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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 Oct. 20, 2006 / 28 Tishrei, 5767

Republican base desires

By Dick Morris


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Can the Republican Party save itself from disaster in next month's elections? The task may be as simple - and as com plex - as looking inward to its base of white, churchgoing voters.


In a sense, the GOP now can control its own destiny. If it can generate the requisite enthusiasm among its core supporters, it stands a chance of holding one or both houses of Congress. But, if the base remains as alienated on Nov. 7 as it is today, the Bush administration can kiss goodbye to a friendly legislature.


The Gallup Poll of Oct. 6-8, taken after the Mark Foley scandal had dominated the media for a week, showed a dramatic drop in the base's support for Republican candidates. Pre-Foley, 58 percent of whites who attend church services frequently said they'd vote for Republican candidates of Congress this year. Post-scandal, that dropped to 47 percent.


Indeed, while support for Republicans among non-churchgoing whites fell 6 percent, backing by frequent churchgoers plummeted more than 20 percent.


Karl Rove saved Bush in three elections by generating huge enthusiasm among the Republican base. In 2000, Bush got 49 million votes. By 2004, Rove & Co. had upped that to 62 million by squeezing a turnout from the base. Today's defection by these same voters imperils Republican fortunes in this, the fourth election of Bush's tenure.


And that defection comes not from issues like Social Security, Medicare or the environment. Rather, it stems from a scandal that goes directly to the core question of morality.


Gallup asked voters which party would do the best job of promoting morality in America. Democrats were favored, incredibly, by eight points. The Foley scandal is turning off churchgoers on the Republicans just as gay marriage and abortion soured them on the Democrats. Two-thirds of these GOP base voters now agree that the House leadership covered up the scandal simply because it feared losing the seat.


How can the Republicans get their base back? Moral issues would seem to be the obvious way, but none are in play at the moment. GOP strategists will surely pray for something to pop up. But with two new conservative justices augmenting the Supreme Court's right wing, the base may think it can afford to relax a bit and indulge its animosity over the Foley affair by either staying home or voting Democrat.


For now, the best the Republicans can do is make their pitch over national security and terrorism. The clear differences between the parties over the Patriot Act and the National Security Agency wiretaps loom large in this age of impending terrorist attack. The Clinton administration's laxity in addressing the terrorist threat and the success of the tools the Bush people have put in place in keeping attacks at bay illustrate the importance and salience of these issues.


We might have no Brooklyn Bridge, for example, if the NSA hadn't intercepted chatter about blowing it up through its wiretaps and shared this information with the NYPD, as required by the Patriot Act. And we'd never have ID'd the man trying to strike at the bridge had we not been authorized to conduct lawyer-less questioning of terror suspects.


Will the GOP base realize the importance of these issues? Will they get it in time?

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