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 27, 2010 / 13 Iyar 5770

If a 2010 victory isn't to be Pyrrhic, Republicans had better figure out what went wrong in 1996 and 1948

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The backlash against President Barack Obama's radical policies has grown so large even the New York Times has noticed.

"The fight for the midterm elections is not confined to traditional battlegrounds," wrote Jeff Zeleny and Adam Nagourney in a lengthy analysis Monday (4/26). "Republicans have expanded their sights to places where political challenges seldom develop."

One race highlighted by the Times is in Wisconsin, where House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, who's been in Congress for four years longer than his likely Republican opponent, Ashland County District Attorney Sean Duffy, has been alive.

If nothing much changes between now and November, Republicans are likely to have their greatest victory since 1994, when they won 54 seats in the House to take control of that body for the first time since 1952, and 8 seats in the Senate, to win control there for the first time since 1986.

Republicans could have their best midterm elections since 1946, when they gained 55 seats in the House and 13 in the Senate.

"Recent polls tell me the Democratic Party is in the worst shape I have seen during my 50 years of following politics closely," said Michael Barone, editor of the Almanac of American Politics.

The 1946 victory was all the more impressive, Mr. Barone said, because in those days Democrats still had a lock on the "solid South."

"In the 11 states that had been part of the Confederacy, Democrats won 103 of 105 seats," he said. "In the 37 non-Confederate states, in contrast, Republicans won 246 of 330 seats."

The 1994 and, especially, the 1946 victories were the largest midterm victories in modern times. The best the Democrats have done in the midterms was in 1930, when they won 52 House seats and 8 Senate seats.

"A 1994-style scenario is probably the most likely outcome at this point," said Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics. "Moreover, it is well within the realm of possibility — not merely a far-fetched scenario — that Democratic losses could climb into the 80 or 90 seat range."

I write this column not to belabor the giddy Republican prospects in 2010, but to point out that the GOP landslides in 1994 and 1946 were followed by Democratic victories in the presidential races two years later. In 1948, Democrats also retook control of the House and Senate.

Letter from JWR publisher

If a 2010 victory isn't to be Pyrrhic, Republicans had better figure out what went wrong in 1996 and 1948.

Bill Clinton's presidency was hanging by a thread after 1994, but he recovered by racing toward the center, and because new House Speaker Newt Gingrich overreached. He engineered a brief, but deeply unpopular, government shutdown over the budget. And it didn't hurt Mr. Clinton's prospects in 1996 that Republicans nominated Sen. Bob Dole for president, not because he was a strong candidate, but because it was "his turn," and because Ross Perot siphoned off conservative votes.

Harry Truman won a come from behind victory in 1948 in large part because the Republican candidate, Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York, confident of victory, coasted after Labor Day, speaking nothing but bromides while "Give 'em Hell Harry" belabored a "do nothing" Congress on the hustings.

Mr. Obama lacks the inclination — and perhaps the ability — to "triangulate" as Bill Clinton did. Rather than move toward the center, he's pushing other hot button left wing issues: immigration reform and cap and trade. And while Bill Clinton and Harry Truman were excellent campaigners who connected with "Joe Sixpack," Mr. Obama has a tendency to talk down to him.

Foreign policy wasn't an issue in 1996. The Soviet Union had collapsed, Saddam Hussein had been driven out of Kuwait, and it wasn't just liberals who were looking forward to a "peace dividend."

Foreign policy was an issue in 1948, but Harry Truman was on the right side of it. The man who dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese, stopped the Communists in Greece, formed NATO and stood up the Berlin Airlift couldn't be accused of weakness, or of failing to protect America's interests or allies.

If, as seems likely, foreign policy is an issue in 2012, it is unlikely to work to Mr. Obama's advantage.

But — especially if they win a big victory in 2010 — Republicans would be wise not to overpromise, to keep the promises they make, and to take nothing for granted.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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