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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

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

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

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April 18, 2014

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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Jewish World Review Jan. 23, 2006 / 23 Teves, 5766

Wacky puppeteers pulling political strings

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | They have huffed and puffed, threatened and delayed. But faced with a scheduled Tuesday vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrats are hatching a plan for dealing with the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Like watching sausage being made, it's not a pretty sight.


A matter-of-fact report in The New York Times captured the crass, bare-knuckled motive. With little chance of stopping Alito, The Times wrote, "Senate Democratic leaders urged their members Tuesday to vote against him in an effort to lay the groundwork for making a campaign issue of his decisions on the court."


There you have it, a sign of how debased the Democratic Party has become. Faced with a nominee who obviously is qualified, Senate Dems are lining up to vote against Alito for purely political purposes.


It is a breathtaking moment where all the doubts and cynicism about Washington politicians are blatantly confirmed. And the whole truth is actually worse.


Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) defended the plan with a logic that was so tortured it can lead to only one reading: the wackadoo wing is now the puppeteer pulling the strings on U.S. senators. Durbin told The Times, "I think some people may ask the important question, Did the Senate really take a close look at this nominee?"


That's a cover-your-backside confession revealing Durbin and Co. as nervous bureaucrats afraid of their bosses. Those bosses - "some people," in Durbin's words - are the party fanatics, the special interest groups who have already accused the senators of letting Alito off easy.


Kate Michelman, a longtime abortion rights leader, said that "it is worrisome that there wasn't more strength behind their questioning" on abortion.


For anyone who actually saw the repeated, hostile badgering on Alito on abortion and other issues, the charge comes so deep from left field that it's hard to believe anyone could make it, let alone take it seriously. Especially outrageous was the way Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) assaulted Alito's character. As I said then, when Kennedy, he of Chappaquidick infamy, is your point man on ethics, you're in trouble.


But Democrats don't think they're in trouble, at least with their donor base. So they keep feeding the beast as though that's the path back to power. Using Supreme Court nominees as punching bags is part of the hapless plan.


Chief Justice John Roberts was such a brilliant nominee that 22 Democrats - half the Senate total - voted for him. But none of the party leaders did. And all of the Dems with national ambitions voted against Roberts. John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden - likely 2008 presidential candidates - voted no. So did New York's Chuck Schumer, who is head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and needs to raise funds from the angry lefties.


Alito, though not as captivating a witness as Roberts, nonetheless deserves bipartisan support. Rated well-qualified by the American Bar Association, he showed a careful, deliberate approach to the law that should reassure any fair-minded American.


That would seem to exempt most Democratic senators. But tellingly, they have decided not to commit collective suicide. Notice there is no talk of a filibuster against Alito. To pull one off, they would have to hold most of their ranks and, more importantly, explain to the American people why they would resort to such a drastic move.


Alito's humility and intelligence would reveal the Democrats' real motives. So they've settled for a feeble demonstration of their puppeteers' concerns.

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