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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

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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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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 April 26, 2007 / 8 Iyar, 5767

Hillary's problems

By Bob Tyrrell


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Another week passes, and on The New York Times front page there appears yet another ominous report on the perils facing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential prospects. First the Times reported on the ambivalence of Hillary's Wellesley classmates toward her. Now the Times reports that a growing number of New York's black political leaders are looking favorably toward her main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, who is black. "Obama's Rise Strains Loyalty on Clinton's Turf" is the headline. The "turf" in question is New York's black Democratic electorate. In the 2004 New York state primary, black Democrats comprised 20 percent of their party's turnout. The Clinton camp has reason to worry.


Expecting Hillary to campaign effectively against Obama in the black community is expecting a lot from this middle-aged suburban lawyer, educated in the Ivy League. So the Clinton campaign is rousing America's "first black president," her husband Bill, to address black and Hispanic groups. Actually, when the black novelist Toni Morrison first esteemed the Boy President as our "first black president," I doubt she recognized the irony. Of all America's previous presidents, the one who most closely approximates Clinton, in presidential achievements and in personal frailties, is Warren Gamaliel Harding, a much-loved rascal who, irony of ironies, was rumored to have black blood — not a compliment in his day, but neither would it be a compliment then to appraise a president a "rock star" or even a "vaudeville star." Times change.


With Obama, all Americans — white and black — are getting a candidate of sounder character than Clinton or Harding. Moreover, for a political newcomer Obama is mounting a surprisingly formidable campaign. He has rarely misspoken and he seems well organized. In the first 90 days of 2007 he raised more money for the primaries than Hillary ($24.8 million to $19.1 million) and he raised it from a wider base: More than 108,000 donors for Obama, 50,000 for Hillary.


Hillary's supporters seem to be what we might call the Democratic Party's old money: Hollywood and Wall Street. Obama's supporters might be seen as new money: younger donors, donors from the Internet. Increasingly it appears Hillary has troubles within the Democratic base, for instance with blacks and the next generation of angry left-wingers. Thus desperation is creeping in. She is caught affecting a phony African American accent in addressing blacks. Talk radio and Drudge boom it across the land — more desperation.


No wonder two publishing houses, having invested heavily in books on Hillary, are rushing them out. If she does not turn this campaign around, she may not make it through the primaries. This week we heard that Carl Bernstein's "A Woman in Charge" will be out June 19. Two months later "Her Way" by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta will be out, possibly sooner.


I find the challenges facing Hillary's nomination all very gratifying. In my current book chronicling the Boy President's adventures in retirement, "The Clinton Crack-Up," I predict her problems. She is not a natural politician, and I even doubt that she is all that tough a political campaigner. Truth be known, she is very cautious.


When I crashed her husband's 60th birthday party in Toronto, I found myself seated with two of his top aides. They were lamentably garrulous fellows, and I was all ears. They had no idea who I was. It was early autumn. The 2006 off-year elections had yet to be decided. One Clinton aide allowed as how Hillary had yet to decide on a presidential run. She wanted to see how well the Democrats did in November. If they did well, she would probably run. If they did badly, she would probably not run. And one other thing: She was very apprehensive about running against Sen. John McCain. Now with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the race, my guess is she worries about facing either of these Republican frontrunners.


Now in her own party she faces the growing threat of Obama. For Hillary these are parlous times, even daunting times.

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