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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. 17, 2010 / 9 Tishrei, 5771

These tea parties are getting rough

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's nothing quite like a slap across the face to get a man's undivided attention. Sometimes, one slap is not enough. The Tea Party seems ready with more slaps, if necessary.

The Republican elites, in and out of office, sound at first blush (though the deep red imprint on the faces of the stunned elites suggest something more than a mere blush) as if they haven't learned much yet. Perhaps sober reflection will help.

Karl Rove's assault on Christine O'Donnell's character in the wake of her stunning upset of Rep. Michael N. Castle in the Republican Senateprimary in Delaware was remarkable not only for its harshness, but for its biting personal language, calling into question her "rectitude," her "truthfulness," her "sincerity" and even her "character." Not many men would accuse a woman of lack of rectitude and character, even in a bordello. Gallantry survives only in certain places, of course, and Mr. Rove is after all only a synthetic Southerner.

Mzz O'Donnell's triumph may well have cost the Republicans a Senatepickup in November, as Mr. Rove and the elites assert. The first post-primary poll, by the reliable Rasmussen Reports, shows Chris Coons, the Democratic nominee, up11 points, 53 percent to 42 percent. This suggests a difficult and improbable route to another O'Donnell upset, but 53 percent to 42 percent is hardly the 90 to 10 Democratic advantage the elites apparently expected the first public-opinion polls to show.

Christine O'Donnell's political past is indeed uneven: She has run for state office before and lost every time. She had trouble getting through college, not paying off her student loans on time, like a nice girl from a country-club family would have, and she embroidered her scholastic resume, which is no doubt unprecedented among the elites and their children. Worst of all, apparently the only college she could afford was Fairleigh Dickinson in New Jersey. You might think she was a dropout from a college of Bible, Business and Mortuary Science in the backwoods of Appalachia. Still, so far as we know, she has never been arrested for trying to pick up a little action in an airport toilet, she has never been accused of dallying with an intern, she has never driven off into the ocean to leave a passenger to die a watery death in the back seat. Why should she think she's qualified to serve in Congress?

The Tea Party phenomenon is only now beginning to be understood, and nowhere is it more of a mystery than among the wiseheads of Washington, who, Democratic or Republican, regard themselves as divinely appointed to regulate the universe, align the stars and choose who should be elected to office. The Tea Party phenomenon is a revolt against the arrogance of these elites, a wave of indignation that threatens to sweep away rubbish, offal and debris of decades of accumulation. The typical Tea Party voter is not concerned with the fate of whoever is foolish enough to stand in the way of the wave.

Mike Castle is typical of the elites, who not only don't understand what's going on, but also, in their insular - and insolent - arrogance, have no interest in trying to understand. He has a moderately conservative record: votes against Obamacare and the ruinous stimulus scheme, and he is expected to vote to extend the Bush tax cuts. But the idea of running as a conservative was odious to him. He had been governor of Delaware and has served in the House since before Noah's flood, so why should he have to abase himself to ask for a voter to cast a vote for him? Voters should have been honored to do that. He could have read the papers and noticed that candidates who look a lot like him were being sent to the gallows in Alaska, Utah, Pennsylvania and Colorado, with more on the way. But that was asking for too much, too.

The old credentials aren't so important this year; Tea Party voters are apparently eager to punish past crimes and settle scores with old rogues, as well as to anoint new rascals. If it costs a Senateseat or two, those one or two are expendable in the larger cause. There's nothing like the prospect of a hanging, as Dr. Johnson famously reminded us, to focus a man's attention. Mike Castle and friends like Karl Rove just couldn't figure out who they were building the gallows for.

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