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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 August 5, 2008 / 4 Menachem-Av 5768

Obama's veep pick: You do the math

By Roger Simon


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | During his primary campaign, while Barack Obama concentrated on inspiration, his staff concentrated on arithmetic.


While the Hillary Clinton campaign thought the race was about the big states they won — We won California! We won Massachusetts! We won Ohio! We won Texas! — the Obama campaign knew it was all about the slow, steady accumulation of delegates.


He accumulated more delegates than Clinton, and that was that.


Math was king during the primaries, and I think it is going to be king again when it comes to Obama picking his running mate.


Running mates really don't have that much to do during the campaign — they give speeches that get little press coverage, and they debate each other one time — but you want them to do something on Election Day.


In the case of Obama, I think he wants his running mate to help him with the math. I think he wants his running mate seriously to help him get to 270 Electoral Votes and victory.


Toward that end, I hear two names at the top of his short list are Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh.


Both have pluses and minuses.


On the minus side for Kaine, I hear the Obama people are wondering if he can really take a punch. Virginia governors can serve only one term, so they never get re-election experience. They don't know what it is like to have to defend their records, as Kaine would have to do as a vice presidential nominee.


On the minus side for Bayh is that he was an early Hillary Clinton supporter, whereas Kaine was an early Obama supporter. Does Obama really want to look disloyal to those who went to bat for him? (On the flip side, however, is that putting Bayh on the ticket could be seen as a way of reaching out to Hillary's supporters and giving them a consolation prize.)


On the plus side for Kaine is Virginia's 13 electoral votes in a Southern state that Democrats would like.


On the plus side for Bayh is Indiana's 11 electoral votes in a state Democrats almost never win. Indiana was one of the two Great Lakes states (Ohio was the other) that Democrats lost in the presidential contest of 2004.


So this becomes the real calculation: Can Obama win Virginia without Kaine on the ticket? Maybe.


But can Obama win Indiana without Bayh on the ticket? Probably not.


So you do the math.

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