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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 March 28, 2008 / 21 Adar II 5768

Slam dunks are only in basketball

By Wesley Pruden

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Presidential candidates are a lot like new shoes. They fit better after a few strolls around the block. A candidate's flaws that look fatal in April look more like footnotes in October.

The row between the women and the blacks in the Democratic primaries is more entertainment than meltdown, but some Democrats are about to reach for the panic button. When the going gets tough the not-so-tough surrender to hysteria. The new polling numbers by Rasmussen, the most reliable pollster of the moment, would in fact be terrifying for the Democrats if this were October. But this is only almost April, not October.

What's happening among the Democrats illustrates once more that slam dunks are for March Madness, not presidential elections. Barring candidates like George McGovern and Barry Goldwater, there are no slam dunks in November. Only a few weeks ago, the Democrats could hardly wait for November, plotting to leave Iraq in confusion and chaos, to raise taxes, to make nice with the nation's enemies, to pump up the welfare state, to do for health care what we've done for public education. Republicans, ever eager to show the white feather when a Democrat says boo, were looking for the best and fastest routes out of town. Who could blame them? The media, ever eager to demonstrate even-handedness and a lack of bias, were in thrall to Obama and not quite ready to abandon the Clinton myth, but keen to encourage Republican despair.

But now look: Barack Obama, once the beige knight on a dappled horse, got caught hanging out with hatemongers and America-lasters in Chicago, and Hillary, ever the coquette, got caught flirting with the race issue, making up war stories about her heroics in Bosnia, and otherwise being a Clinton. Now both Hillary and Obama are villains among the party faithful, depending on which faithful you talk to, and Rasmussen finds that substantial numbers of Democrats don't want either one of them, with 1 in 5 saying both should quit and let someone else try. But 4 of 5 Democrats don't want the struggle to end, which is a measure of the depth of the mutual rage.

John McCain has opened 10-point leads over both Obama and Hillary in the latest measurement of national sentiment. Some of the most frightened Democrats even want to bring Al Gore in from the cold, as it were, and crown the king of the melting solar system as the man who can "bring us together." (Try not to laugh.) Nobody talks about slam dunks any longer, though a 10-point McCain lead on Election Day would translate to "landslide."

Restoring the Democratic National Convention, like its counterpart moribund for decades as nothing more than a pep rally, to a real nominating convention was dismissed as a pipe dream of bored reporters and conniving pundits as recently as Christmas. Now nobody rules out anything. A floor fight over whether to seat the delegates elected in the disputed primaries in Florida and Michigan could set everything afire, and a runaway convention might nominate anyone. Barack Obama could, in this event, practice unifying the country by first unifying the Democratic Party, acceding to Al Gore or someone else as the third way to the White House. This would give him a long leg up four years hence, when John McCain would likely be completing his first and only term. Who knows what the Clintons would do.

Nevertheless — and this is the big nevertheless — there's scant evidence that the gap between left and right, between red states and blue, has closed. Bill Clinton, the most popular Democrat of his generation, never won a majority of the popular vote. George W. Bush won two national elections, but only barely. The margins of the past two decades are not likely to tighten this year. We're as divided as we ever were, and as salutary as the right landslide might be in calming tempers and soothing anger we won't see one this year. Slam dunks are for pituitary giants running up and down the floor in colorful underwear. The rest of us, like it or not, will have to break in new shoes.

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