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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

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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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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

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Feb. 23, 2007 / 5 Adar, 5767

The Early Show, live and in color

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hillary throws a mud ball at Obama, Anna Nicole Smith declines to sign a no-tax pledge, Rudy Giuliani vows to "go to Korea," John McCain promises to build a fence on the Canadian border, and Britney Spears boasts that only she can shave the cost of the war in Iraq.

Who do you have to pay to get out of this movie?

We've merged politics and entertainment, and it's impossible to keep the flashing images straight. Someone's dead and someone else is famous for going out without her panties, but who can remember who does that? The presidential campaign has become the longest-running production since "The Mousetrap," and it mostly resembles "Nightmare on Elm Street." By Election Day, not next November but the November after that, who will remember who's running for what?

"Two years of this?" screams the front page of the New York Daily News. "They promised to play nice, but already they're at each other's throats."

"They," of course, are what the tabloids are calling "Hil" and "Bam," and the spectacle this week in Gotham and in South Carolina was great theater, and maybe even clever politics. Both the tabloids and the broadsheets love it, but we have to pretend to be high-minded and pose as offended.

The one-time "wife of" a president, having decided that Barack Obama, the former state senator from Illinois, is more than merely the flavor of the month and may even be the American idol, thinks it's time to throw him off the island if she can.

The thing to remember is we're playing primary politics now, not election politics, and the candidates are marking territory, like dogs preparing for a fight. Hil (like her mentor Bill) regards Hollywood as her territory. She thought it was already marked, but David Geffen, the movie mogul out where seasonal loyalty was invented, no longer likes Hil, and has transferred his undying affections to Bam. "Everybody in politics lies," says the man from the Land of the Lies, "but the Clintons do it with such ease it's troubling."

Well, Arkansas is a small state, but the folks there were ahead of Hollywood. Mr. Geffen is just now learning about the Clintons. If only Hil were as smart, as clever, as versed in politics and foreign policy, as principled and peace-loving as a Hollywood mogul. Or as eager to concede mistakes. "It's not a very big thing to say, 'I made a mistake' on the war [in Iraq], and typical of Hillary Clinton that she can't," he told the New York Times' Maureen Dowd, the dowager queen of mean, of Manhattan melodrama. "I think America was better served when the candidates were chosen in smoke-filled rooms." (No argument here.)

The slanging match moved to unlikely South Carolina because that's where Bam was, the American idol basking in the thoughtful attention once reserved for Michael Jackson, moving through the crowds and using up the entire state's winter allotment of exclamation marks.

"Yo, South Carolina! Let's get busy! Let's go to work! Let's organize! How are you doing South Carolina! Look at this! Look at this! Goodness gracious!"

This is about as close to Churchillian oratory as the crowds at modern presidential rallies can tolerate. A movie mogul might advise throwing in a few F words and blasphemous curses, just to keep the eloquence familiar, but Bam was getting the adulation that even Hil might envy, armed only with the exclamation marks.

Bam's best applause lines were his retorts to the taunt from the Hil camp that a black man at the top of the ticket would inevitably drag down Democratic candidates for lesser offices. "Everybody's entitled to their opinion," he said. "But I know this: That when folks were saying, 'We're going to march for our freedom,' somebody said, 'You can't do that.' And when somebody said, 'Don't sit at our lunch counter, don't share our table.' We can't do that! We can't!"

The man who brought up the unremarkable unmentionable was a black man himself, and he was only saying what a lot of Democrats black and white are saying privately, just as they're speculating both publicly and privately that a woman with a reputation as a shrew might sink the ticket, too.

Nobody expects either Hil or Bam to actually carry South Carolina on that distant November day. But it's never too soon to make noise. We'll need a lot of it if we're going to stay up for the fourth act.

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