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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Sept. 12, 2007 / 29 Elul 5767

Winning the ‘feelings’ vote

By Clarence Page


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Think Hollywood stars are too trivial a matter to think about in these boiling hot political times? Consider this: The most talked-about political events since Labor Day, a time when voters supposedly get serious about upcoming elections, were firmly tied up with star-studded show biz.


Competing with the MTV Awards for weekend attention was Oprah Winfrey's fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama at her California estate, in which he shared the stage for a reported "magic moment" with Winfrey and Stevie Wonder. I say "reported" because my fellow ink-stained wretches and other media creatures were shooed away to make more room for the paying guests.


Less camera-shy was former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who announced his own candidacy on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, snubbing that night's GOP debate in New Hampshire. His opponents used that opportunity to snipe at Thompson. Granite State voters, regardless of party, are united in their hurt feelings toward any candidate who fails to treat them like they're the most important people on the planet.


Nevertheless, Thompson could take some satisfaction from forcing his opponents to make him a bigger political story than anything else that was mentioned in the debate.


Does help from Hollywood matter? I would argue that it does, if not always in predictable ways.


It matters, for example, with the "feelings" voters, the ones who are not necessarily interested enough to pay much attention to all of the kazillions of stump speeches and debates until now. The "feelings" voters may not know much about the candidates' backgrounds, and they may not be moved greatly by the big issues. They are the most likely to answer "undecided" when questioned by pollsters. They waver until they figure out which candidate "feels right."


Do not make fun of the feelings voters. They have feelings, too. They also have the power to sway elections.


Gallup even took a "feeling thermometer" poll in late August, rating which candidates gave voters warm feelings and who left them "cold." Only Obama stirred up "warm" in a slight majority of Americans, although Rudy Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and John McCain ranked close behind. Clinton, however, also left almost half of the voters "cold," making her the most polarizing in the group.


If so, Obama has good reason to hope that Winfrey, the queen of warm feelings, can do for him what she has done for numerous authors in turning their books into best-sellers. What remains to be seen is whether she can help him close the gap that has kept him running behind the former first lady, even among black voters in crucial states like South Carolina.


Polls and focus groups show Clinton beating Obama particularly among working class voters across racial lines, while Obama scores better among the college educated. If so, the question for him may not be the old canard of whether he's "black enough" but whether he's downscale enough. Or "down home" enough.


Thompson, by contrast, is a Hollywood actor wants to be compared to Ronald Reagan, the last actor to make it to the White House. Of course, all of the GOP candidates want to be compared to Reagan, just as all of the Democrats want to be compared to John F. Kennedy. But, dare I say it? Fred, you're no Ronald Reagan.


Long before he won the presidency in 1980, Reagan had more than Hollywood stardom going for him. Since at least 1964 when he made speeches across America on behalf of Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, the GOP nominee, Reagan was working on the big political themes that helped revive the conservative movement and take him to the White House.


A more appropriate comparison for Thompson would be Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ah-nuld won California's governorship in a special election largely through his star power at a time when his own party was in disarray and voters were largely fed up with Democratic dominance of the state capital. So it is with Thompson. When he fell behind in his bid for Vice President Al Gore's empty Senate seat in 1994, Thompson turned things around with a touch of show biz: He rented a big red pick-up truck, painted his name on the side and rolled around the state to shake every hand he could grab.


Now he enters a Republican field in which the most popular choice in one July Associated Press-Ipsos poll was "None of the above." There's not much time for the public to get to know Thompson's views, but he's had years of movie and TV exposure in which he built good feelings. The Gallup "feeling thermometer" poll showed most people know his name and tend to view him favorably. That's a start. But sooner or later people are going to want to know what he thinks.

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