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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 May 24, 2005 / 15 Iyar, 5765

The symbolic battle for Santorum's seat

By Kathryn Lopez


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you believe the political Left, Rick Santorum is public enemy No. 1. But watch them try to get Pennsylvania voters to agree with them.

Republican Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania's junior senator, usually gets coverage for supporting the federal marriage amendment and opposing abortion. Up for reelection next year, Santorum is the Democrat's top target for the midterm election. And, barring some dramatic change in campaign events, he's going to have a steep uphill battle. An April Quinnipiac poll had Santorum 14 points behind his likely Democratic opponent. v On their team, the Democrats are marketing a familiar face — or, at least, name. Robert Casey Jr. is son of the late Pennsylvania Democratic governor who was ostracized by his party for his vehement opposition to abortion: He wasn't allowed to speak at the 1992 Democratic convention. Instead, the Bill Clinton convention gave speaking slots to six abortion-supporting Republican women. Casey Sr. had a tough road and never backed down.

Casey Jr., Pennsylvania's state treasurer, is, like Santorum, a pro-life Catholic (he's also against gay marriage but doesn't want a Constitutional debate over it). Casey Jr., the presumptive nominee for his party, is hoping that and his name carries him a lot further than it should. And it might. But that would be unfortunate. You see, they don't make Caseys like they used to.

When Casey has spoken about the abortion issue, he doesn't approach Santorum's passion, though Democrats who worry about such things hope the "pro-life" descriptor neutralizes discussion.

A few feminist abortion groups have done a little grumbling about his position on their issue, but backed by the likes of leading Senate Democratic obstructionist Charlie Schumer of New York, Casey has made his loyalties clear. Rather than being a fresh voice, singing a "break the gridlock" kinda tone, Casey fits in lockstep with the current Democratic senatorial club.

President Bush's judge nominee Priscilla Owen has been waiting for confirmation for over four years now, largely over a parental-notification (barring minors from getting abortions without a parent's permission) ruling. Instead of being miffed at the unfair delay she and others like her are subject to, largely because of abortion and religion, Casey is mimicking Democratic senators' talking points. He's against changing the filibuster rule because it "forces bipartisanship."

But anyone who has been hearing the "nuclear" talk on Capitol Hill knows so-called forced bipartisanship doesn't cut it.

Meanwhile, pro-life Republicans would be foolish to embrace Casey if they actually want their agenda advanced across the board, and voters looking for an independent thinker should know that Santorum doesn't neatly fit the right-wing stereotype.

He's done a lot of notable work beyond abortion and gay marriage that doesn't get as much play in the media. He's been a leader in the effort to advance religious liberty throughout the world, heading a bipartisan congressional working group involving both House and Senate members. Recent focus has been on the plight of Sudanese refugees; Iraqi Christians' struggle as a minority; and the squelching of religion (and much else) in China and North Korea. Believe it or not, in 2004, the political magazine National Journal rated Santorum "slightly to the left of the GOP center." He's been a proponent of raising the minimum wage; he's reconsidering his support of the death penalty.

At the end of the day — even though his Santorum's style may not be your cup of tea, he's a good guy who has risen quickly to be a party leader (at 46, he ranks third among Senate Republicans).

And to be honest: I'm a card-carrying member of the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" and even I don't always agree with Santorum. National Review gave him plenty of grief during the last election cycle for supporting his colleague, Arlen Specter, a liberal Republican, in the Pennsylvania primary. I understand why Santorum did what he did — it was the collegial thing to do and there was a presidential race hanging in the balance, but I'm still a little miffed.

But it's another election now. And the Pennsylvania Senate race is the eye of the storm in 2006. "This race is about Republican control of the Senate, not so much for control in 2006, but for 2008 and beyond," says Cesar Conda, a former adviser to Dick Cheney. "The Left recognizes it — that's why MoveOn.org and other Democrat 527s will be pouring millions of dollars into Pennsylvania." A winning takedown strategy would make Santorum only the first of many.

The Pennsylvania race is about a lot more than Pennsylvania. Voters in every state would be wise to bear that in mind in the coming months as they watch the "Vast Left Wing Conspiracy" move into the Keystone state to take down the senator the media most loves to hate.

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