Home
In this issue
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 July 30, 2010 19 Menachem-Av, 5770

The ‘Watch Me Generation’ Should Watch Out

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Every year, the publication for which I work, Politico, selects "50 Politicos to Watch." As I write this, I do not know who they are. There are two reasons for this: I wish to remain fair and impartial. Also, I don't care.

That's because, in a sense, I already know who they are. In high school, they were the cool kids. They were the guys with great hair, the girls with great figures. They were wild and irresponsible, and they had cars, in which they did wild and irresponsible things.

They always got what they wanted. They never sat home on Friday and Saturday nights looking through their rain-smeared bedroom window watching the "in" kids go out on dates while they stayed home sucking on frozen pizzas because they could not summon up enough energy to microwave them. May be getting a little too personal here.

They were the people who, as Joan Didion once put it, always had the lights turn green for them. They were, in other words, not Joan Didion. They were the people who made lists.

And the rest of us hated them for it.

But why? We know what those kids turned into. We know where they are today. At best, they are on work release and wearing ankle bracelets. At worst, they are sharing a cell with Bernie Madoff or Lindsay Lohan.

Watch them? You bet we should watch them.

But who really wants to be one who is watched? Think of how the word is used: Watch out! Watch your step! Watch your p's and q's!

Is being watched a good thing? Ask John Edwards. (If you buy him an apple martini, I hear you can ask him anything.) Nobody sane wants to be watched. Ask Gary Hart, who said in a New York Times interview May 3, 1987: "Follow me around. I don't care. I'm serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They'd be very bored."

Oh, Gary, watch your mouth.

But if the baby boomers were the "Me Generation," we now all live with the "Watch Me Generation." Watch me on Facebook. Watch me tweet. Watch me blog. Watch me, watch me, watch me.

But everybody cannot be watched. So we have to narrow it down for you in lists. I asked what criteria Politico used in forming this list, what set of standards we employed, what measuring sticks, what guideposts.

I was told the selection process was "very informal." In other words, we picked whomever the hell we wanted to. Go sue us.

I was asked my opinion of one nominee for the list. I replied that she was "really terrific," which I hoped would be enough to sink her. (Honestly, would you put anyone on a list because I thought that person was really terrific?) Why did I do this? Because why should she be on the list and not I? What makes her so special? That she never sucked on a frozen pizza?

What happens to those who do make the list? They get to wear T-shirts that say, "Don't Hate Me Because I Made Politico's List."

But you know what? It won't work.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in Washington and in the media consider "must reading." Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.


Comment on Roger Simon's column by clicking here.


Roger Simon Archives


© 2009, Creators Syndicate