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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 9, 2008 / 4 Iyar 5768

Obama and blue-collar Whites

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hillary Clinton trudges on. But the Democratic primary is over: Barack Obama will be the nominee.

Clinton's hope was to convince super delegates that Obama had too large of a problem with blue-collar White Democrats to win in November. And to get past Obama in at least the aggregate popular vote to provide an excuse for super delegates to overlook Obama's inevitable lead in pledged delegates.

This was always going to be a tough sell. Democratic fortunes depend heavily on Black turnout, which is volatile. Even if it meant risking the presidency, Democratic officialdom couldn't be perceived as, in essence, stealing the nomination from Obama.

Any hope of a pretext for the super delegates to swing to Clinton died last Tuesday. To keep it alive, Clinton needed to win big in Indiana and run Obama close in North Carolina. Instead, the obverse happened.

According to the tally of RealClearPolitics.com, Obama has a lead in votes cast in all primaries and caucuses of 821,000, excluding Florida and Michigan. Including Florida, which had the names of all the candidates on the ballot even if none of them campaigned there, Obama has a 416,000 vote lead. Including Michigan, where Clinton's name was on the ballot but not Obama's, the lead shrinks to 197,000.

If Clinton runs very strong in the remaining primaries, she might catch Obama in the popular vote, if Michigan results are included. But no one is going to buy that as a fair measurement.

So, however the end plays out, Obama will be the nominee. And both Democrats and Republicans now regard him as damaged goods, due primarily to his continuing problems attracting blue-collar White votes, which was manifest in North Carolina and Indiana despite the generally favorable outcome for him in those contests.

Obama's problem has been crystallized, and perhaps catalyzed, by two developments. Blue-collar Whites have trouble understanding and accepting his long association with Jeremiah Wright of troubling rant fame. And Obama's statement that blue-collar Whites “cling” to guns and G-d, and manifest prejudice, because of economic insecurity struck them as condescending and offensive.

The conventional wisdom is that this gives John McCain, the straight-talking former fighter-jet pilot, a chance to make inroads. I'm skeptical. Here's why.

McCain undoubtedly would be a more comfortable cultural fit for many blue-collar White Democrats. However, this is an election in which economic issues will loom large. And, while it is not the reason that they embrace guns and God, blue-collar Whites are feeling a great degree of economic insecurity these days.

The economy, along with the Iraq war, will be the major backdrops of this election. And there will be three major economic issues on which Obama and McCain will fight: taxes, health care and trade. On all three, blue-collar Whites are much more likely to side with Obama than McCain.

On taxes, McCain proposes extending the Bush tax cuts and reducing the corporate tax rate to be more internationally competitive.

Obama proposes making the tax code even more redistributionist, eliminating the Bush tax cuts for those making over $200,000 while adopting additional tax credits for middle-class and lower-income families.

Obama's tax policies would dramatically reduce investment capital at a time when it is particularly economic important. And, ordinarily, the politics of envy haven't fared very well.

However, in the midst of heightened economic insecurity, blue-collar voters are likely to go to whoever promises them the most. And right now, that's Obama.

Health care has become a component of economic insecurity, since most people get it from their employer. McCain has some good proposals to liberate people from dependence on employers for health insurance. But he doesn't provide a governmental guarantee of access and affordability, as Obama does.

On trade, it's straightforward: McCain is an ardent free-trader; Obama is running as a protectionist. And blue-collar workers believe, mistakenly, that free trade is the primary source of their economic insecurity.

In an election in which the sense of economic insecurity wasn't so inflamed and extensive, blue-collar White Democrats might very well vote their greater cultural affinity with McCain. But Obama speaks more directly to their economic concerns, if not to their true longer-term economic interests.

Elections get down to: Compared to whom? Just because Obama couldn't win blue-collar Whites against Clinton doesn't mean he won't win them against McCain.

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