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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 March 4, 2008 / 27 Adar I 5768

Clinton plays victim and victimizer

By Roger Simon


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The stage has been set for a Hillary Clinton comeback today.

Nobody knows if she has the votes to do it, but the opportunity is ripe.

She not only is vigorously attacking Barack Obama but simultaneously portraying herself as a victim.

It is a nifty political two-step.

She is a victim because a male-dominated press corps has counted her out, she says, and has lavished praise on Obama without submitting him to any real scrutiny.

At a Clinton rally in Westerville, Ohio, on Sunday, one woman carried a sign that read: "DON'T LET THE PRESS BOY-CRUSH PICK OUR PRESIDENT."

Time's Karen Tumulty noted: "Indeed, at Clinton's first event of the day, there was almost an anger at the idea that the pundits and the press have anointed a winner before the people have voted."

And Clinton told the crowd: "We're coming back. We need someone in the White House again who is a fighter!"

Clinton used the "victim who battles back" theme effectively in New Hampshire, where she scored the upset that allowed her campaign to continue after being whacked by Obama in Iowa.

Some very bright commentators have written recently that Clinton should have dropped out before Tuesday's primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island. I don't get this at all.

Quitting before you are defeated does not encourage people to work for you, vote for you or give money to you in the future. And Clinton has not yet been defeated.

Yes, she has to worry about 2012, when, if she does not get the nomination this time, she will either be up for reelection to the Senate or could run for president again. But someone who stands up and fights is the image she needs. She does not want the image of someone who cuts and runs when the going gets tough.

Nor do I think, as some do, that Bill Clinton's statement that she needs to win both Texas and Ohio to gain the nomination was (yet another) grievous tactical error.

The Clinton campaign had to serve notice that Tuesday is it. The campaign is facing elimination after 11 Obama victories in a row and with superdelegates swinging his way. Both Clintons had to motivate voters in Texas and Ohio by serving final notice. They had to tell them: Get up off the couch and vote now, or it's all over.

Even those voters who were not particularly passionate for Hillary but just wanted the campaign to go on needed to be told that they had to get out and vote for that to happen. Maybe the voters just wanted more excitement, or to find out what was in her tax returns, or to hear Obama fully explain his relationship with Tony Rezko. As Clinton would say: Whatever.

Clinton had to raise the stakes by raising the bar: It's today or bust.

And along with victimhood, Clinton has finally found a powerful theme, the same theme that George W. Bush used at his convention and in his reelection campaign in 2004: Vote for me or die.

With her "3 a.m. phone call" ad, she is saying exactly what Bush said: I will protect you and your children, and the other guy will not.

Yes, there is irony in a Democrat trying to getting the nomination by adopting a Republican tactic, but, hey, you know what? It worked back then, and Clinton is betting it will work now.

It is not a perfect theme for Clinton. She cannot point to any examples of actually having solved a national security crisis at 3 a.m. or any other time, but her argument is that she has the judgment and experience that Obama lacks to protect the nation.

She is throwing in "kitchen sink" stuff, too: She is hitting Obama for not being candid about NAFTA, and she is even making some odd (and unpleasant) statements on his religion.

On "60 Minutes" Sunday, when Steve Croft asked Clinton if she believed Obama was a Muslim, she replied: "No. No, there is nothing to base that on. As far as I know."

"As far as I know"? Doesn't that just continue a smear? (Obama said Sunday: "I pray to Jesus every night. I am a devout Christian.")

This is not appetizing stuff by Clinton. This is the stuff a candidate who is facing elimination does to hang on.

So can you be both a victim and a victimizer? Of course you can. In politics, anything is possible.

In an interview with ABC News last week, Clinton agreed that many women around the country feel sorry for her. "I think a lot of women project their own feelings in their lives on to me," Clinton said. "Everywhere I go, people say, 'Don't give up, don't give up, stay with this.'''

Clinton added: "There is something going on here."

On Monday, her chief spokesman, Howard Wolfson, said: "If people wake up Wednesday and the headlines read 'Clinton wins Ohio and Texas,' we have a whole new ballgame here."

We will. Now all she has to do is actually win.

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