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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

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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

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 4, 2008 / 28 Shevat 5768

Super Tuesday identity crises

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Entering Super Tuesday, both political parties seem to be having an identity crisis.

Going into this election, Democrats thought they knew what their party stood for: getting rid of George W. Bush and any vestige of the you-know-what.

According to the Democratic narrative, Bush stole the 2000 election. He then proceeded to lie to get the country into war, torture foreigners and illegally spy on American citizens. He gave away the treasury to the rich and protected polluters and corporate malefactors.

And that was on Bush's good days.

The Democratic presidential primary was shaping up to be a contest over who loathed Bush and his legacy the most.

John Edwards would be a challenge, but Hillary Clinton had reason to believe she could win that race.

Her early campaign rhetoric was filled with venom toward Bush. She presented herself as the best prepared to take on the supposed right-wing hate machine. She had taken it on before.

If it was a knock-down, eye-clawing, knee-to-the-groin fight Democrats wanted with the dirty-dog Republicans, she was the candidate to lead it. She had a proven ability to take a punch but, more importantly, to deliver one, as well.

And change was a simple matter: George W. out; Hillary in.

Then along came Barack Obama.

Obama said changing personnel and even policy wasn't enough. If the country was to make progress, the way the business of politics and governance were conducted had to change, too. And in that endeavor, Clinton was part of the problem, not part of the solution.

It was an appealing message. Americans of all political stripes are tired of petty partisan bickering and gridlock.

And it had a very appealing messenger. Obama has the most commanding presence of anyone on the political stage today. No one is even a close second.

And an intriguing messenger. Race remains a more indelible divide than gender. Obama was a Black candidate not running on victimization politics. What did that mean? Could he be successful?

The Clintons, candidate and hubby, were slow to understand that the issue of change had itself changed. Obama was a political opponent. What you do to political opponents is attack them.

So the Clintons mischaracterized what Obama said about Ronald Reagan and Republican ideas and misrepresented his position on Iraq. They exaggerated Obama's legal representation of a shady developer who was also a major Obama donor.

All this, however, just served to reinforce Obama's point. The Clintons are old-school kick-and-gouge politicians. If change means conducting politics in a new way, they aren't credible agents of it.

The differences in policy positions between the two are minuscule. So, there are only two main differences for Democratic voters to consider.

The first is experience. Obama doesn't have much that's relevant to being head of government and commander in chief. Clinton knows better than anyone running what it's like to be president. By every account, her role in her husband's administration was substantive and extensive.

The second is political style. Do Democrats want a candidate who will try to kick Republican butt and take names? Or do they want to give Obama's new politics a chance, to see if a different approach will achieve better results?

On the Republican side, conservatives thought they owned the party. Moderates could play but only with their permission and only in the limited areas conservatives allowed.

Then, a funny thing happened. No true conservative ran for the Republican nomination.

Fred Thompson was arguably a true conservative. But then again, arguably, he didn't really run.

Now, conservatives are flummoxed, angry, dispirited and worried.

For reasons not altogether logical, John McCain is the candidate who most sets the teeth of many conservatives on edge. Yet he has the inside track to the nomination.

When McCain won New Hampshire, it was no cause for panic. McCain had lived there for the better part of a year, conservatives told themselves. New Hampshire voters are famously idiosyncratic, and independents, of all people, can vote in the Republican primary.

Then, McCain won South Carolina. Still, no reason to panic, conservatives reassured themselves. All those veterans and those pesky independents still got to play, as well. Things will right themselves once the primaries that are limited to real Republicans roll around.

McCain won Florida, a closed primary, and panic set in.

Now, some conservative pundits are trying to rally around Mitt Romney to stop McCain. Romney is the guy who, in 1994, expressly disavowed Ronald Reagan and said he wasn't even willing to be in the same political party as the Gipper.

And that's the last best hope for conservatives this election?

Populist conservatives went from feeling on top of the world after routing, through an extraordinary grass-roots mobilization, immigration reform that included a pathway to citizenship, to facing the prospect of Mr. Amnesty as their presidential candidate.

Is this just a temporary phenomenon, a product of who decided to run and the political calendar? Or does it represent a fundamental changing of Republican politics?

I haven't a clue. And I suspect voters are just feeling their way through the choices as they present themselves, as well.

At the end of the day, candidates define parties and elections resolve identity crises.

But probably not on Super Tuesday. In both races, there are still enough fractionalization and proportionate delegate allocations that a result that settles the nomination is unlikely.

And perhaps not even with this election season.

I suspect Obama's challenge for a new politics will reverberate in both parties, irrespective of his fate as a candidate. The trouble in the relationship between conservatives and the Republican Party is probably just beginning.

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