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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 Nov. 26, 2010 / 19 Kislev, 5771

Sarah Palin shouldn't rush her bid for the presidency

By Betsy Hart



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In 2001, when Bill Clinton left the White House, political eyes turned to Hillary Rodham Clinton and her political future. The political book at the time was that she had a good shot at the New York Senate seat she started running for in 2000. But that would likely be the end of the line. Too divisive, too abrasive, too many missteps and all that. No way could she win a national election, though Republicans salivated at the prospect of her attempting to do so.

By 2008, she was considered the "inevitable" candidate, who would have gotten the Democratic nomination were it not for someone named Barack Obama.

No doubt she'll be a serious contender again. But I, for one, think America's first woman president won't just be a Republican, but a conservative Republican. Why? Because whiners don't win, and "feminist" women typically deal in the politics of resentment.

The leading Republican woman right now in American politics is, of course, Sarah Palin. Her second book, "America by Heart," was just released. And yes, she's talked about running for president.

Today the political book on Palin -- at least from Republicans, which is what matters right now -- seems to be the extremes of either "She can't win (and we don't want her as president anyway)" to "She has to run now."

I myself, as a conservative, appreciate Palin because she radiates political energy. Yes, some of her handpicked candidates lost in the recent elections, but such energy rarely operates perfectly. So what? And anyway, what now?

What I haven't heard is much discussion between the extremes -- that for her, patience might be the ultimate virtue. Palin not only doesn't have to run in 2012 -- there are potentially very viable conservative candidates, and at only 46 she has some 20 years to pick the right time -- but she would be better off waiting. No doubt political operatives with fame and fortune on their minds are showing her now how she can win in the Iowa caucuses and sail into the presidency in 2012.

But why now? What's the rush? There is a way for her to change her "high negative" poll numbers, which no one wants to run or govern with, without sacrificing anything she believes in. But it won't happen overnight. It will happen if she takes time to grow in stature. With perhaps a page from Hillary Clinton's playbook.

Instead of running this time around, by backing and working hard for a successful GOP presidential candidate in 2012, Palin would win the admiration of many Republicans cautious about her now. If she wants it, she could be awarded a significant Cabinet post. I'd love to see her shake things up as energy secretary, for instance, where she would have a platform to speak to significant policy issues. Talk about street credentials.

If the Republican loses in 2012 -- not unlikely, since beating an incumbent president is extremely difficult -- she's well-placed for four years later if she follows a path of learning more -- and speaking -- about major public policy issues she's passionate about. And bringing her energy to Republican efforts to reshape the political landscape to create an opportunity for success for the GOP in 2016.

Even then, she might decide for a variety of reasons that it's not the right time. But she'll be closer to the right time if the presidency is still something she wants to pursue.

I do know that Hillary Clinton didn't run even in 2004 (she may have, of course, had President George W. Bush not been very popular in 2002 and 2003). Instead, she continued to work away in the Senate, winning new regard even from those who didn't agree with her.

Hmmm.

If Sarah Palin takes a similar path, who knows? We might see a Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton matchup in a few years. Now that would be worth waiting for.

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