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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 Nov. 8, 2013/ 5 Kislev, 5774

A day late and a dollar short

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Earl Long, the "late and great governor Louisiana," once boasted that he knew how to fix an election, and a voting machine was no more difficult to master than a paper ballot. "I can make a voting machine play 'Home on the Range' all night long," he said.

The wizards of politics and the shamens of the dark science of grooming public opinion never grow weary of gaming the system, trying to make it sing their favorite tunes. They sometimes do it by framing questions and anointing the right candidate, and sometimes by getting as close as they can, without getting caught, to something deeply sinister.

The political scientists, at work deep in the dungeons where science pursues the formula for alchemy, put Virginia in their test tubes in the wake of the week's work at the polls. What happened? And where's the why and the therefore? Most important of all, what does it tell about the prospects elsewhere for next year and two years after that?

Nearly every Democrat, except maybe his mother, concedes, now that he is safely elected, that Terry McAuliffe aspires only to work on dark side of the street and in the alleys that lead to promising cul-de-sacs. How was such a shady character elected governor in a nice place like Virginia, and why was it such a squeaker? The polls, the pundits and the usual sources of what passes for wisdom all said he would be a runaway winner, closing with a margin in the double digits. He didn't come close to that, and if the campaign had lasted another three or four days he might not have won at all.

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican, found the hot button, the sweet spot of the voters' fears, too late. He found his voice against Obamacare too late to repair the damage done by the McAuliffe millions invested over the final six months in little lies, medium-sized lies and big lies, all spread across the television screens. Mr. McAuliffe can be grateful that President Obama, now as toxic as the deadly e coli bug, crossed the Potomac only once to campaign for him; another visit and Mr. Cuccinelli would have been the runaway winner.

But the Republicans forgot that you need a smart candidate to beat even a bad candidate. Mr. Cuccinelli's heart was in the right place but his head was stuck in the warm and cozy comfort of the nominating convention, surrounded by friends and admirers. Virginia's curious system of primaries and conventions, alternating at the party's will, to choose candidates for the statewide offices can shield nominees from the heat and anger of public opinion. Supporters of the system argue that over several cycles there's not much difference in the performance of the candidates. Some are good and some are not so good, on the stump and in the field.

But conventions can be controlled, with difficulty, and primaries can't. Conventions can be stampeded by a candidate with a sharp and eloquent tongue, but primaries require dancing on a high wire with no net. Politics, after all, is a game of risks. Sometimes an unlikely dancer catches fire in a primary and burns the house down. Two years ago the Republicans salivated at the prospect of regaining control of the U.S. Senate. The candidates anointed by the party establishment, who looked like locks in Nevada, Missouri, Indiana and Delaware, turned out have the moxie of pet rocks.



Upstart candidates, with little experience in statewide races and with little judgment in when to keep bizarre opinions to themselves, won instead, and earned only the disdain of the Republican establishment, which went into a deep sulk, and offered no help. The Democrats kept the Senate, remaining under the thumb of Harry Reid.

Mr. Cuccinelli got the thumb as well, but in the eye, from establishment Republicans. He got no help even when he began making a race of it in the final week. Voters can always confound the experts, no matter how wise the experts think they are. A day late and a dollar short is the saddest refrain in politics.

Terry McAuliffe, taking due diligence, made the usual nice noises on the morning after the morning after. He'll have to deal with a Republican legislature in Richmond, and he promises to practice something called "bipartisanship." That invariably translates to, "We'll be your friends if you'll just be more like us."

Bipartisanship, which nobody has seen much of in a long time, requires compromise, splitting the difference on contentious issues, listening to an opponent make his case. It's difficult to see how anyone can split the differences that divide us now. Good will is nice, but will alone is never good enough. The lessons unlearned two years ago went unlearned again this year. Winning takes more than a song, no matter who plays the tune.

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