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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 June 4, 2008 / 1 Sivan 5768

Endgame: Creeping to victory

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A couple more landslide victories like the one Hillary Clinton scored in Puerto Rico over the weekend, and all would have been lost. Because even if she collected the lion's share of the delegates at stake, Barack Obama picked up just enough of them to inch him closer to victory. No longer a sprint, his campaign has become a slog.


Even an undramatic victory is still a victory. In Puerto Rico, for example, Miss Hillary's blow-out — she got 68 percent of the popular vote compared to her rival's 32 percent — netted her 38 delegates while Barack Obama picked up only 17. But that was enough to leave him only 47 short of the now magic number: 2,118.


Barack Obama could have lost Tuesday's primaries in both Montana and South Dakota, and still come out with enough elected delegates to persuade enough unelected superdelegates finally, finally to put him over the top. In short, the more Hillary Clinton won, the more she lost.


The Obama campaign was already putting out the word that now is the time for superdelegates to get behind his lumbering bandwagon, however much it's slowed down, and provide the final push across the finish line — if they expect to get any of the goodies. Or as a less than subtle e-mail from Obama Central to the superdelegates put it: "A number of people have reported that various members intend to endorse afterthe last primary. Those members need to understand that they won't get any visibility from that." Principle, shminciple, what counts is Visibility — which must be the latest euphemism for patronage and pull.


For Barack Obama, the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is ending not with a bang but a whimper. He's preparing not for a victory lap but just a trudge across the finish line. How different from his streak of wins back in the spring, when he was still Mr. Wonderful. Now he's running less on momentum than inertia.


If and when this young but no longer glamorous senator gets that final delegate, of course he'll celebrate it with all the fanfare he can drum up. But it just won't be the same. For the bright shining star has become a slowly collapsing one. At this point, it may be all over but the forced smiles, the joint poses and ritual incantations of party unity. The magic's gone. Routine has set in.


For Barack Obama, it's been a long year's journey to anticlimax — the result of a front-loaded system out of sync with ever fluid public opinion. It is not a satisfying system, or much of a system at all when you throw in split delegations, elections that may or may not count, rigged rules, and the final decision being made by superdelegates who were never elected themselves.


What a contrast with the way presidential campaigns were once decided, with one ever more decisive primary following another to a grand climax — from little New Hampshire in February to crucial California in June.


Instead, this year's Democratic presidential nomination may have been largely decided before much of the electorate had a chance to see how each candidate reacted under the pressures of a long campaign with all its unforeseeable developments.


The moral of the story: Decide early, repent at leisure. .

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