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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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 Dec. 3, 2007 / 23 Kislev 5768

Just what the GOP needs

By Kathryn Lopez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I do not know who the Republican nominee for president of the United States will be, but whoever he is, his pick for vice president should be Bill Bennett.

William J. Bennett has both name recognition and respect. The children of a friend of mine illustrated this best when she ran into Bennett this fall. "Oh I know him, he wrote 'The Book of Virtues,'" one of hers said. Quickly, another interrupted: "No, silly, he was drug czar."

"No," the third protested, "Bill Bennett was education secretary."

They were all right, which not only indicates the breadth of his experience, but also a comforting and practical reality for any American who wants his or her president well-served. The bonus: That substantial Bennett package also comes with excellent communications skills. Trained in philosophy, Bennett would be an effective spokesman for an administration. As one D.C. hand put it to me, "Bill is among the handful of best conservatives who appear on television and debate: He's very smart and well-informed, quick on his feet, clever and humorous, doesn't back down and speaks like a human being, not like a person who's been handed talking points."

In fact, Bob Dole asked the former education secretary to be his running mate in 1996. Bennett declined the opportunity. Also in 2000, conservative columnist Robert D. Novak insisted Bush ask Bennett to be veep. However, as much as he loves public service, Bennett was never that interested in the idea. As Novak relayed, "He would rather spend a Saturday afternoon playing football with his young sons than shaking the hands of voters."

But Bill and his wife, Elayne, president of the Best Friends Foundation, are now empty-nesters. When I recently asked him if he would consider the vice presidency this time, he replied: "I have been asked to consider this seriously twice before and said 'no' each time — the timing wasn't right then. But sure, I wouldn't mind being asked again, and sure, I'd think about it."

The fact is Bennett's country and party may need him. The elephant in the GOP room right now is the real possibility that the nominee could be former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who favors legal abortion. For a party that has been pining for the next Ronald Reagan to have a nominee who disagrees with such a key component of the 1980 platform could be a deal-breaker.

But what if Giuliani announced early on in the primary process that he had an established, respected social conservative ready to run with him? If Giuliani is the GOP future, Bennett on the ticket assuages concerns.

If former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney becomes the nominee, Bennett would still provide gravitas and a deep well of political, conservative experience for a northeast businessman who recently evolved into a conservative on some key issues. This could also help Sen. John McCain (Arizona) because Bennett is a known conservative commodity in a way that McCain, who frequently irks conservatives on key issues, will never be. If former Sen. Fred Thompson (Tennessee) somehow makes it to the top, Bennett could provide heft and energy to a ticket that would otherwise have a lazy rep.

Author of multiple bestsellers and a two-time Cabinet secretary, Bennett is currently a daily radio talk-show host, CNN commentator and Claremont Institute think-tanker, with victory in the war on terror weighing on his mind. For a guy who could be retired and resting on his laurels, Bennett still has the Right fight in him.

At 64, Bennett does not need to be vice president. He has led a full life of service. He has had his trash gone through, and he has put up with the nonsense. However, he also realizes that not only are America's best days ahead of her, but so are some of her direst challenges. He is someone who understands the threats, foreign and domestic. He is someone who does not desire to be top dog, but only to be listened to. And he will not be running a campaign while being the president's invaluable eyes, ears and confidante. Bill Bennett may be exactly what the GOP nominee — and America — needs.

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