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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 Oct. 6, 2010 28 Tishrei, 5771

Obama Should Turn Deaf Ear to Bill Clinton

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The pendulum may have been nudged too far, the thumb placed too heavy upon the scale, the votes counted before they have even been cast.

The media are nervous. Have they gone too far in counting the Democrats out come Nov. 2? Has Barack Obama been given his walking papers too soon?

It was inevitable with the midterm congressional elections less than a month away, the story line would start moving back just a little.

Newsweek, Friday: "Simply put, in the NEWSWEEK Poll, voters said they trust Democrats more than Republicans to handle pretty much every problem currently facing the country."

New York Times, Saturday: "Republicans carry substantial advantages as they move into the final month of the fall campaign, but the resilience of vulnerable Democrats is complicating Republican efforts to lock down enough seats to capture the House and take control of the unsettled electoral battleground."

Christian Science Monitor, Sunday: "Polls tighten as elections approach. Good news for Democrats? Maybe."

Politico, Monday: "Once-despondent Democrats now believe that they may be able to avert a total midterm wipeout, as several important states now appear to be trending in their direction or growing more competitive."

This may, of course, be simply a reflection of reality. Stories change because reality changes. That is the thing about pendulums: They swing back and forth. One week, Obama is dog meat — "They talk about me like a dog," Obama said at Labor Day rally in Milwaukee — and the next week, he is prime rib.

After all, what did the guy do so wrong? He prevented a global economic collapse, he reformed the financial industry, he saved the auto industry, and he passed historic health care legislation. He has not yet walked on water, but he has to save something for after the midterms.

So what's the problem? Ask a conservative, and you are told that he is a socialist. Ask a liberal, and you are told that he didn't close Guantanamo. Ask an independent, and you are told we still have man's inhumanity toward man.

Gimme a break.

But presidents don't get breaks. They can't please everybody. Sometimes they can't please anybody.

So in their desperation, Democrats have turned to a Messiah figure, someone who will save them. He even has experience as a Messiah, having undergone one of the most incredible resurrections in the history of modern politics.

Bill Clinton has gone from an impeached serial liar and philanderer to the most popular American political figure alive today. (Admittedly, the competition is not fierce.) According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton has a 55-23 favorable/unfavorable rating, compared with Barack Obama's 46-49 approval/disapproval rating of his job performance.

Why is Clinton looked upon so fondly? Chiefly, he is no longer in the political meat grinder. People are not attacking him every day or searching for his birth certificate. Second, his image is no longer chiefly political, but philanthropic. He labors tirelessly to eradicate poverty and disease, to increase women's rights and improve the environment.

Third, while still a Democrat, he is seen more and more as bipartisan, raising relief funds with George H.W. Bush for global calamities.

Fourth, the guy is still a charmer. He could sell snow cones in Antarctica. And now he is going around the country selling Democratic candidates to voters, even though in his first midterm election as president, he calamitously lost both houses of Congress.

So what is Clinton really up to? Part of it, I think, is payback. There is no great love between Clinton and Obama, Bill still believing that Obama unfairly played the race card to defeat Hillary for the Democratic presidential nomination.

You can hear the revenge in Clinton's recent interview with Politico, when he was asked what Obama can now do. "Embrace people's anger, including their disappointment at you," Clinton said. "And just ask 'em to not let the anger cloud their judgment. Let it concentrate their judgment. And then make your case."

In other words, people's "anger" and "disappointment" with Obama is rational and legitimate, and what Obama needs to do is "embrace" it.

From Obama's point of view, however, he has been doing a good job during tough times, and if it weren't for high unemployment — which is largely not his fault — he would be far more popular.

At a huge rally last week in Madison, Wis., Obama gave a rip-roaring speech, reminiscent of the "old days" of his 2008 campaign. And he talked about those golden, star-dusted times.

"I know sometimes it feels a long way from the hope and excitement that we felt on Election Day or the day of the inauguration," he said. "But I've got to say, we always knew this was going to take time. We always knew this was going to be hard."

"This election is not about what we've done," Obama went on. "It's about the work we have left to do."

And it's not about Obama embracing "anger" and "disappointment," it's about Obama combating anger and disappointment with the truth.

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