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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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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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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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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Jewish World Review May 31, 2007 / 14 Sivan 5767

Third party? X-tremely possible

By Clarence Page

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | One thing I appreciate about what I call the "X-treme" candidates in the presidential debates: When they speak, sometimes a real debate almost breaks out.

The X-treme candidates are always out there dancing on the edges of politics like skateboarders at the X Games, the annual televised "extreme sports" that compare to the Olympics in the way that demolition derbies compare to the Indianapolis 500.

There's Rep. Ron Paul, the government-shrinking libertarian from Texas, who runs as a Republican while criticizing the party's spendthrift ways and overseas adventurism.

Democrats have Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio to provoke their liberal souls with his vegan version of red meat. He calls for Vice President Cheney's impeachment and for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Such extreme positions serve a dual purpose: They fire up the party's base while also making the party's top-tier candidates sound like thoughtful moderates, which only helps their appeal to swing voters.

Paul served a similar service in the South Carolina debate of the ten GOP hopefuls, although few of his fellow Republicans sounded very appreciative.

Paul and Kucinich came to mind as I was considering the prospects for what this column is really about, the possible rise of a third party candidate, generated on the Internet.

Some big names from both parties and from neither party have organized the project, called Unity '08 to run a middle-of-the-road bipartisan alternative to the nominees of the two major parties.

The main organizers, Republican consultant Doug Bailey and Democrats Jerry Rafshoon and Hamilton Jordan, who worked in the Carter White House, say they originally planned to write a book together about the broken political system. Somewhere in their discussions somebody must have pointed out there are already about 18 bazillion bipartisan books on the shelves about how the system is broken.

So they came up with a big idea: Recruit 10 million people to be delegates for a virtual convention to be held on the Web in June 2008. Donations will be appreciated, too. Campaigns do cost money, but 10 million people wouldn't have to suffer much pain to raise the $10 million or so that a new party would need to get started.

The Internet gives to today's new movements that kind of new power. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean in 2004 and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama this year have shown how quickly a newcomer with maverick star power and a provocative agenda can raise money as quickly as the old stars with their old-style organizations can.

The timing is right, too. Party allegiance has hit its lowest tide since the birth of scientific polling. As many as one-third of American voters now call themselves "independent." Although most still tend to vote for one party's ticket or the other, many are waiting to be wooed by a fresh and new alternative.

With the big states pushing their primaries up the calendar to be part of the early action, both parties' nominees could be chosen by early February. For the first time, that leaves nine months for boredom, second thoughts and candidate implosions to set in. Enter the Unity '08 surprise in June and there could be a whole new political ballgame by the time voters are ready to pay serious attention to the campaign after Labor Day.

But who might that Unity '08 ticket be? Organizers insist on a ticket that brings a Republican and a Democrat together. If either of the two major party nominees decides to woo Unity's endorsement, for example, he or she would have to name a vice president from the other party. Not likely, I say, but strange things happen in politics.

After all, if, say, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain win the nomination, both of whom voted for the war, it could make Unity '08 the anti-war alternative. My Newsweek column-writing colleague Eleanor Clift recently raised the possibility of an anti-war Unity '08 ticket of Obama and Sen. Chuck Hegel, a Nebraska Republican Vietnam War veteran. Both men are critics of Bush's Iraq policy.

But judging by the hyperbolic temperament of most Internet political junkies with whom I have had experience, Hegel and Obama might not be maverick enough.

A Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich ticket would have a better chance. Paul, for example, scored 91 percent support in a recent straw poll of more than 300 webheads by a Web site called USAElectionsPolls.com, even though he scores barely 1 percent in scientific polls.

The Internet crowd loves their red meat, whether it comes from cows or from tofu. That gives a X-tremers like Paul and Kucinich a chance to win Unity '08, if they work out who will be at the top of the ticket.

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