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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

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 February 9, 2010 / 25 Shevat 5770

The potent tea party

By Rich Lowry

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | No one has vested more hope in the tea-party movement than the Democrats. For all the scorn and abuse they've heaped on the tea-partiers, they've counted on them for salvation.

The tea-partiers would push the GOP out of the mainstream. They would tar the party with their bumptious extremism. They would stoke a Republican civil war. The tea-partiers would, in short, redeem the Obama administration's political fortunes no matter what.

This was the oft-repeated theory, shot through with a perverse hopefulness and woeful misunderstanding. One wonders if Democrats can overcome their contempt for the tea-partiers — whom they call "tea baggers," in honor of an exotic sexual practice — long enough to notice that the devoutly wished-for GOP internal blood bath isn't materializing?

The National Tea Party Convention met in Nashville last weekend in the afterglow of Republican victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. The GOP candidates in these states mobilized the conservative grass roots, including tea-party activists, while appealing to the center in purplish or deep-blue states. According to the cartoonish version of proto-Nazi, racist tea-party fanatics, this should have been an impossible stretch.

In her convention keynote address, Sarah Palin said that "in many ways Scott Brown represents what this beautiful movement is all about." She spoke about the new Massachusetts senator, who is pro-choice, shrugs at gay marriage and amassed a record in the state Senate that makes him look like Noam Chomsky compared with most of the convention attendees. He is lionized nonetheless.

Tea-partiers aren't so foolish to think that they can "take back the country" without attending to the minor detail of winning elections. "The rallies were good for last year," said Judson Phillips, who organized the Nashville convention. "This year we have to change things. We have got to win."

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If the tea-partiers were to split from the GOP, or be spurned by it, that would indeed spell disaster for Republicans. It's an unlikely prospect, though. In a survey for the National Review Institute, pollster John McLaughlin found that tea-party activists and their sympathizers self-identify as Republicans, and 68 percent of them voted for John McCain. They are pro-life, pro-tax cuts and pro-defense — in other words, mainstream conservatives who are particularly engaged by the debt-fueled growth of government.

Palin's rapturously received speech in Nashville could have been delivered almost line for line at a Republican Convention. She skipped the social issues, but otherwise rehearsed unalloyed conservative orthodoxy on national-security and fiscal issues. This is not the stuff of ideological fissure or self-immolation.

Any activist-driven movement will inevitably have rough edges. The Nashville convention itself was beset by feuding among tea-party groups and allegations of profiteering for its extravagant $550 admission price. It gave a platform to ranters Tom Tancredo, a former Republican congressman, and Joe Farah, editor of a right-wing Web site, both of whom predictably delivered cringe-inducing screeds.

But such embarrassments are a trifle compared with the enthusiasm of the tea-partiers, and their populist-tinged purifying impulse. They want to reconnect the GOP to the people, to its principles and to an ideal of public service that got obscured in the decadent latter days of its congressional majority.

Scott Brown and Sarah Palin are such heroes to the movement because they represent a relatively unpolished, plain-spoken conservatism untainted by association with the Republican compromises and failures in Washington during the Bush years. As Brown proved, with the backlash against President Barack Obama's big-government grandiosity building, this sensibility appeals to the middle as well as the tea-partiers.

This gives the tea-party movement its potency. Consider the alternative: Would it better for Republicans if a segment of their political base weren't so energized? If it weren't spontaneously organizing rallies and protests? If it weren't promoting anti-establishment candidates in this, the year of roiling discontent with an out-of-touch Washington?

The Democrats don't get it. If they understood their true interests, they wouldn't place their hopes in the tea-partiers; they'd wish they never existed.

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