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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 March 1, 2007 / 11 Adar, 5767

Back to bare knuckles

By Suzanne Fields


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The early rounds of presidential boxing matches for the Democratic nomination are more for entertainment than politics. Like the prizefighter aspiring to be the champ, punching his way to the top, a presidential aspirant can't expect to land a knockout quickly and it's a long way through the early rounds. Hillary and Obama must summon the stamina that carried John L. Sullivan through 75 rounds until Jake Kilrain, bloodied and beaten to a pulp, could barely stand up. Only later would bare knuckles give way to padded gloves and 15 rounds. Hillary and Obama, who have already dispensed with the padded gloves, seem resigned to the 1889 rules.


My father promoted prize fights — he matched Joe Louis against Max Baer for the championship in Washington's old Griffith Stadium in 1941 — and Mom sat perched at ringside center. He checked with her after each round to learn who she gave the round to, and she had an unerring eye for punch and counterpunch.


Television gives us all ringside seats now, but it's harder to call the winner of the rounds when the prize is a large white house on Pennsylvania Avenue. Obama wants to avoid toe-to-toe combat, to keep his distance from Hillary's left hook, but he had to move in closer than he wanted after Maureen Dowd, our premiere gossip columnist, coaxed the hot skinny from David Geffen, the Hollywood movie mogul. Hillary's little fists delivered a flurry of punches at Geffen and some of them hit Obama, but he wanted to spar and block, protecting a pretty face from the inevitable cuts and bruises.


No matter what the candidates say about negative campaigning, the skill to hit powerfully at the opponent's vulnerability always determines who wins. That's why David Geffen's attack was so effective. It aimed at Hillary's weakness. "Everybody in politics lies," said the man from where the purest mendacity is manufactured, "but the Clintons do it with such ease it's troubling." He reminded the feminists how she stood by her philandering man, clinging to borrowed presidential power through feminine wiles and "weakness." He reminded voters of her "lies" in the White House, when she blamed "a vast right wing conspiracy" for Monica Lewinsky, who was merely a one-woman conspirator.


But that's ancient history. As every fighter and presidential contender knows, you're only as good as your next fight. Barack Obama has set himself up as Mr. Clean, requiring him to fight passively (whatever that is), but he can only do that for so long. As soon as yields to the temptation to lands a sucker punch after the bell or during a clinch he's in trouble.


The only presidential candidate who ran a passive campaign, avoiding negative campaigning, was George Washington in 1789. But he had no opponent. Primaries, nominating conventions, windy speeches and debates lay far in the future. He won all 69 votes of the Electoral College.


"The first presidential election in American history was thoroughly undemocratic," observes Paul Boller in his book "Presidential Campaigns." But it was the perfect expression of the popular will and a grateful public approved unanimously. He could have been king, but settled for being the unifying figure that candidates today can only dream of. He won his second term with a unanimous Electoral College vote, too, but by then two feuding cabinet ministers, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, had set up a vicious struggle over ideological differences. They drew the blueprint for future campaigns. Washington had warned about the "spirit of party," but the creation of political parties, which the writers of the Constitution had not anticipated, grew in proportion to personality and policy distinctions.


Intraparty rivalries started then, too. When John Adams ran for re-election against Thomas Jefferson his subsequent loss was more the result of his own party infighting than hard licks delivered by the opposition. Alexander Hamilton, a fellow Federalist, sent a harsh letter to party members criticizing Adams. "I would be deficient in candor," he wrote, trying to take the high ground, "were I to conceal the conviction that he does not possess the talents adapted to the Administration of Government." He described Adams as petty, mean, egotistical, erratic, eccentric, jealous-natured and hot-tempered. And that was just for starters. Hillary would call this the "politics of personal destruction" (which she and Bill know a lot about) but the point that Adams lost is never lost on any candidate.


Bill Clinton describes his wife as a "tireless fighter." Hillary describes her pugilistic approach with more revealing bluntness: "When you're attacked you have to deck your opponent." So we shouldn't expect anyone to play by the Marquess of Queensberry's rules. The marquess wouldn't last a round in this fight.

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