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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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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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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

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Jan. 16, 2006 / 16 Teves, 5766

Revolt of the counterestablishment

By Rich Lowry

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is no accident that in Judge Samuel Alito's famous 1985 application for a job in the Reagan Justice Department he mentioned his membership in two organizations: the Federalist Society and the now-notorious Concerned Alumni for Princeton. Both were founded as a dissent from liberalism's grip on academe. What were initially the rumblings of a powerless conservative counterculture eventually gelled into an effective conservative counterestablishment.

CAP is long-since defunct, although its model of conservative activism/journalism — often in alliance with conservative alumni — thrives on campuses around the country. The Federalist Society has gone from a tiny, embattled group when it was founded in 1982 to a steppingstone to countless careers in government, on the bench and at law schools. Liberalism still dominates the elite universities, but that means much less than it used to, thanks to the counterestablishment that has nurtured and credentialed the likes of Samuel Alito.

At his hearings, Alito didn't seem counter- anything. He is sober, intelligent and thoughtful. He is the opposite of a bomb-thrower, but when he entered Princeton University in 1968, that made him a dissident.

Alito mentioned this fact in his opening statement. He was from a middle-class family in Trenton, N.J., and was shocked at what greeted him at Princeton: "I saw some very smart people and very privileged people behaving irresponsibly, and I couldn't help making a contrast between some of the worst of what I saw on the campus and the good sense and decency of the people back in my own community." Alito joined the ROTC, which was thrown off campus, forcing him to go to Trenton State College for his ROTC work. In their wisdom, Princetonians firebombed their own ROTC building.

"Conservatives lived quiet lives of desperation," is how one Federalist Society lawyer describes the environment on campus at this time. A conservative with intellectual or public-policy interests in the late 1970s surveyed a bleak environment. The universities, the law schools, the federal government and the courts were held by the left.

But then, the values Alito had grown up with struck back with Ronald Reagan's election in 1980. What was most important was not that conservatives had gained power, but what they did with it. The Reagan Justice Department set out to grow the counterestablishment. It identified bright young conservatives and prepared them for bigger things. It hired Alito, then got him a gig as a U.S. attorney, knowing that might prepare the ground for becoming a judge.

Twenty years later, he is about to assume a seat on the Supreme Court. Part of what so offended conservatives about President Bush's initial nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers was that it bypassed the counterestablishment that had been built so painstakingly. As Stanley Kurtz of the Hudson Institute has argued, Alito's pick signals a shift in the nomination strategy of Republican presidents. No longer do they need unremarkable "stealth candidates," but they can go with nominees from the growing ranks of credentialed conservatives, because Alito shows that talent and intelligence are the most formidable weapons.

It helps, of course, that there are 55 Republican senators. The work of the Federalist Society and others in honing conservative constitutionalist arguments through the years has been indispensable. There is no substitute for intellectual rigor, which some early conservative counterestablishment outfits didn't have. The publication of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton seems to have aimed to vent and repel as much as to argue and convince. But conservatives came to realize that the crucial thing wasn't to get even with the liberal establishment, but to get better — smarter, more qualified, more persuasive.

At the Alito hearings, it is now liberal senators who flail wildly and convince no one. Maybe their establishment needs revivifying, or they need a counter-counterestablishment of their own. If so, there can be no better advice than: Watch Samuel Alito and learn.

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