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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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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 June 1, 2006 / 5 Sivan, 5766

Today, Dems like Bentsen don't stand a chance

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Lloyd Bentsen, who passed away last week at the age of 85, was no liberal.


After a hiatus from politics, the South Texan hit the campaign trail in 1970 to challenge and defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. Ralph Yarborough in the Democratic primary. Yarborough was then, and remains today, an icon of yellow dog Democrats.


In the Senate, as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, Bentsen was an advocate of supply-side economics. As treasury secretary in the first Clinton administration, he was a champion of free trade.


But Bentsen was no closet Republican. He supported the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion rights and voted against the 1991 resolution authorizing the use of military force to eject Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. His partisanship was on full display as Michael Dukakis' running mate during the 1988 presidential race.


But party was rarely the defining issue for Bentsen. He was a mainstream, independent thinker who put the interests of his constituents first.


Independent-minded politicians willing to do right by their constituents are an increasingly rare breed in both parties. But among Democrats, they are positively an endangered species. And an alliance of far-left interests wants to push them into extinction.


Consider another South Texas Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo. In March, Cuellar faced off in the Democratic primary against former friend Ciro Rodriguez of San Antonio, against whom he scored an agonizingly close and contentious victory two years ago. The principal campaign issue then was Rodriguez's lack of service to the southern part of the district, where residents contemptuously referred to the incumbent as "Zero" Rodriguez.


The 2006 rematch should have been a yawner. But Cuellar raised the ire of so-called progressive Democrats by voting to repeal the estate tax and in favor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement — votes, in the tradition of Lloyd Bentsen, that served the interests of his border district.


For this heresy, and for earning the endorsement of the conservative Club for Growth, the netroots — a wedding of the power of the Internet with traditional grass-roots organizations — mounted a nationwide campaign to take Cuellar down.

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In the months leading to the primary, the netroots poured as much as $500,000 into Rodriguez's coffers — in the end, to little effect. Cuellar won with 53 percent of the vote, increasing his margin of victory over Rodriguez from 2004 in 10 out of 11 counties in the district and pulling in an astonishing 84 percent in his home of Webb County.


Perhaps Cuellar does represent the interests of his district. But the results didn't deter netroots activists intent on enforcing left-wing discipline on Democratic candidates.


Markos "Kos" Moulitsas, a leader of the netroots effort, wrote on his blog, "So we didn't kill off Cuellar, but we gave him an ass whooping where none was expected."


Now the netroots bullies, intolerant of independent thought, have set their sights on Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. Businessman Ned Lamont, the new darling of the Kos and MoveOn.org camp, recently explained his decision to challenge Lieberman to James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal:


"When Congressman Murtha stood up and said 'Stay the course' is not a winning strategy in Iraq, it was Sen. Lieberman who took the lead and took some of the Republican talking points ... and wrote the piece in The Wall Street Journal, 'Our Troops Must Stay.'"


For tax cuts, for free trade or against an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq? Then you are tagged for political extinction by ideologues who are driving the Democratic Party away from the American mainstream.


Could Bentsen win a Democratic Senate primary today? Would he be considered as a running mate for a Democratic presidential candidate? Could Lieberman, who was Al Gore's running mate only six years ago, make it onto a Democratic ticket? Not a chance.


And if the netroots ideological enforcers ever do succeed in liquidating the Bentsens, Liebermans and Cuellars, the Democratic Party will take a headlong plunge into political irrelevancy.

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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.Comment by clicking here.

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