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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 May 11, 2009 / 17 Iyar 5769

To win votes, listen to voters

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As much as Republicans have been suffering electoral blues lately, a different kind of affliction seems to be rising in Democratic ranks like a swine flu. It's called overconfidence.


Exhibit A is in the title of a new book by famous Democratic consultant James Carville: "40 More Years: How the Democrats will Rule the Next Generation."


Memo to authors: Beware grand predictions. Remember Shelby Steele's big title of a year ago: "A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win." Ah, yes, he could.


Now this: "40 years?" Careful, James. A decade ago George W. Bush's guru Karl Rove described a vision of 40 years of Republican dominance. His dream didn't work out so well.


It's not hard to see from where Carville's confidence comes. The Grand Old Party has seen much grander days. A mere 21 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans recent ABC News/ Washington Post poll. That's the lowest since 1983. Independents are trending Democratic and as few as five states have solid Republican pluralities.


Long-term demographic trends are not on the GOP's side, either. The electorate is getting less white, less rural and less Christian -- three important elements of the Republican base. And Carville is on target to note that turnout for Democrats by young voters in 2004, 2006 and 2008 bodes well for the party's long-term prospects.


But as Democrats should know, bad news has unexpected ways of happening. That's why we call it "news." New issue always can erupt in the way that Iraq, congressional sex scandals and Hurricane Katrina in Bush's second term helped bring the left back to life.


Earlier this month, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia and Sen. John McCain of Arizona launched the National Council for a New America, an effort to rebrand and expand the Republican Party, with a "town hall" meeting in Virginia. Invitees and participants included Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Sarah Palin of Alaska and Haley Barbour of Mississippi, as well as former Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Jeb Bush of Florida.


Romney, Cantor and the new group's Web site emphasized the need to "listen" to voters' concerns and ideas. But prominent social conservatives like former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins complained that they and other "values voters" were left out. Rush Limbaugh, never known for understatement, called Cantor's call a "scam" and invoked memories of Hillary Clinton's "listening tour" in her New York Senate campaign. "We do not need a listening tour," he said on his radio show. "We need a teaching tour. That is what the Republican Party, or, slash, the conservative movement needs to focus on."


The party's leaders became victims of their past success with issues like same-sex marriage, immigration and abortion. They lost touch with changes in the electorate, changes of which Team Obama and Democratic congressional leaders have taken full advantage in 2006 and 2008.


Back in the 1980s, Democrats seemed to be as cast out into the wilderness as Republicans look today. Moderate groups such as the Democratic Leadership Conference, in which young Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and Sen. Al Gore of Tennessee were prominent members, listened and learned ways to lure back the "Reagan Democrats."


Today, Democrats have regained the Whites House and both houses of Congress, even though voters who call themselves "conservative" still outnumber those who call themselves "liberal" by 33 percent to 21 percent. In fact, those percentages have not changed much in three decades. Democrats have been able to win elections by winning more votes from the 45 percent who call themselves moderates.


Since Republicans have not had to win as many votes from self-described moderates, the "vital center" of America's electorate has been less vital to them. That's changed. Republicans once again find themselves reaching out to the middle while trying to hold onto their base. McCain failed in that goal last year, losing about 20 percent of self-described Republicans to Obama, according to exit polls.


Conservatives bristle at Republican efforts to rebrand, but the party needs to define itself with something besides Obamaphobia. They can learn a lot from how Democrats turned their own fortunes around, after they learned to listen to the voters again.

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