In this issue

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 Nov. 12, 2012/ 27 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Eating crow, expecting trouble

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Kudos and congratulations to the pollsters who accurately forecast the composition of the electorate, and to New York Times poll analyst Nate Silver, whose predictions were spot on. I apologize for having denigrated you.

I believed, as did most conservative analysts, that the composition of the electorate in 2008 was a fluke, the product of a once in a lifetime "perfect storm" for Democrats.

By the end of a president's second term, Americans tend to tire of governance by his political party. This was especially so in 2008. Americans were sick of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. President George W. Bush's popularity was in the tank. Conservatives were lukewarm at best about the Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, who was dramatically underfunded. And then the economy crashed.

Barack Obama was a fresh face, handsome and articulate. He had virtually no record to criticize. He sounded moderate. He had vastly more money than any previous presidential candidate and received the most adoring press coverage ever.

Young people were enchanted by Mr. Obama's message of hope and change, and noted the vivid contrast between his relative youth and Sen. McCain's age. Turnout among Americans aged 18-29 rose to 51 percent of eligibles, up from 49 percent in 2004, 40 percent in 2000.

African-Americans especially were excited by the prospect of the first black president. Turnout among them in 2008 was 4.9 percent higher than in 2004.

Democrats couldn't wait to vote. Republicans were discouraged. In 2004, both parties turned out in roughly equal numbers. In 2008, Democrats led 39 percent to 32 percent, more than double the average margin for the last six presidential elections.

Sen. Obama also won independents by eight percentage points. He got the highest percentage of the popular vote of any Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. But it was only 52.9 percent.

This year, President Obama had a record. It stunk. His policies were leftist, not centrist. They fostered racial division, not racial healing. Hope and change had morphed into and fear and envy.

The only advantage Mr. Obama retained from the "perfect storm" was media bias, so the electorate would revert back to "normal" proportions, I thought.

Republicans now outnumbered Democrats, Gallup and Rasmussen surveys indicated. Mitt Romney was drawing Obama 2008 size crowds, while the president's crowds shrunk to McCain size. Partisan turnout would be close to even, I was sure.

I was sure wrong. Democrats outvoted Republicans 38-32, almost the same as in 2008, twice the Democrats' plus-3 average advantage in the last six presidential elections. Democrats may have stopped going to Mr. Obama's rallies, but they still turned out to vote for him.

The least of the consequences is that I must eat some crow, with a side of humble pie. The implications of what happened Tuesday are enormous -- and deeply distressing -- for both Republicans and for America.

There are always recriminations after a losing campaign. That's unfortunate. Mitt Romney was a good candidate who ran a good campaign. That he came as close to winning as he did with a D+6 electorate is testament to that.

It's that D+6 electorate that will keep Republicans awake nights. The change in the composition of the electorate in 2008 apparently wasn't a fluke. If the Democratic coalition can hold despite the worst unemployment since the Depression, it's hard to see how Republicans can win a presidential election ever again.

At least not with a white guy as their candidate. Mr. Obama won Hispanics by 44 percentage points. Republicans better look hard at Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., or Sen.-elect Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Or unless something really bad happens that shakes people up. I fear it shall.

After a campaign focused relentlessly on trivia -- Mr. Romney's record at Bain Capital, free contraceptives -- Americans chose, narrowly, the status quo. But the status won't remain quo for long.

In January, new taxes and regulations could send our economy back into recession. When, in a year or so, additional trillion-dollar deficits push us over the fiscal cliff, it may become a hair-curling depression. Economic collapse could be accelerated by war in the Middle East.

This would be a rude surprise for those who think the gravy train can never be derailed. I shudder for my country at what it is likely to endure. The silver lining for Republicans, I suppose, is that it will be hard to blame it on George W. Bush.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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