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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Feb. 20, 2008 / 14 Adar I 5768

Clinton faces two unpleasant alternatives at this critical moment in her campaign

By Dick Polman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Now that her dreams of a Democratic coronation have been dashed, Hillary Rodham Clinton is left with only two options: Lose gracefully, or win ugly.

It's hard to envision the former. Losing gracefully is not in the Clinton DNA. So let's consider the latter, and the collateral damage that may ensue.

Realistically, the only way she can win the nomination is by flexing some old-school muscle, thereby infuriating millions of grass-roots Democrats who have long assumed that the stench of backroom deal-making had dissipated decades ago.

She is now trailing Barack Obama in the delegate count - a circumstance she and her aides never imagined would happen at this point in the calendar - and she won't erase that deficit unless she somehow pulls off landslide victories in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania, expunging Obama's star power in the bargain. I'd sooner bet on Paris Hilton's winning an Oscar.

So her only option is to defeat Obama in the smoke-free rooms and risk plunging the Democratic Party into civil war.

Even her allies are glum about the prospect of winning at a strife-torn national convention, with thousands of young Obama fans screaming betrayal in the streets, with Obama delegates claiming that they had been disenfranchised in a power play every bit as odious as the Supreme Court's decision to award the 2000 election to George W. Bush.

Democrats don't want to talk about this openly, lest they give the media fresh ammunition for a "Democrats in disarray" story line, but those with long memories feel the fear. The last time they staged a disastrous convention - in 1980, when Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy battled it out in an ugly floor fight, with Kennedy trying to change the delegate rules at the eleventh hour - intramural bitterness lingered well into autumn, ticked-off liberals stayed home, and Ronald Reagan cruised to an easy victory.

This convention could be worse. Carter, at least, was the president in 1980, he had the upper hand, and his people organized the event. Imagine what the August convention in Denver will be like if there is no presumptive nominee to organize it. Somebody has to choose the speakers and vet the party message. What happens if two candidates come to Denver, staffs in tow, each wanting to run the show?

Maybe it won't come to that. Maybe Obama will win a breakthrough victory in Texas, Ohio or Pennsylvania, and convince fence-sitting superdelegates that his delegate lead is irreversible, and that his national lead in the popular vote (which currently stands at 50 to 46 percent) is safe. I wouldn't rule out this possibility, particularly since Obama has begun to poach on Clinton's demographic groups, winning over seniors and working-class voters in the most recent primaries.

But if she digs in and dogs his every step, staying a close second in the delegate count well into spring, then we'll have to ponder the superdelegates - and how they were intended as a counterweight to participatory democracy.

The party's leaders created them a quarter-century ago, because they thought the nomination process had become too democratic. They thought primary voters had too much power in choosing a nominee, so, in the spirit of checks and balances, they created some adult supervision. Or, in the words of former Democratic strategist Susan Estrich, they decided to empower the "white guys with cigars." They decreed that governors, members of Congress, mayors, national party members, various labor activists, and other inside players would have automatic delegate status, and that they need not feel bound by any primary results, in their states or anywhere else.

These people may well be called upon to put Clinton or Obama over the top. Clinton's strategy - and her people say this openly - is to draw on past loyalties and convince superdelegates that she deserves the nod on the basis of her experience and alleged electability, even if she trails Obama in pledged delegates and popular votes. Her public relations problem is obvious. The value of her nomination would be diminished if she attained it in defiance of the popular will.

She has another win-ugly option. She can crusade to have the Florida and Michigan delegates seated at the convention. This is real backroom stuff, so bear with me.

Those delegates are not supposed to be seated; the national party punished Florida and Michigan for staging their primaries in January, in violation of party rules. The primaries were meaningless, and Obama didn't bother to stump in either state. He even got his name removed from the Michigan ballot. Clinton did campaign, however, and finished first in the balloting. So now she wants to change rules after the fact and count those delegates in her column. This means that unless a deal is struck to have Michigan and Florida vote all over again, with both candidates campaigning on an equal footing (not likely), Clinton will try to change the delegate rules in the party's Credentials Committee.

Clinton would hardly be the first pol to fight for power in this manner; it's often an unpalatable process, akin to the making of sausage. I'm old enough to recall the stunt Hubert Humphrey pulled in 1972, when he lost the California primary, decided that he didn't like the "winner take all" delegate rules, and tried to change those rules after the fact so he could pick up delegates in proportion to his vote tally. In retaliation, the gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson labeled him "a treacherous, gutless ward heeler."

Clinton is similarly risking charges of treachery if she tries to erase Obama's edge with parliamentary maneuvers, and I wonder whether wavering superdelegates would tilt her way if she did so. Notwithstanding her ties to these insiders, it's also true - and often overlooked - that many are not blinded by love for the Clintons. Some are liberals who disliked Bill's centrist policies; others recall the campaign-finance scandal of 1996 and the Lewinsky scandal of 1998; others blame the Clintons for the conservative revolution that seized both congressional chambers. In short, many have been looking for a viable alternative candidate who would give them a valid reason to vote against Restoration.

But none of this is likely to deter Hillary Clinton, who undoubtedly subscribes to her husband's credo about the need to fight "until the last dog dies." The risk is that she could sour millions of grassroots voters, and the party's White House prospects could die in the process.

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Dick Polman is a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Comment by clicking here.


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01/24/08: If Hillary takes down black guy who embodies the black American dream, she will break the Democratic coalition
01/17/08: Sobs, gulps and a few long sighs: Dems articulate their views
11/08/07: Thompson's federalism draws no ‘amens’ from religious right
11/02/07: Getting white men to jump
10/08/07: Clinton talks reform, but takes cash
07/03/07: Tapping Hillary fashion flap to raise funds
07/27/07: Hillary owes Elizabeth big time
03/09/07: For liberals, Clinton fatigue rooted in policy
03/01/07: Fading memories of Newt: Former speaker could benefit if conservatives forget some of his actions




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