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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

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Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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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

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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

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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

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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 Dec. 3, 2007 / 23 Kislev 5768

Hear about the Liberal Who Stopped Whining About the 2000 Election?

By Dave Weinbaum

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Neither have I.

But after the power shift in congress last year, there may be some hope. Dems have tasted power and control and are now eating their own. The liberal controlled congress has the lowest ratings in history, twice as low as Bush…and in record time. Sure they don't have the super majority needed to override vetoes and the 60 votes needed to pass Senate approval, but when they ran they promised to end the war. In cased you're from Branson, the war is still on.

On the other hand, a closely defeated 2000 presidential candidate, Al Gore, has triumphantly made it back to the White House. Bill's ex-VP was invited by President Bush, along with a gaggle of other Nobel Prize winners and then cordoned off for a 40-minute private audience.

Bush has a knack of embracing those who are particularly nasty toward him. Take the one-way love fest between him and Senator Teddy Kennedy, or his cordiality toward Nancy Pelosi.

Why isn't this civility reciprocated?

I trace it back to that fateful 2000 election, as aggravated by Bill Clinton's impeachment.

What snapped in the minds and hearts of our lefty friends when this election was finally conceded by Gore?

Contrarians drink to remember

For the sake of a little self examination, let's declare opposite day at the Y2K polls.

How would I feel if Gore had won the same way; a 5-4 Supreme Court decision blocking further recounts when Gores' lead was in the hundreds? What if Bush won the popular vote? Also, what if my suspicions of cheatin' were exasperated by Florida Governor Seymour Gore, Al's brother? Then we have to pretend that the Democrat Florida Secretary of State, Anita Vote, was in charge of stopping all recounts. Yeah, I'd be ticked too...for a little while.

But then consider that my candidate would have been VP for eight years under a controversial, yet popular president.

After my initial misgivings I'd ask how my guy could be so incompetent that the election came down to those few hundred votes. I'd reflect back on the three debates he lost.

How can you ID a politician in a snowball fight? He's the one throwing curveballs.

Then, I THINK, I'd get over it. The one thing certain in American politics is that there are cheaters on all sides. The election frauds have gone on since the country was founded. I'm not going out on a limb when I predict the thievery will go on.

Author Andrew Gumbel explains the US history of close and controversial elections in his book, Steal This Vote. He points out that John Quincy Adams lifted the election from Andrew Jackson in 1824; Rutherford Hayes cheated his way to the 1876 election at the expense of Samuel Tilden. In 1960 John F. Kennedy, using father Joe's connections with the Mob, bought off West Virginia to pilfer the nomination from Hubert Humphrey. Then through the miracles of the Daley led Illinois Democratic Party, hundreds of thousands were resurrected from the dead to vote the donkey ticket. Yep, we didn't have Richard Nixon to kick around for another eight years.

Being from Chicago, I can identify with the Kennedy election.

My ancestors are restored to life every four years, but only to vote. Without having consulted their favorite and possibly only conservative son, they voted for the latest "Daley" for mayor and whatever other democratic flak was running for office, including the presidency. They never even stopped by for cake and coffee! Oy Vey!!

Now that should really tick me off! But hey, I've found that the best cure for an old grudge is a bad memory; almost as appalling as the Clintons' forgetting their positions on the Iraqi war.

The moral to this story is when you have your opponent struggling for election air put a garden hose down his throat.

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