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 Sept. 20, 2010 / 12 Tishrei, 5771

The GOP earthquake

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | An explosive primary season was capped by a nuclear bomb: the upset victory of Christine O'Donnell over Delaware political fixture Rep. Mike Castle in the GOP Senate primary.

Ms. O'Donnell's 53 percent to 47 percent win was the greatest tea party triumph over the GOP establishment. But conservative insurgents also did surprisingly well elsewhere. In New York's gubernatorial primary, Carl Paladino clobbered the establishment favorite, former Rep. Rick Lazio. In New Hampshire, Ovide Lamontagne nearly upset the long-time favorite (and slightly less conservative) Kelly Ayotte in the Senate race.

But for me, the returns with the greatest import for November came in Wisconsin. That front runners Scott Walker and Ron Johnson easily won the GOP gubernatorial and senatorial nods is not surprising. What is surprising is that so many more people voted in the Republican gubernatorial primary (614,321) than in the Democratic primary (233,119).

More votes were cast for Democrats than for Republicans in the seven primaries Tuesday (the others were in Maryland, Massachussetts and Rhode Island). But overall, Republicans finished the primary season with upwards of three million votes more than Democrats received.

The last time Republicans received more primary votes than Democrats did was in 1930. In both 1994 (a terrific year for Republicans) and 1946 (a really terrific year) Democrats won more primary votes than Republicans did. You don't need to be a weatherman to see which way the wind is blowing.

Voting in primaries is an imperfect measure of voter enthusiasm, but it's better than any other, which is why I think the tight races heading into November tilt more toward Republicans than polls indicate.

Consider Wisconsin's 7th district, long held by retiring Rep. David Obey, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Most experts rate it a tossup. But in the 7th, Republicans won 61,961 primary votes to 33,529 for Democrats.

The last Republican to carry Wisconsin in a presidential race was Ronald Reagan in 1984. Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, who now narrowly trails Mr. Johnson in polls, won re-election in 2004 with 56 percent of the vote. If Democrats are in trouble in Wisconsin, where are they strong?

One place they're stronger after Tuesday is Delaware, where Ms. O'Donnell's triumph converts what had been a likely Republican pickup into an all-but-certain Democratic retention. Public Policy Polling released a morning-after poll showing Democrat Chris Coons ahead, 50-34.

Ms. O'Donnell's opponent in the GOP primary, Mr. Castle, had a 52 percent rating from the American Conservative Union. That is higher than the ACU rating of 44 for Idaho Democrat Walter Minnick, who the Tea Party Express endorsed even as it provided Ms. O'Donnell with much of her financial backing. But Delaware Republicans were unwilling to accept half a loaf this year.

Democrats and most journalists are describing Ms. O'Donnell's victory as a sign of Republican dissension that could cost the GOP control of the Senate. But Newsweek's Howard Fineman left the Beltway bubble for a day and now isn't so sure:

"What I heard at a little polling place in Newark [Del.] told me, even before the day's election results were in, exactly what to expect in November," Mr. Fineman wrote. "An earthquake. … Almost every Republican voter I talked to wanted to vote for O'Donnell. I didn't find a single Castle voter who said he or she would vote for Democrat Chris Coons if O'Donnell won."

Democratic hopes for Republican dissension are wishful thinking, Mr. Fineman said, because people are angry at the president's agenda. "If Obama can't do better, he may soon be dealing with Sen. O'Donnell from Delaware," he concluded.

I doubt that. But if control of the Senate depended on the whims of Mr. Castle -- as in 2001 they did on the whims of "Jumping Jim" Jeffords of Vermont -- that wouldn't be good for Republicans or conservatives.

It's probable that by stiffening the spines of moderate Republicans (if only out of fright), Ms. O'Donnell's primary victory will produce a more conservative Senate than Mr. Castle could have by winning in November.

The tea party has brought new energy and (excepting Ms. O'Donnell) better candidates to the GOP. In response, the Democratic National Committee has redesigned its logo. It consists of a D inside what looks like a bullseye. Given the mood of the electorate this year, that's appropriate.

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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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