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. 2, 2010 / 25 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

The gap big enough to swallow a party

By Wesley Pruden

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Tip O'Neill, the speaker of the House when the collective wisdom was that Congress belonged by right to the Democrats, insisted that "all politics is local." That was the key to the success that rained and rained on Democrats.

Every senator, every congressman, even every governor learns to put his considerable ego aside to recognize that it's the race for sheriff that draws the voters to the Election Day polls.

But there's an occasional exception, and this is that year. This year, politics is about waking up after a long sleep with Barack Obama, and wishing the president had been in someone else's bed. This is the year the national became local.

The consequences for the president and his party will be severe, unless all the pollsters, politicians of both parties and the man in the street are spectacularly, phenomenally wrong. So ordained is the Tuesday result that the actual voting and counting is almost an afterthought. So unanimous is the expectation of a Republican wave that Nov. 2 is the perfect opportunity for the gods to throw a colossal spitball to give us an upset to remember. But probably not.

Mr. Obama, who has turned out to be a better community organizer than a president, never thought to learn anything from men, like the late speaker, who should have been his mentors. The ego-in-chief saw himself (and no doubt still does) as too important to be bogged down with issues that concern a sheriff's constituents - like where a man can find a job, or how to pay his bills without one. A president as important as Himself, the big fellow, naturally figured he should spend his time on big things, like hectoring his constituents and reassuring the folks in Europe and the Middle East (not necessarily in Israel) that he really, really loves them.

But the elections this year are not a referendum only on the president, if he wants to take comfort in something small. Nancy Pelosi, the ultimate "San Francisco Democrat" and the national symbol of her party, is only slightly below the president in the esteem of the current majority. No one has run away from her harder than some of her Democratic colleagues. "In my district and a lot of others, she's the poison for which there is no known antidote," says a Democratic incumbent who doesn't want to put his name to the comment. "She might survive, even if a lot of the rest of us won't."

Mr. Obama and his Democratic colleagues set out a fortnight ago to bridge the "enthusiasm gap," and have clearly failed. The president's rhetoric, which he and nearly everyone else thought could move mountains, end wars, cure cancer and eliminate teenage pimples, became, on the October stump, an ineffective babble of mere words. As the campaign ended, the president of the United States allowed himself to become just a "dude," trudging from cable-TV studios to hustling a lethargic crowd in a half-empty arena in Cleveland.

Good ol' Joe, the vice president, joined him in that Cleveland arena trying to salvage a campaign that might cost the party six seats in Ohio alone. The president temporarily abandoned his weary metaphor of the car in the ditch (previously abandoned by Bill Clinton in the off-ramp of "the bridge to the 21st century") to blame his troubles on Herbert Hoover. No, wait: It was George W. Bush. "It's up to you to remember that this election is a choice between the policies that got us into this mess and the policies that are leading us out of this mess." The Democratic National Committee put up a television ad on Election Eve warning that Republicans would make record cuts in education funding and roll back legislation to ensure financial accountability. Not even the orphanage and the old-folks home will be safe.

One measure of the "enthusiasm gap" that so terrifies the Democrats is that large numbers of voters can't wait for Tuesday, and are casting ballots in early voting. Nearly 750,000 early ballots are in the box in Ohio, 1.7 million in Florida and 2.5 million in California. (Even Mr. Obama's teleprompter is said to have cast an early vote for the Republicans.)

The curiously weird 2010 campaign ends Tuesday. The 2012 campaign begins Wednesday. No one expects the Republicans to keep a cork in the champagne. They will be tempted to think the results are all about them, and imagine that nothing succeeds like success. That little lie has led many good men astray. They should remember that nothing recedes like success.

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