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December 2, 2014

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 January 25, 2008 / 18 Shevat 5768

A campaign for the Gelded Age

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Life in the Gelded Age won't ever be exciting for the red-blooded among us — the meat-eating men and women who sup on ham, ram and lamb and dine on bull, beef and bear — but the manly thing to do is make the best of it.


We finally get the makings of a first-rate presidential campaign, with the marketing men, consultants and focus groups shoved aside, and if you believe what you read in the newspapers and see on television, everyone is in a panic to find a fainting couch. Adjectives like "unprecedented" and "novel" and "raw" are drafted to describe the back-and-forth between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.


Actually, there are precedents aplenty. You could find meaner stuff in an election for president of the Ladies Aid Society at the Methodist church. Politics, particularly presidential politics, always has been a smash-mouth game of tackle football, with neither pads nor helmets. Bill Clinton says this is his last campaign unless he runs for school board in the distant future; if he does the Volvo-and-beansprout folk are warned to avert their eyes.


So far this year we haven't seen anybody's mouth smashed. Ed Rollins, the campaign manager for Mike Huckabee, a Baptist pastor who confronted meaner deacons than anyone he has seen in South Carolina, threatened to reduce Mitt Romney's dental work to ruins. But he insists he was only speaking "metaphorically." We're even a little confused about who's actually running. It's Clinton vs. Obama, but not necessarily between the senators. Bill has taken over for his missus, and now Michelle Obama has taken up the fight for her senator. "The one thing that is clear is that when power is confronted with real change, they will say anything," she told an audience at the Lazy Goat Grill in Greenville, S.C. What? Politicians will say anything? Candidates will distort each other's records? Well, duh. Even goats know better.


Hillary offered a stout defense of Bill for saying that Mr. Obama had put a "hit job" on him. She was eager to lob lady-like pies and cream puffs. "We're in a very heated campaign and people are coming out and saying all kinds of things," she said. "I'm out there every day making a positive case and I have a lot of wonderful people, including my husband, who are out there making the case for me."


As charge-and-countercharge goes, this is cream of broccoli soup. Once upon a time not so long ago only a hearty beef stew or a robust bowl of red could warm a wintry afternoon on the trail. Bill Clinton, who learned politics in Arkansas, where the Marquis of Queensbury was just another French wussy, does not try to hide his glee. He never thought his campaign for a third term could be so much fun.


Like nearly all pols, the Clintons no less than Barack Obama retreat with yelps to play the victim when tough stuff is aimed at them. But when the issue is in doubt, or it's time to move in for the kill, the ex-prez will revert to original form, and run for president as if running for governor. In his final campaign for governor in the land of the magic huckleberry, Bill dispatched Hillary to break up his opponent's announcement press conference, to pester with pointed questions and generally make a spectacle of herself. The next morning it was Hillary on the front page, crowding the hapless opponent off the stage, page and out of the story. He never recovered.


It's clear that the Clinton strategy is to accentuate the Obama negatives, such as they may turn out to be. Emphasizing the senator's Muslim middle name — Hussein — is infuriating, but it's accurate and hardly an insult. The senator is still in a lather because Bill Clinton called his record on opposition to the Iraq war "a fairy tale." Whatever it was it wasn't worthy of Hans Christian Andersen, but the description quickly became "racist." Overnight our first black president became our first formerly black president. The ghost of the Gipper still hangs about, frightening the ladies and scaring Democratic horses. "The fact that Hillary has praised Ronald Reagan ... just underscores that she will say or do anything to get elected," an Obama flack declared. Oh dear. The shame of it all.

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