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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 Nov. 3, 2009 / 16 Mar-Cheshvan 5770

Day of reckoning for the GOP

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Elephants are supposed to have long memories, but not all do. The royal household in Thailand even assembles its elephants once a year so a holy man can preach an annual sermon to the gentle beasts, urging them to mind their manners in the presence of the king. As eloquent as the homily may be, it has to be repeated the following year.

Our own royal elephant needs a frequent sermon, too. This one will be preached Tuesday in the 23rd Congressional District of New York, but repentance and reform of the elephant popularly known as the Grand Old Party rarely lasts very long.

A quirk (actually a perk) in New York election law requires the party chairmen in the counties of the district to choose the party's nominee to fill an open seat between regular elections, so naturally the potbellies in the suits chose someone whose sole qualification was that she was inoffensive to the other party. The selection of a state legislator wonderfully named Dede Scozzafava - which sounds like someone eager to repay the party hacks with scuzzy favors - suited the Republican establishment in Washington right down to the ground. Mzz Scozzafava favors abortion, same-sex marriage, the whims of union bosses and all the things that give modern Democrats a buzz and a tingle. She was a perfect fit for the traditional Republican campaign battle cry: "Vote Republican: We're Not (Quite) As Bad As You Think We Are." The national party chairman and the National Republican Congressional Committee quickly endorsed her. Newt Gingrich, ever on the scout for an opportunity to live up to the noble traditions of the party, quickly followed.

And then angry conservatives took a hand, as they invariably do when Republicans win in spite of everything they can do to undermine unexpected breaks of good fortune. They took up the cause of Doug Hoffman, running on the Conservative Party line, and when his polling momentum propelled him past the party nominee, the party chiefs withdrew their endorsements when no one any longer cared. The result is that the election is in doubt today; the Democratic candidate may well win, anyway. But the lesson should be obvious enough, even for hard heads.

Lessons are available in the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, too. In Virginia, Bob McDonnell, a born-again Christian, declined advice to cave under the weight of The Washington Post campaign to drive him out of the race in punishment for a term paper he wrote in graduate school, taking issue with the catechism of radical feminism. The Post campaigned day after day, as if hounding him for the sexual abuse of the little girl whose pigtails he pulled in the first grade. He regarded the advice to quail, apologize and tug his forelock, in the way prescribed for Republicans taking tutelage from Democrats, and the more The Post and the Democratic candidate flailed away, the larger the McDonnell lead grew. He's up more than 10 points in the final polls, and if he loses now it will be a Trumanesque miracle, indeed.

The numbers are not nearly so clear in New Jersey, where a Democrat rarely has a credible excuse for losing, so great is the partisan advantage. Jon Corzine, the fat-cat Democratic incumbent, is so boring and dreary that beating him looked easy enough in September that even a caveman could do it. In the wake of Chris Christie's lachrymose Republican challenge, devoid of anything to make the multitudes want to toss their hats in the air, the huge Democratic registration advantage asserted itself. The governor closed and took the lead. But over the past seven days the race has tightened again, enough to renew Republican hopes of throwing a one-two punch at Barack Obama's inviting glass chin.

Even if they land the one-two punch, the big chiefs of the GOP, like the royal elephants in Thailand, are not likely to understand the lessons laid out before them. They're already trying to reassure themselves that rage against the machine only makes conservatives feel good. One former congressional campaign chairman argues that robust campaigning could consign the Republicans to minority status for decades.

There's no sign that rebellious conservatives - something like "community activists" - are listening to the advocates of graceful losing. The rebellious have supped on red meat. Who would have thought elephants were so tasty?

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