheerfully support him.

"He's a thoroughly credible person — you know, a friend and ally of mine," he says. "I was in an awkward position, to say the least, between two people I know and like and admire." The early endorsement of the senator just seemed like the genteel, delicate "Indiana nice" thing to do.

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