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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 May 21, 2008 / 16 Iyar 5768

The perfect veep who'd never be president

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Imagine the election this fall as a gigantic Democratic primary in which independents and Republicans can cross over. I suspect this is how John McCain is looking at it.

Sen. McCain is running for president de facto as an independent. This gives conservatives heartburn, but considering the parlous state of the Republican brand these days, it's probably wise.

The three biggest obstacles between Sen. McCain and the White House are: (1) President Bush. He's the most unpopular president in the history of polling, a drag on GOP candidates everywhere.

(2) The Republican label. In a poll taken for NBC and the Wall Street Journal in March, voters preferred a generic Democrat over a generic Republican by 13 percentage points.

(3) His age. Sen. McCain will be 72 in August. If elected, he'd be the oldest first term president in history (Ronald Reagan was 69).

The more swing voters view Sen. McCain as independent, the more likely they are to choose between him and Sen. Obama on the basis of the major differences between them on issues, or on their characters, or on their experience, all of which work to Sen. McCain's advantage.

And by stressing his independence, Sen. McCain undermines one of Sen. Obama's campaign themes. Sen. Obama has presented himself as a reformer who would reach across party lines. But he's never actually done it. Sen. McCain has. In a "where's the beef?" contest, Sen. Obama is tofu.

The downside is that conservatives unhappy with Sen. McCain will grow more disenchanted. He could lose on the right as many votes as he gains in the center. To walk this tightrope successfully will require a diplomacy Sen. McCain has yet to exhibit, and a wisdom and maturity conservatives have yet to display.

Sen. McCain needs to recognize that he cannot win the election without the support of conservatives, so he ought not gratuitously to insult them.

Conservatives need to recognize Sen. McCain is greatly preferable to Sen. Obama on most of the issues dear to our hearts, and worse on none of them.

Conservatives also should understand that to win in the poisonous atmosphere this year, Sen. McCain needs the votes of many people who are not fond of Republicans. We must give him a little latitude in seeking them.

Since I think man-made global warming is a hoax, I'm not pleased that Sen. McCain has embraced it. But according to a focus group conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, the ad that Sen. McCain made to explain his position has a profound effect on Democrats. Before being shown the ad, 47 percent of Democrats thought Barack Obama had the best plan on global warming. After viewing the ad, only 37 percent thought so.

Sen. McCain's "cap and trade" plan would be unnecessarily burdensome to our economy. But it would be less harmful than what Sen. Obama plans to do. And if it's what it takes to win the war on terror, keep activist judges from subverting democracy, and prevent a massive income tax hike, it's a price I'm willing to pay.

Running as an independent doesn't help Sen. McCain with his age, but what he can do about his age problem can reinforce his independent credentials.

There are down sides to stating explicitly he intends only to serve a single term. But Sen. McCain should make this strongly implicit.

Imagine you're a Hillary Clinton supporter (or Hillary herself). You'd still like to see Hillary in the White House. You know that isn't going to happen this year, and that it isn't going to happen in 2016. Hillary's only chance to win is in 2012, and that's only if Sen. Obama loses this year. If Sen. McCain signals he only plans to serve one term, that could be a reason for Hillary supporters to stay home, or to cross over, on election day.

Sen. McCain could burnish his independent credentials by selecting Sen. Joe Lieberman as his running mate.

If he were to select either former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, he'd annoy supporters of the other, because they see each others as rivals should Sen. McCain lose this year, or choose not to seek re-election, and they don't want their rival to have the leg up the vice presidential nomination would provide.

Sen. Lieberman poses no such problem, because as a Democrat, he knows the GOP wouldn't ever nominate him for president. The field would be clear for both parties in 2012. Making that clear could provide Sen. McCain the boost he needs to be elected president in 2008.

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