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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 June 14, 2006 / 18 Sivan, 5766

The plight of the Republicans

By Michael Barone


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | An interesting column from Tim Hames in Monday's Times of London: Hames argues that the woes of the Republican Party are overstated.


He sees the chances of a Democratic majority in the Senate as slim; not a bad prognostication, since to get a majority Democrats have to win all six seriously contested Republican seats and not lose a single Democratic seat — possible, but a long shot. He says the Democrats' chances to win a House majority are not great, an assessment that seems reasonably defensible in light of last week's Republican win in the California 50th special election. And he notes that in polls for 2008, John McCain and Rudolph Giuliani both hold big leads over Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Others may point out that Republicans with issue profiles closer to George W. Bush's (Bill Frist, George Allen) don't fare so well. But they don't have high name identification, while McCain, Giuliani, and Clinton do — as do John Kerry and Al Gore, who don't fare so well in general election pairings. The most intellectually interesting thing about '08 so far, to me anyway, is that the candidates leading in polls for both parties' nominations — McCain, Giuliani, Clinton — are all in opposition to or in tension with what have been the dominant wings of their parties in recent years. That suggests that whatever we're going to see in the 2008 cycle, it's going to be different from what we've gotten used to.

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Another way to look at it is this. The Republicans aren't in great shape in 2006 — not as good as they were in 2002 or 2004. The Democrats aren't in great shape either — no better than in 2002 and 2004. That tracks the California 50 results. Democrat Francine Busby won 45 percent of the vote, up 1 percentage point from John Kerry in 2004. Republican Brian Bilbray won 49 percent of the vote (the current count, which apparently does not include all the absentees yet, puts him at 49.499 percent, so he may end up with a rounded-off 50 percent), down from George W. Bush's 55 percent in 2004. The remaining 5.25 percent came from splinter right-wing candidates, one of whom spent piles of money. So there's a danger of the conservative vote splintering, but there probably won't be many opportunities for this to happen to the extent it did in California 50.

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