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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 Oct. 2, 2008 / 3 Tishrei 5769

10 answers for Sarah Palin

By Roger Simon


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | ST. LOUIS — On the one hand, Sarah Palin says that "gotcha journalism" is a very bad thing, but on the other hand, she has told reporters, "You can even play 'stump the candidate' if you want to."


I'd like to vote for "stump the candidate."


I hope both Palin and Joe Biden get asked very tough questions at their debate Thursday night, if only to provide the American public with entertainment.


Let's be open about it. As I have pointed out before, most people watch political debates for the same reason they watch the Indy 500: to see who crashes and burns.


And it has always been so. Remember the Lincoln-Douglas debates? Sure you do. Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas debated seven times in 1858 for a Senate seat, and today those clashes are hailed as everything debates should be.


But as debate historian Joel Swerdlow has written, at the time, "the Lincoln-Douglas encounters were popular mostly because they were excellent theater and not because what was said was particularly wise or revealing."


And who really wants wise and revealing? Wouldn't we rather see a debate where the participants are crushed and humiliated?


Clearly, as the candidate with less experience, Sarah Palin is a little jumpy. She is already talking about how she is just a "normal Joe Sixpack American" and if a bunch of journalists (like that known tough guy Katie Couric) want to make her look bad, so be it.


Still, I suspect Palin's debate preppers have provided her with some all-purpose answers for Thursday night just in case. These could include:


1. "Bounces off rubber and sticks to glue."


2. "I know you are, but what am I?"


3. "OK, so I may not know where Waziristan is, but I can see Russia from my roof."


4. "Drill! Drill! Drill!"


5. "I don't know the answer to that, but if you give me your address, I'll have my husband snow machine over to your house and punch you in the nose."


6. "How those hair plugs working out for you, Joe?"


7. "How should I know? I am not Sarah Palin, I am really Tina Fey."


8. "Sure, I said, 'Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States,' but at least I didn't plagiarize it."


9. "The square of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides. Oh, sorry. Wrong cheat sheet."


10. "How much do you really have to know for a do-nothing job?"


You think those answers would make her look bad? I don't. I think they would make her look great. She would look witty and entertaining, and what else can you ask for in a national leader?


"Frankly, in American politics, the standard of intelligence and academic excellence is not very high," Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers, once told me. "Deeply reflective people are not common in American politics, and they are often not successful."


Which gives Palin a built-in edge.


But what about 10 answers for Joe Biden?


Are you kidding me? The challenge for his side is getting him to shut up.

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