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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

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 Feb. 13, 2008 / 7 Adar I 5768

Can McCain actually make it happen?

By Roger Simon

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | John McCain is going to have to take his campaign up a notch. 

But, contrary to what some think, he doesn’t have to do that to win over the far right of his party. 

The far right of his party hasn’t gotten the candidate it has wanted since Ronald Reagan. 

What Republican power broker Ken Duberstein called the “radio talk show” wing of the party in this space last week certainly did not want George W. Bush as the nominee when he first ran in 2000. 

Bush refused to endorse a constitutional amendment to ban abortion, and many on the far right preferred Gary Bauer (who ended up endorsing John McCain that year, because Bauer didn’t much like Bush, either). 

The far right did not like Bob Dole, who made a point of refusing even to read the Republican Party’s tough platform on abortion. And George H.W. Bush once famously referred to the far right as “the extra-chromosome set,” which wasn’t exactly an olive branch. 

The far right exerts what influence it can but takes what it can get. 

(And if some want to bolt to a third party or stay home on Election Day, they will merely help ensure the election of a Democrat.) 

McCain knows how far he has to go, and it is not all that far: He will continue to assure the far right that he is with them on the do-or-die issue of judges. At the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, McCain said: “I intend to nominate judges who have proven themselves worthy of our trust [in] that they take as their sole responsibility the enforcement of laws made by the people’s elected representatives, judges of the character and quality of Justices Roberts and Alito. ... ” 

Notice that McCain did not promise to nominate Supreme Court justices exactly like John Roberts and Samuel Alito, nor did he promise to nominate justices who would duplicate their decisions. McCain merely promised to nominate justices of their “character and quality.” And if you think there is some wiggle room in that, there is. 

But McCain has earned his wiggle room. He almost certainly will be the Republican nominee. Which is why it is important for him to remember one thing: He has won a tough fight in a weak field. And the fight against the Democratic nominee is going to be much tougher. 

For a party that values hierarchy and giving the nomination to the “next guy in line,” McCain was the candidate who fit the bill most closely, the candidate who was best known within the party, the candidate who had punched his ticket. 

Nobody fit that bill perfectly. There was nobody who could satisfy the old Reagan coalition of social, fiscal and foreign policy conservatives. But McCain came closest and, to his credit, hung tough when it looked like he was out of money and out of luck last summer. 

But the general election is going to be nothing like the primary election. McCain is going to have to run an extremely strong and energetic campaign. 

There was a particularly interesting exchange between Mike Huckabee, who is still contesting the Republican nomination, and Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” Sunday. At the time, I thought the exchange was merely hilarious. Now, I am not so sure. 

Here is the exchange from the show’s transcript: 

RUSSERT: “You need 1,191 delegates; you have 231, as I mentioned. That means you need 960.” 

HUCKABEE: “Mm-hmm.” 

RUSSERT: “There are only 819 delegates to win. So how are you going to do that?” 

HUCKABEE: “Well, you know, I don’t know how the math works out, but there’s always the chance something stumbles.” 

Something ... stumbles? 

Huckabee could be talking about McCain making a political stumble. But it is hard to imagine that happening at this stage of the game. 

So could Huckabee be talking about some other kind of stumble, something that incapacitates or casts doubt on the health of the 71-year-old McCain? 

I don’t know. I do know that in the general election McCain is going to argue that only he is strong enough to protect America against dangerous and tenacious enemies. 

To make that point, McCain is going to have to radiate strength and vigor and portray himself as the man who is strong and energetic enough to protect America from its foes. 

That is going to be one of McCain’s greatest challenges.

Wednesday: Can McCain boost it up?

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