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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 Sept. 7, 2010 / 28 Elul, 5770

Stealing the strategy to save Nancy Pelosi

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Who says bipartisan co-operation in Washington is dead? The Democrats have borrowed a nifty Republican strategy for the autumn congressional elections: Let's run against Barack Obama. Why not? It's working for the Republicans.

Nancy Pelosi, watching her prospects for continuing as speaker of the House slipping steadily away, cries for somebody to do something, anything. For starters, she's demanding that Democratic incumbents in safe districts (if any) more or less suspend their own campaigns and send their money to colleagues doomed to having to go home to find real jobs.

"We need to know your commitments," Mzz Pelosi wrote to her colleagues last week, demanding they call her within 72 hours to tell her how they can help save her job. "The day after the election we do not want to have any regrets."

But regrets are for sissies. Real men panic. Some Democratic candidates, having run from association with the president, now take care not to mention party affiliation in campaign ads, cards, flyers and brochures. In private conversations they eagerly concede having "got it wrong" after their big '08 success. Every public-opinion poll is worse than the one before it. Rasmussen, the most reliable of the polls of recent election cycles, finds that as of Labor Day, 48 percent of likely voters would vote for the Republican candidate in their districts, and 36 percent would vote for the Democrat. This 12-point spread continues the largest Republican "generic ballot" lead ever. Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, says "voters are ready to deliver the same message in 2010 that they delivered in 2006 and 2008 as they prepare to vote against the party in power for the third straight election [cycle]. These results suggest a fundamental rejection of both political parties."

This observation tells Republicans they shouldn't be so pleased with themselves. This looks like a Republican year only because Republicans are the only available alternatives to Democrats. The Republicans stink, the voters are saying, but Democratic stink is far more pungent. It's why the traditional election theme of the Grumpy Old Party, "Vote Republican, We're Not as Bad as You Think," works best after a few years of Democratic dominance.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, concedes that prospects are so terrifying that the party will have to throw the weak out of the life boats. "We're going to have to win these races one by one," he says. Message to President Obama: "Stay away. Stay far away. Health care? What health care?" The situation seems so dire to some Democrats that they're waving flags the party kept furled in the closet for decades. Rep. Ike Skelton, who has represented a Missouri district for 34 years and has rarely broken a sweat in re-election campaigns, can't find a bloody shirt but accuses his Republican opponent of insufficient passion in supporting the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Even the professors, who get their inside dope from reading the newspapers, concede that the prospects for the Democrats are not rosy. Thousands of political science profs descended on Washington last week for seminars and stuff and all the buzz was about their computer models - the modern version of crystal balls - showing dramatic Republican gains. Few would say out loud that it looks like a Republican takeover of the House, but a man of even limited literacy could read between the lines.

Prof. Alfred G. Cuzan of the University of West Florida, writing in a learned paper, says his computer model takes into account past elections, economic growth, job creation and inflation, and shows the Republicans coming close to taking the House, but no cigar. It all depends on "some combination of random disturbances and systemic factors," which is profspeak for "only time will tell." But Dartmouth's Prof. Joseph Bafumi has a crystal ball with no clouds. His model, reports Stephen Dinan in The Washington Times, combines a look at incumbents and "open" seats with no incumbents, against a backdrop of party vs. party generic polls. He predicts the Republicans will win 53 percent of the vote, which translates to 229 seats, a gain of 50, enough to take back the House with something to spare.

Democrats first tried to kill the Tea Party movement with slurs and slights, and when that didn't work put their hopes on Mr. Obama's "Recovery Summer," with lots of recriminations but no recovery. That was a dud, too. Their only hope now rests in the sure and certain knowledge that nobody knows better than the Republicans how to blow a sure thing. In a hurricane you have to grab whatever's at hand, and pray.

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