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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 May 22, 2008 / 17 Iyar 5768

GOPers are in trouble and they don't know why

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Since Super Tuesday on Feb. 5, the great political narrative has been about Hillary Clinton's relentless and futile pursuit of the presidential nomination and how it is destroying the Democratic Party.


Malarkey.


The Democrats' long, competitive primary race has allowed them to receive more media attention, raise more money, register more voters and create greater grassroots organization in more states than Republicans could dream.


A few months of intra-party squabbling isn't going to do serious damage to a major political party. Years of unprincipled leadership, however, will. That's a lesson that Republicans still haven't learned despite the drubbing they received at the polls in 2006.


Never mind the ephemeral acrimony between the Obama and Clinton camps. If you want a picture of a party that's self-destructing, look at the Republicans.


In three successive special elections this year, Republicans have lost congressional seats in ruby red districts. First came Illinois' 14th Congressional District, the birthplace of Ronald Reagan, a seat vacated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and one Republicans have won 37 out of the last 38 elections.


Then came a loss in Louisiana's 6th Congressional District. Republicans had prevailed there in every election for three decades.


Last week, Republicans gave up another seat in Mississippi's 1st Congressional District, which George Bush won by 25 points in 2004 and the previous GOP incumbent won by 32 points in 2006. Democrat Travis Childers was able to prevail over Republican Greg Davis by reaping rural voters in places like Lee County — as in Robert E. Lee.


After Illinois, Republican ostriches tried to dismiss the loss as the peculiar results of a dysfunctional state party and a weak candidate. A press release from the National Republican Congressional Committee noted, "The one thing 2008 has shown is that one election in one state does not prove a trend."


After Louisiana, there were far fewer head-in-the sand rationalizations. Newt Gingrich warned of a disaster for congressional Republicans in November if they failed to show signs of real change.


After Mississippi, most Republicans began to realize 2008 is shaping up a lot like 1974. In the first part of that year, Republicans lost four out of five special elections, including one for the Michigan seat Gerald Ford vacated when he became vice president. In November, they lost 49 House seats and four Senate seats in the Watergate landslide.


Yet even if Republicans have belatedly come to realize the political trouble they're in, they're still largely clueless as to the reasons why. Taking a cue from their colleagues across the aisle, GOP incumbents and challengers are blaming President Bush.


Though Bush's unpopularity certainly doesn't help, he isn't on the ballot. And the American people have no problem distinguishing between party affiliation in Congress and party affiliation in the White House — which is one reason polls show John McCain still has a decent chance of winning the presidential race.


Rather, they have a more specific indictment against congressional Republicans, one from which McCain has managed to distinguish himself — another reason his campaign has viability.


Republicans had an opportunity following the 2006 electoral rout to develop zero-tolerance for scandal, to oppose the spendthrift ways and pork barrel spending the new Democratic majority has managed to embellish, to redefine themselves with voters and create a new compact with the American people.


Instead, Republicans continue to figure disproportionately in Capitol Hill ethics imbroglios, share in the spoils of earmarks and wasteful appropriations and fail to distinguish themselves from Democrats and from the disreputable record that cost them control of Congress.


Like addicts in denial, they haven't hit bottom yet. If this year's special elections are any indication, come November, perhaps they will.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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