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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 August 7, 2006 / 13 Menachem-Av, 5766

Lonely Lieberman

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | How soon they forget.


Remember Joe Lieberman? It seems only yesterday that he was the toast of his party, but right now the junior senator from Connecticut is persona non grata among its upper reaches, including the editorial board of The New York Times. Predictably enough, it endorsed his opponent in Tuesday's primary. After all, the senator has been a staunch supporter of the war on terror, even in Iraq. That's just not done, not in ideologically correct quarters.


Sen. Lieberman must be feeling awfully lonely in the party that only six years ago nominated him as its candidate for vice president of the United States. (Or was that just a lovely dream?) When the unofficial organ of the American establishment endorses some previously anonymous rich guy rather than a longtime pillar of the Democratic Party, you know the pillar is shaking. And that the Democratic Party is about to come apart again, as it does from time to time.


What a pity, because Lonely Joe may be just about the last, forceful, unswerving Harry Truman/John F. Kennedy/Scoop Jackson Democrat still extant. His party has grown increasingly isolationist as this war has dragged on. And on. The senator's unforgivable sin isn't his rather conservative social values — he could get by with those even in Connecticut — but that he not only voted for this war in Iraq but still believes in it.


Imagine: Sen. Lieberman still thinks it was a good idea to change Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq. Even at this late date, he still speaks of "the liberation of Iraq" and says we can't afford to lose the war there. While criticizing various aspects of the administration's war policy (who doesn't?) he warns that pulling out would amount to "abandoning 27 million Iraqis to 10,000 terrorists."


No, the senator's views aren't very fashionable these days, certainly not in Connecticut. Or at least among its more ideologically with-it Democrats. The senator might not get a very warm welcome in some of his state's better homes and gardens. He'd probably be as welcome as Harry Truman was toward the tail end of the Korean War, which felt as if it, too, would never end by the time he left office. (HST's stock with the American people really didn't start to rise again until he was no longer president and history began to lend its usual perspective.)


It may not be his politics that so offend Sen. Lieberman's critics these days but his principles — and his determination to stick with them. Why not trim his sails in order to win re-election? The problem, as the New York Post noted, is that he's got "courage and character." There you have two major political handicaps right there. And the senator may be about to pay the price for them.


If his state's Democrats reject him in the primary, they will have brought to completion the long process that began when the McGovernites rigged the rules to re-create the Democratic Party in their own image back in 1972. And eventually produced an electoral phenomenon that is still with us today: the Reagan Democrats. That's shorthand for the vast bloc of blue-collar, often unionized, socially conservative, churchgoing, largely Catholic big-city voters who were once the keystone of the old Roosevelt coalition. And who just couldn't take McGovernism.


Even now those voters may have less in common with The New York Times' politics than the New York Post's, which has just endorsed Sen. Lieberman in the Connecticut primary. (The Post describes his fashionable opponent as a member of "the Michael Moore wing" of the Democratic Party.)


No wonder Bill Clinton was in Connecticut campaigning for Sen. Lieberman the other day; the former president's centrist vision of his party's future will suffer a definite if not decisive blow if it no longer has room for the likes of a Joe Lieberman.


It'll certainly be a blow to the remaining Democrats in the U.S. Senate if, having lost the primary, Joe Lieberman wins re-election as an independent. It's happened before. Remember Lowell Weicker?


Connecticut may be a dependably blue state but it's not much for party loyalty, whether Republican or Democratic. Should he decide to leave his party — or rather, if his party decides to jettison him — Lonely Joe might find a lot of friends among Connecticut Republicans, probably enough to win a three-way general election in November.


Another divisive war was raging back in 1972 when George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination on a platform remarkably similar to anti-war sentiment today ("Come Home America!"). Sen. McGovern then proceeded to lose the election in one of the most lopsided verdicts in the history of American presidential politics.


There might be a lesson somewhere in all this for those Democrats now yelling so loudly for Lonely Joe's scalp.

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