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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 January 14, 2010 / 28 Teves 5770

The pefect storm may have formed in the Bay State

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is rare in the history of our politics for an election for an office other than president to have profound consequences for the future of our nation. But one such election is Tuesday, when voters in Massachusetts will select someone to fill the two remaining years of the U.S. Senate term of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.


Part of the reason why this election is more important than almost every other Senate race in history is arithmetical. Democrats have 60 senators, including Paul Kirk, who was appointed to keep the seat warm after Sen. Kennedy died last August. Democrats need 60 votes to end filibusters. If the Republican candidate, state Sen. Scott Brown, defeats the Democratic candidate, state Attorney General Martha Coakley, Democrats will have only 59.


In a normal year, this arithmetic would be academic. There are three times as many registered Democrats in Massachusetts as registered Republicans. Sen. Kennedy won his last race by 38 percentage points. In his last race, the state's other Democratic senator, John Kerry — to whom no one has ever applied the world "charisma" — received more than twice as many votes as his GOP opponent. A yellow dog running on the Democratic line ought to be able to defeat any Republican by at least 20 points.


Democrats probably wish they'd nominated a yellow dog instead of Ms. Coakley, because most recent polls indicate the race is a statistical tie.


A perfect storm is required to elect a Republican statewide in Massachusetts. But it may have formed.


First, this is a special election, where Democratic turnout traditionally has been lower.


Second, Mr. Brown, a handsome, affable man who speaks well and works hard, is a very good candidate.


Third, Ms. Coakley isn't. She coasted after the Democratic primary, thinking the general election was just a formality. And when she has spoken, she's taken positions unpopular even in liberal Massachusetts, displaying both arrogance and astonishing gaps in knowledge.


Fourth and most important, independents — the largest voting bloc in Massachusetts — really dislike both Obamacare and Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, to whom Ms. Coakley is linked.


But independents do like Mr. Brown. Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, noted his favorable to unfavorable ratio is higher than it was for Bob McDonnell, who was elected governor of Virginia in a landslide last November, and for Chris Christie, who unseated an incumbent Democratic governor in heavily Democratic New Jersey.

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The sheer weight of numbers should still make Ms. Coakley the favorite. But favorites don't go negative in the final week of a campaign, as Ms. Coakley has, clumsily. In one attack ad, she misspelled "Massachusetts." In another, she linked Mr. Brown to "Washington Republicans" George W. Bush and Rush Limbaugh, neither of whom reside in Washington.


Panicked national Democrats poured more than a million dollars into the Coakley campaign in the last week. Lobbyists for the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries — fearful that a critical vote for Obamacare may be slipping from their grasp — held a fund raiser for her in Washington last Tuesday.


The day before, Mr. Brown raised more than $1.3 million on line, nearly all of it in small contributions from individuals.


Mr. Brown's online fund raising was boosted by a boffo performance in his debate with Ms. Coakley at the University of Massachusetts Jan. 11. An incident outside the debate hall suggests the last minute bucks from special interest groups may not be enough to pull it out for the Democrat.


Standing in the cold before the debate began were two union members holding Coakley signs. Ms. Coakley strode past them without comment. Scott Brown went over to them and said hello. The union members said they were only there holding the signs because they'd been paid $50 to do it, and that they both intended to vote for Mr. Brown.


Democrats in Massachusetts say that if Mr. Brown wins, they may delay his swearing in so he can't be the 41st vote against Obamacare. But this tactic may not work because of the shiver of fear a Republican win in Massachusetts would send down the spines of Democrats in Congress.


At her DC fundraiser with the lobbyists, Ms. Coakley said: "If I don't win, 2010 is going to be hell for Democrats." That's the most true thing she's said all campaign.

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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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