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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 Nov. 10, 2006 / 19 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

History's tricks

By Lloyd M. Green

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last Tuesday the GOP lost big time. But that still does not mean that politics is any less intriguing and entertaining.


Already, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been accurately lampooned on Saturday Night Live ("America has always been a religious nation my staff tells me"), and House Democrats are toying with the slogan of "Corruption starts on Day One" as Ms. Pelosi stands by John Murtha in his bid for House Majority Leader. But the more interesting story may play out in the United States Senate. There, would-be Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been implicated in the Abramoff lobbying investigation, according to ABC News, while New York Senator Charles Schumer (who is truly gifted and able — give the man his due) is giving interviews to the New York Observer on how the Democratic Party can keep and grow its majority, while the New York Times recounts how Senator Joe Lieberman was dissed by his party, and now in his electoral triumph, holds the balance of the Senate in his hands, just like Justice O'Connor. In other words, the Democratic Senate majority actually hangs by a whim, a thread , or possible criminal action.


During the campaign, pundits and papers reported that Democratic staffers, and not just the blogosphere, were talking about stripping Senator Lieberman of his seniority if Lieberman's candidacy succeeded. At the time, Senator Harry Reid announced that he would not discuss committee assignments until after the November election. Reid's refusal to silence the staffers stands in contrast to then-Senator Howard Baker's actions the night of the 1980 New York Republican Primary for U.S. Senate.


The 1980 primary pitted incumbent Jacob Javits against upstart Al D'Amato. Senator Javits lost the primary. But on the night of Javits' primary loss, Senator Baker, the then-Senate Minority Leader, assured Javits that if he won in the general election, Javits would retain his seniority and keep his seat as ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In the end, Javits lost and never became Committee Chairman.


For the moment, Lieberman says that he will caucus as a Democrat. For the moment, Lieberman's Democratic colleagues realize they messed up. Senior Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, who turned on Lieberman after Lieberman lost the Democratic Primary, yesterday acknowledged that "we all make decisions, and those decisions have consequences." For his part, Senator Reid, a former boxer, imagined a desert landscape and intoned "We're all family." All that was missing was a round of hugs and hand holding.


Yet, the reality is that Senator Lieberman skipped a meeting of Connecticut's Democratic Congressional delegation, and, on Meet the Press Senator Lieberman also made clear that he was not wedded to the Democratic Party. Perhaps, it is worth remembering what another New England Senator, Jim Jeffords, did back in May 2001. Jeffords switched from being Vermont's Republican Senator, and instead became an Independent who caucused with the Democrats. Jeffords switch gave the Senate Democrats a majority for 18 months. As a reward, the Democrats allowed Jeffords to keep his chairmanship of the Environment and Public Works Committee.


History has a way of repeating itself, and of playing small tricks. If Lieberman switched to the GOP and kept his seniority he would stand to be Chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee which would otherwise go to Maine Senator Susan Collins if the Republicans took control. The irony is that Susan Collins is an actual friend of Lieberman who crossed party lines to endorse and campaign for Lieberman.

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Lloyd Green, a native of Brooklyn, served in the campaigns of George H. W. Bush, was a member of the 1988 presidential transition team, and an appointee at the US Department of Justice between 1990 and 1992. He graduated from Columbia University and Cornell Law School. Comment by clicking here.

© 2006, Lloyd Green

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