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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. 28, 2010 / 20 Tishrei, 5771

The killing field for the Dems

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If the Democrats are looking for graveyards to whistle past, taking false courage in the babble of frightened voices, they should find them in the Middle West, where Republicans once owned most of the electoral real estate and Democrats have pried a lot of it out of their grip in recent decades.

Several Democratic governors are in deep trouble as the campaigns rattle and rumble within five weeks of doomsday. The public-opinion polls show just 35 percent of Midwestern voters say they expect to vote Democratic, four points shy of the mark in what has become the Solid South for Republicans. Several gubernatorial candidates in the Midwest are not even breaking 30 percent favorable.

"There's little doubt that the Midwest is the Democrats' toughest region this year," says Democratic pollster Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling. He finds excitement and anticipation among Democrats down dramatically, a full 10 points from two years ago. The pols and their consultants call this "the enthusiasm gap," and the learned professors of gapology say it's far more fearsome than gaps of elections past, such as the once-fashionable and now mostly forgotten "gender gap."

"If the election was held today, the party would almost certainly lose the governorships it holds in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania," he says. "It's also more than likely at this point to lose theSenate seats it has in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Indiana, miss out on a once-promising pickup opportunity in Ohio, and quite possibly lose [its] seat in Illinois as well." Worse, because the party is trying desperately to hold the House, "there are too many House seats the party could lose in the region to count."

If Democratic clients are hearing only dirges that grow more mournful by the day, Republican pollsters are sending situation reports to their clients reeking of language little short of gleeful happy talk. Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies calls the Midwest "a killing field" for Democrats this year. "From western [Pennsylvania] through to the Plains, Republicans are going to sweep a lot of Democrats right out of office."

The news is not much better anywhere else except in the Northeast and pockets of the West, and even there, the prospects are not even close to what Democrats confidently expected just six months ago. Voters can't get at Barack Obama this year, so they're taking out their frustration on anyone who looks like he was, is or might one day be Mr. Obama's friend. In California, where expensive goofiness is the first article of the catechism of the Church of Happy Dreams and Liberal Fantasy, Sen. Barbara Boxer has been abandoned by a growing number of her acolytes. She has only rarely ventured out of the shadows of Senateobscurity, most recently with her angry scolding of a general who, thinking he was being polite and respectful, called her "Ma'am." She insisted that everyone must call her "Senator," and now it looks as if no one will have to do that after November. Even the San Francisco Chronicle, the faithful journal of California's famous fruits and nuts, has had enough. The editors want to treat the senator to a trip to Splitsville.

"There is no reason to believe that another six-year term would bring anything but more of the same uninspired representation," the newspaper's editors observed more in sadness than anger, explaining why the paper would not endorse her again. "The challenger, RepublicanCarly Fiorina, has campaigned with a vigor and directness that suggests she would be effective in Washington." But alas, the Chronicle noted, she would be effective in resisting all the things San Francisco Democrats love and cherish — the global-warming scam, the ruinous Obama health care legislation, the relentless campaign to spend billions and billions of dollars to pump up bigger and bigger government.

In part, old voting patterns are emerging again, with Ronald Reagan Democrats remembering their happy romance with Republicans and, in larger part, voters feeling cheated by Mr. Obama, though the president shouldn't be blamed for misplaced adoration. The voters of '08 followed him with childlike abandon, like the rats and children of Hamelin in pursuit of the Pied Piper. In a kinder, gentler analogy, the voters who couldn't get enough of Mr. Obama's charm, seductive demeanor and honeyed words just two years ago are like the new husband discovering to his chagrin that his young bride is a beauty in her nightie but can't make a passable biscuit. Somebody's got to pay for a swindle like that.

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