In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 April 13, 2007 / 25 Nissan, 5767

No smackdown, please, we're Republicans

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Grand Old Gang that can't shoot straight ought to be particularly nice to Hillary Clinton and maybe even Barack Obama. Without an opponent like one of these worthies, the Republican candidate for president next year wouldn't stand a chance.

Hillary and Obama are racing to exploit the national fury at Don Imus, the potty-mouth talk-radio host. Mr. Obama says he will never go on Imus in the Morning, and not in the evening, either, and late yesterday Hillary hurried off to Rutgers to commiserate with the young women of the basketball team whom Mr. Imus called "nappy-headed hos."

Their political instincts are sharp and consistent. They know their constituency, and they're careful to scratch their folks where it itches. Democratic pols know how to satisfy. Some of their Republican counterparts, on the other hand, are just as eager — sometimes more so — to scratch the itches of Democrats as to tend to the tingling places of their own.

Newt Gingrich, the man that some conservatives, unhappy with John McCain's economic notions and unimpressed by Rudy Giuliani's social conscience, briefly imagined could save the Reagan legacy, is merely the man who can't shut up.

The debate over global warming, and who and what caused it is finally getting interesting, as authentic scholars are coming out of hiding to support the political arguments that some Republican pols have been making for months. Only this week, Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, scoffed at the wishful claims that the debate is over.

"Recently many people have said that the earth is facing a crisis requiring urgent action," he writes in the current Newsweek. "This statement has nothing to do with science. There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we've seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe."

Indeed, the only catastrophe anyone can see this week is the brutal April snowstorm in the Midwest, breaking records for cold and ice in Chicago, Cleveland and even North Dakota. The peaches, apples, blueberries and grapes in a wide swath of the Southeast from Arkansas eastward to the Carolinas, were ruined by record-breaking freezes. The global temperatures germane to the debate are averages, compiled over many years, but the spring freeze was a reminder that when man proposes God disposes, whether we believe in Him or not. But the Republicans are always ready to surrender.

Newt Gingrich, for example, was enlisted by one of the think tanks to debate John Francois Kerry about the causes and prospective cures of global warming (only in Washington do men think they can take on God, and prevail) in what the moderator described as "a smackdown and a prizefight." Men and women arrived early to lick their chops in anticipation (or what passed for chops in an audience that leaned heavily toward vegetarianism). "Welcome to our environmental version of the Lincoln-Douglas debates," said a jocular Monsieur Kerry. "We flipped a coin, and I picked Lincoln."

If Monsieur Kerry imagined he had come to a debate, Newt quickly disabused him of such a nasty idea. He rushed to throw in the crying towel before the senator could get a word in edgewise, demonstrating once more that getting any word in edgewise, crosswise, vertical or horizontal is impossible in any conversation with Prof. Gingrich. Global warming is real, man has done it, and "we should address it very actively," Newt said. In the world of politics, of course, talking about it is about as "actively" as anyone needs to get.

But Newt was not yet finished. He held up Monsieur Kerry's book, "This Moment on Earth," and urged everyone to hurry down to the bookstore to get a copy of "a very interesting read." Besides, he has a personal reason to save the planet, he told Monsieur Kerry. "My name, Newt, actually comes from the Danish Knut," and added something about a polar bear. Soon the "smackdown" and "prizefight" was over, and the two "debaters" stood up to put their arms around each other. "For a brief but terrifying moment," observed The Washington Post, "they appeared to be on the verge of a hug."

Washington hadn't see anything like it since Jack Kemp tried to play kissy-face with Al Gore in the vice-presidential debate in '96.

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