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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 Feb. 19, 2008 / 13 Adar I 5768

Call the brokers, we need relief

By Wesley Pruden


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Brokered conventions, Florida primaries, rude opponents and anything that goes bump in the night unhinges the two men and a woman who would be president. (One of them cries a lot.)


If a rude opponent renders a candidate weak in the knees and soft in the spine, what would any one of them make of an angry mullah waving a Koran and a bloody scimitar, or that guy in Pyongyang with the goofy haircut?


The prospect of a brokered convention is the current wraith in the shadows. You can understand why John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary want coronation ceremonies, but the rest of us are entitled to a little entertainment. We've put up with a lot over these past few months. Brokered conventions or backroom compromising can produce both great entertainment and great candidates — Jackson, Jefferson, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison and James K. Polk in the 19th century and Woodrow Wilson, the Roosevelts and Harry S. Truman in the century following.


The coronations have produced the likes of George McGovern, Michael Dukakis, SpongeBob SquarePants, Al Gore, John Kerry and Bob Dole. Some nice guys, but forgettable all.


At a brokered convention, the wise men repair to rumpled hotel suites after a succession of inconclusive roll calls to puff on their cigars, sip aged bourbon (Perrier or Mountain Valley water with a twist of meyer lemon for the San Francisco Democrats) and settle on a candidate with likely prospects. Brokered conventions are not ice cream socials. Abraham Lincoln's men threw their opponents off the trains to Chicago, leaving them bruised and broken along the Illinois Central right of way. Surprises make brokered conventions eminently worth watching. Warren Harding was the most astonished man in Chicago in 1920 when his name emerged from the smoke-filled room, and he slipped off to take a streetcar to the rooming house on the South Side to give the bad news to his mistress. Four years later, the Democrats went through 103 ballots before even a smoke-filled room could produce John W. Davis. But an interesting time was had by all.


The idea of overturning primary results is regarded today as dirty pool, but in politics that's often the only pool available. Mike Huckabee, who refuses to go home to Little Rock, is eager to turn it over to the brokers. "A few weeks ago," he told his supporters in a St. Valentine's Day e-mail, "I . . . said that Texas would be the place where the dynamics of this race change dramatically in our favor. Since then, after winning [caucuses and primaries in seven states] we have positioned ourselves to do just that. Remember the Republican nominee must have 1,191 votes . . . or else there will be a brokered convention. . . . Before we get to a brokered convention, however, we will need to win Texas and seize the momentum."


Conventions make their own rules and anything goes. In a brokered convention even Dennis Kucinich might get a second chance when candidates long since out of it get to speak up again. Hillary could cry again. Barack Obama could sprinkle new speeches with stolen phrases from Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King and even Ronald Reagan, without credit. Bill Clinton could copyright "a," "and" and "the," and maybe even "is," and declaim against Obama as the most shameless speech-stealer since Joe Biden swiped a transcript from a British pol and told a weepy story of how his daddy was a poor Welsh coal miner. Brokered conventions make all things possible.


Of course the wiseheads all say it can never happen, but "the brokered convention" might be unfolding before us already. This time the squalid pol with a handful of cheap cigars in his vest and a half-pint of rye in his back pocket is a superdelegate armed with piety if not necessarily wit, eager to wheel and deal. The first fistfight would be over whether to seat the delegates from Michigan and Florida, won by Hillary after Barack Obama skipped those primaries to punish rowdy Democrats who voted early despite warnings from their national committee. Democrats and Republicans alike once reveled in being rowdy, independent and ornery. They could do it again. We can always hope.

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