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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 Oct. 26, 2010 / 18 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Going to the dogs in the final sprint

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Now is the time for all good Democrats to come to the aid of their party, and they should look under the front porch to round up all the reluctant yellow dogs they can find.

Even a yellow dog - a Democrat who would vote for a yellow dog before he would consider voting Republican - seems leery this year of crawling out from under the porch. Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, all but conceded the House Sunday to the Republicans, repeating the party line that only the Senate seems safe.

The New York Times, which has been trying mightily to cheer up the Democratic troops, now echoes Mr. Kaine's glum assessment. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee puts up a fundraising letter on the Internet pleading for dollars, quarters and even nickels and dimes to prevent a Senate blowout. "Keeping California blue is just about a requirement if we're going to keep the Senate," the committee said. A new poll shows Barbara Boxer, the Democratic incumbent, holding a shrinking polling lead, now down to 2 points, over Carly Fiorina.

The public-opinion polls, as they nearly always do in the last days, show some races for both the Senate and the House beginning to tighten, as partisans of both parties settle into familiar patterns, with the yellow dogs remembering where the dog dish is. This year may be the rare exception, with Democratic passion spiked and the party's candidates afflicted with something called "the enthusiasm gap." Gaps are cliches beloved by press and tube: Going back to JFK, we've had a missile gap, a racial gap, a gender gap and this year the Republicans have the enthusiasm and the Democrats have the gap.

The oddsmakers in Ireland and Britain, where they're perfectly legal, say the betting gents - "punters," in the curious lexicon of English as she is spoke in the old country - have made the Republican candidates "hot favorites." Democratic candidates, not so much. But citing the odds is not a prediction; odds only measure how the bettors think the vote will go, reflecting mostly what they read and hear on the telly and talk about over a pint of bitters at Ye Olde Goose and Down.

This week of the final sprint toward the finish line is a time for consolidating gains and trying to finish with a flourish. This is difficult for the establishment Republicans because they're sorely tempted to think this remarkable campaign is all about them, when it's actually in spite of them. Democrats are tempted to recycle mud.

In Louisiana, the Democrats are trying to rekindle public indignation, such as it was, over Sen. David Vitter's warm and friendly ties to a Washington madam, recalling the story that his name showed up in her little black book. Too bad for Rep. Charlie Melancon, his Democratic opponent, but the "scandal" in the race is his warm and friendly ties to Barack Obama. Mr. Vitter is up 15 points in the late polls, and Mr. Melancon doesn't have the money to buy television spots.

One broker, seeing an opportunity when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the First Amendment rights of independent campaign committees, booked hundreds of prime-time spots in districts he calculated would be attractive to Republican candidates, and now he's getting rich. Many Democratic candidates, like Charlie Melancon, are now locked out of prime time. Time buyers for union clients have done that, too, particularly in Chicago, where the race to elect a Senate successor to President Obama is tight and getting tighter. (Dick's hatband, the traditional measuring device for close races, may not stand the strain.)

One measurement of how desperate the Democrats may be is how some of them are treating the man who was their messiah only yesterday. The used-to-be messiah gets his feet wet now, like everybody else, when he tries to walk on water, and he visited Woonsocket, R.I., on Monday accompanied by rumors that he would not endorse Frank Caprio, the Democratic candidate for governor of Rhode Island. Mr. Caprio complained to a radio talk-show host that the president "can take his endorsement and shove it as far as I'm concerned."

"He's coming into Rhode Island [looking for votes] and treating us like an ATM machine."

Not very nice, and certainly no way to treat a dog, particularly a noble canine of yellow hue. Yellow dogs are loyal, but a yellow dog can bite, even the hand that feeds him.

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