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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 April 12, 2010 / 28 Nissan 5770

For GOPers, a cold November reign

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | November, November, November is the song so many right-of-center voters, activists and politicians are singing. But the road to this year's mid-term elections is no cakewalk for anyone who voted against or opposed the highly unpopular socialization of health-care. Even before that weekend vote on Capitol Hill, if that November song was playing, there would be a political veteran in the crowd grumbling under his breath: "If we don't screw it up." By we, he meant Republicans. And somewhere a pessimist has bought nails, not screws, with which to seal the Grand Old Party's 2010 —and 2012 — political coffin shut.

This bleak outlook is not called for yet. But, someone somewhere had better be making the phone call to key Republicans to scare them about the prospects.

There are plenty of signs that a good streak for the Republicans is winding down. The health-care loss was a big one, of paradigm-shaping proportions. But it was also a long time in coming. The Democrats talked and talked and talked about it, amidst a constant chorus of warning from the legislation's opponents. The only real surprise, frankly, was that it took the Dems as long as it did to pull it off, given the numbers they have in Washington. But, politically, the tide should turn a bit for the GOP. The Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts should be a precursor to many more victories in likely and not-so-likely places.

Republicans, those in office and those aspiring to it, know that they have to have something to offer besides just being the opposition. They've got to be able to communicate a principled worldview tied to constitutional principles that have been a beacon for the life of our young nation thus far. They've got to pull off what Marco Rubio in Florida and Paul Ryan on the floor of the House have — they've got to inspire people to believe that there's a reason to want them in Washington.

Recent headlines about Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, are not so cheering. This is what the predictive grumbling I mentioned earlier is about. The real problem facing the Republican National Committee right now is not some good publicity for the Democrats' poor fiscal decisions. The real threat facing the RNC has to do with tea.

Letter from JWR publisher

In a recent interview, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, sounded like he was flirting with the Tea Party movement as an actual alternative to the Republican Party. He told ABC's Rick Klein: "I think the Republicans have to realize they're not operating in a vacuum. Now, while Democrats may be in trouble coming into November's election, the Republicans are not the only game in town."

Whether Perkins or someone like him actually would actively encourage third-party alternatives is almost immaterial. The fact is, he said it, it's getting attention, and there's surely no shortage of folks willing to make a name for themselves as the Tea Party candidate in one race or another. We're already seeing candidates (running as Republicans) claiming the Tea Party seal of approval in primaries across the country. In fact, during the recent Florida senatorial debate between Republicans Gov. Charlie Crist and the aforementioned Rubio, a question was raised about whether Rubio, the hottest ticket nationally for the GOP, had it. Such talk of Tea Party imprimaturs are technically meaningless to anyone actually paying attention, as honest Tea Party organizers will tell you — because the whole point of the movement has not been to start a formal party or to be a central organizing force. So, sure, anyone, actually, can call himself a Tea Partier and say he doesn't like one candidate or another. But the political clout is lacking.

But that could change if the RNC doesn't get its act together. At the Tea Party events I've attended, the guy who is clamoring to ditch the Republican Party may also try to tell you his theories on Elvis' continued existence - to put it kindly, he's distinctly on the fringe. Polls have been bearing out what conversations or a walk around these events could tell you: Tea Partiers are Americans who line up with what tend to be Republican platforms. The Tea Party could be an electoral godsend for Republicans: energized voters — some returning to electoral participation after a long, disillusioned absence — with whom they have a lot in common. That is, unless seemingly undisputed bad management at the RNC continues to keep trouble brewing.

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