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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 Oct. 7, 2010 / 29 Tishrei, 5771

Dems' malaise

By Cheri Jacobus



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Democrats seem to be suffering from a Jimmy Carter-style "malaise."

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) rationalizes, "We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on, so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening." (Reminiscent of candidate Barack Obama in 2008: "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.")

In the Live Free or Die state of New Hampshire, Vice President Joe Biden urged Democrats to "remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives." And to make sure the folks felt truly inspired: "And so those who don't get — didn't get everything they wanted, it's time to just buck up here."

Based on Biden's history of off-message gaffes, one might conclude he had, yet again, wandered off the reservation. In fact, the vice president was articulating precisely the negative, blame-everyone-else attitude of his boss. President Obama used his appearance at the University of Wisconsin this week to chastise young voters for the dwindling fortunes of Democrats, saying, "We can't let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight."

Wow! Those types of histrionics should go a long way to close that much-touted 20 percent "enthusiasm gap." Way to fire up the troops! Blame them and browbeat them into heading to the polls out of guilt. Brilliant!

President Reagan's circumstances in his first midterm election mirrored Obama's: high unemployment, an anemic economy and abysmal job approval polling numbers. Reagan, like Obama, credited his predecessor for saddling him with a poor economic landscape. But that's where the similarities end. Unlike President Obama, President Reagan was upbeat and positive because, to his core, he believed his policies were spot-on. He was able to clear a path to recovery with solutions that made sense to average Americans — cutting taxes and non-defense spending, shrinking the federal government and getting government out of the way of American ingenuity and wealth-creation. And Reagan wore his love of country on his sleeve.

Historically, midterms can be brutal for the party of the White House incumbent. But the 1982 midterms were not catastrophic for Reagan and the Republicans, netting only a 26-seat loss in the House and holding their numbers in the Senate.

President Obama has virtually no basis for a positive, upbeat message. Congress is adjourning without extending the Bush tax cuts, voters are apoplectic at federal spending (71 percent, according to a poll sponsored by the nonpartisan group Public Notice) and Obama's marquee issue, ObamaCare, is wildly unpopular, as evidenced by the Real Clear Politics polling average of nearly 52 percent opposing it and a tepid 39.5 percent in support.

So buck up! Stop whining! Because if the Democrat base doesn't turn out on Election Day, then all we have are those uniformed, bitter, anti-immigrant, anti-trade, racist voters clinging to their guns and religion.


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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


Previously:

06/15/10: Republican girl power
06/01/10: The petulant president
05/26/10: Party like it's 1994
04/26/10: For animals' sake, or yours
04/19/10: My friend Michael Steele should resign
03/16/10: Waste, fraud and abuse
02/24/10: Put down the shovel
12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus

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