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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 June 30, 2005 / 23 Sivan, 5765

Dean's insults won't lead the Dems to victory

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Earlier this year when I suggested Howard Dean might make an effective chairman of the Democratic National Committee, my editor, Bruce Davidson, irreverently commented I was merely advancing a plot to help the Republican Party. In truth I was not.

I honestly believed the enthusiasm and innovation Dean brought to his failed presidential bid could help rebuild the Democratic Party after a demoralizing, if not overwhelming, defeat last November.

There were better choices, including former Rep. Martin Frost of Dallas, who served two terms as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Frost is part of the institutional mainstream of Democratic politics and is a tough yet smart partisan.

Frost, however, did not appeal to the party's left-wing, activist core, and it was that core that led the drive for Dean's chairmanship.

Campaigning is one thing, presiding another. And so I presumed Dean as chairman would tone down his raw-meat rhetoric, tame his barbaric yawp for the ears of a broader audience and use the Internet and technology to tap a new generation of voters and benefactors.

Dean has proven me wrong. That he hates Republicans, that the contest between Democrats and Republicans is "a struggle between good and evil," that many Republicans "have never made an honest living in their lives," that Republicans "all behave the same, all look the same, it's pretty much a white Christian party" are among his more noteworthy pronouncements.

There's great irony in someone claiming to disdain President Bush and Senate Majority Leader Tom DeLay's proclivity for moral absolutes and who lived a privileged childhood on Park Avenue and in the Hamptons making such statements.

And one can imagine the great hue and cry were a Republican leader to say that all Democrats — nonwhite and non-Christian — behave and look the same. The point here is not to expose the hypocrisy of self-professed progressives eager to endorse Dean's rhetorical excesses. The point is that, contrary to my original assessment of Dean, this is no way to reach out to middle America, no way to achieve electoral victory and no way to run a political party.

Forty percent of voters who live in union households cast their ballots for Bush last November, as did 44 percent of Latinos, 44 percent of Asians, 25 percent of Jews and 31 percent of those who claim no religion, according to exit polls by CNN.

Not exactly the lazy, monochromatic, evangelical throng Dean hysterically postulates. And, in any case, is it politically wise to dismiss 62 million Americans — who, by the way, delivered 51 percent of the vote — in such an arrogant fashion, no matter how they behave or look?

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It isn't Republicans who are carping about Dean's verbal incontinence; it's Democrats, who fear having to clean up after an electoral mess. Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina are among those who have made public disavowals of Dean's party leadership.

The real issue now frightening Democrats is that Dean's mouth is affecting the party's bottom line. During the first quarter of 2005, the Democratic National Committee raised $14.1 million. The Republican National Committee picked up $32.3 million during the same period.

I cannot lay claim to a brilliant Republican plot to plant Dean as the self-destructing chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Nor would I want to do so.

Our political system and the American people lose when one or the other of the major political parties slides into oblivion. As in business, competition in politics ensures that consumers — in this case, voters — get the best deal. A lack of political competition dulls policy and politicians' responsiveness in the same way monopolies sap economic vitality.

A party — and its leader — that has nothing to offer other than verbal assaults, that has no positive vision, no plan other than to be against anything Bush or Republican is not a competitive opponent.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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