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December 2, 2014

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 March 5, 2007 / 15 Adar 5767

Polls, politics and prejudice

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Presidential campaigns are educational. The 2008 primaries are a year away, but we're already seeing the Conventional Wisdom flipped on its head, teaching us Americans new lessons about ourselves.


Who, for example, would have expected former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, known to favor abortion rights, gay rights and gun control, to be surging ahead of Sen. John McCain of Arizona in major polls of Republicans — even among Southerners and Christian conservatives?


A new Time magazine poll, for example, puts Giuliani 14 points ahead of McCain in late February, erasing the 4-point lead that McCain had a month earlier.


Giuliani also surged ahead of McCain by 44 percent to 21 percent in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, wiping out McCain's 7 percentage-point advantage a month earlier.


It also wipes out the Conventional Wisdom that the twice-divorced, libertarian Giuliani would be struggling to explain himself and, perhaps, how to pronounce his name to cultural conservatives who don't quite cotton to them New Yawk lib-brul types.


Well, as they might say in Brooklyn, Fuggeda-boud-it. The new Conventional Wisdom, based on the polls, casts "Rudy-Gee-ooli" as a darling of the Christian right.


How'd he do it? Washington's chattering classes easily explain it:


One, McCain, who has patched up angry relations with the Rev. Jerry Falwell and turned against the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion, is seen by rock-ribbed conservative Republicans as a flip-flopper.


Two, Giulani scores big as a national security icon after his heroic take-charge leadership during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


Oh? Well, guess what? A closer look at the polling reveals another reason: A lot of the conservatives who support Giuliani as a Keep-Us-Safe leader don't know what else he believes.


More than a third of voters overall and almost half of self-described "born-again" white Christians say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who was married three times, in the Time poll. But a 56-percent majority of voters and 54 percent of "born agains" either said incorrectly that this does not describe Giuliani or said that they did not know if it did.


More than half of voters overall gave similarly incorrect or don't-know responses on the questions of whether Giuliani supported President Bush's increasingly unpopular Iraq war policy (he does) or opposes gun control (he doesn't).


Imagine how that must make McCain feel. His appeal has been burdened recently by his allegiance to Bush's war stance. Giuliani gets a free pass while holding the same position. That's OK. The new Conventional Wisdom says we can expect Giuliani's opponents to launch a massive campaign to educate the public on what Rudy really thinks.


And, speaking of knowing or not knowing enough about a candidate, the Conventional Wisdom also has flipped in favor of Sen. Barack Obama.


Remember the stories and commentaries, including my own, that questioned whether Obama was "black enough" as the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya to win black votes? What, I wondered, do the speculators expect? That he should speak Ebonics and join the Crips?


Nevertheless, mainstream media reported with great surprise that polls showed Obama lagging behind the party's frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, among black voters.


As I opined at the time, this should come as a surprise only to those who expect black voters to reflexively jump behind a black candidate. Most black voters, like most other voters, are still learning who he is.


And now, lookee here: The latest ABC/ Washington Post poll. It shows Obama has more than doubled his black support — in one month!


From late January to late February, Obama's support jumped from 20 percent of black voters to 44 percent in the poll. At the same time, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's black support fell from 60 percent to only 33 percent. I am vindicated.


But, as heartwarming as it is to see that a woman can be a presidential frontrunner and an African American can mount a serious challenge, it is saddening to see prejudice rearing its ugly head against a surprising target: Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's religion.


Although about two-thirds of voters in the Time poll said it did not matter to them if a candidate were a Mormon, as Romney is, the other third said they would be less likely to support one. Only 5 percent said they'd be less likely to support an African American and 13 percent less likely to support a woman.


A similar Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll last July found more than twice as many voters said they would oppose a Muslim or a Mormon than a Jew or a Catholic. Biases fade the more people get to know each other. Mitt's got his work cut out for him.


Yes, campaigns teach us a lot about ourselves. Americans have made progress since the day when John F. Kennedy proved a Catholic could win, defying that era's Conventional Wisdom. But not enough.


Now the Baltimore Sun reports that Obama's ancestors may have included slaveholders. Again, the Conventional Wisdom is turned on its head. Who knows? At this rate, Obama could be the first presidential candidate to owe reparations — to himself!

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