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 Oct. 5, 2010 / 27 Tishrei, 5771

The scandal card fails in Louisiana

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | NEW ORLEANS— Voters in Louisiana are shock-proof, with years of experience weighing the demerits — and even the occasional merits — of their native politicians. They often find them wanting, only to want more. The motto of Mardi Gras — "laissez les bon temps roulez," or "let the good times roll" — works year-round.

David Vitter, the incumbent Republican U.S. senator, would have been left for dead months ago in a white-bread state like Iowa or Indiana, or maybe even in neighboring Mississippi or Arkansas, where voters, like the famous horse of Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines, sup on cornbread and beans. But he's entering the homestretch of a race for re-election with a polling lead consistently in double digits.

Mr. Vitter is crucial to Republican hopes of winning control of the Senate, which even with retaining the Louisiana seat remains a bet against long odds. But it's not a shot not as long as in midsummer. Rasmussen, the most reliable of the pollsters, now handicaps that result as possible though not necessarily probable. If the elections were held today, Democrats would likely wind up with a minimum of 49 seats, the Republicans with 47, and the four other seats that would determine control of the Senate are rated as toss-ups.

No Republican-held seat is thought to be ripe for Democratic plucking, but Mr. Vitter was once regarded as a likely pluckee. He appears to be surviving a near-death experience. Two years ago his name appeared in the little black book of a call-girl madam in the nation's capital. Mr. Vitter, a family man, confessed to sin and promised to be better. He became the butt of ribald jokes here in Louisiana, joining most recently Edwin Edwards, the colorful former governor, as a pol better to laugh at, not to cry over. Mr. Edwards is presently a guest of Uncle Sam, sent to prison for various fraud convictions, and best known as the author of the boast that the law would never run him in "unless they catch me in bed with a live boy or a dead girl." He once survived a runoff campaign against a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan with the slogan, emblazoned on bumperstickers, "Vote for the Crook, not the Wizard."

Since neither fraud nor transgressions of the flesh (a thriving industry in certain local precincts) rank with murder or treason, Mr. Vitter has survived so far. His opponent on Nov. 2, U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, is not likely to survive his "scandal," a vague identification with President Obama. Voters in Louisiana have apparently decided that it's OK to be in bed with a live hooker but not with this president.

With the morality issue dispatched deep into the shadows, the senator and Mr. Melancon are arguing mostly about the president's prospective tax increases and whether Mr. Melancon is a reliable ally of the president. Politicking here, where a Huey Long campaign was once described as "a circus hitched to a tornado," has descended into television ad wars and — this no doubt has the Kingfish in a furious graveyard spin — campaigning by Twittering. No circus, just the clowns.

One Vitter commercial depicts Obama buttons and banners as backdrop for a photograph of Mr. Melancon shaking hands with President Obama, as a narrator says that Mr. Melancon "just may be Barack Obama's biggest fan." Another Vitter TV commercial scorches the congressman for traveling to Canada for a fundraiser organized by the American Trial Lawyers Association. "Mr. Melancon might survive being photographed with the president, unlikely prospect though it is," says one Democratic pol in New Orleans, "but hanging out with trial lawyers? That's really pushing it."

Democrats sneer that Mr. Vitter is the out of touch candidate. When the senator told a Chamber of Commerce luncheon the other day in Crowley, in Cajun southwest Louisiana, that "virtually everybody in this audience" would be considered wealthy in Washington and would see their taxes go up if Democrats keep their majorities in Congress, Mr. Melancon's surrogates retorted that only a little more than 1 percent of Louisiana taxpayers would pay more taxes if Mr. Obama and the Democrats allow the Bush tax cuts to expire. "I don't know what planet David Vitter is living on," said a spokesman for the state Democratic party, "but it's not Louisiana."

But this year is the exception to the rule that all politics is local. Mr. Melancon is living proof that you can be steadfast against abortion, against the oil-drilling moratorium in the Gulf, against the global-warming scam, and even treasure your guns, too. This year that's not enough. Barack Obama is the poison for which there is no antidote.

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