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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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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

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Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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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

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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

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Jewish World Review August 14, 2008 / 13 Menachem-Av 5768

Pros and Conventions: Useful Ideas From the Stevensons and Friends

By David Broder


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — The Stevenson family has a long history with political conventions.


Great-grandfather Jesse Fell went to the Republican convention in Chicago in 1860 to help turn the brand-new Republican Party to his friend Abraham Lincoln.


In 1892, the first Adlai Stevenson was nominated to run for vice president, with Democrat Grover Cleveland, in Chicago. In 1900, he was nominated a second time, this time on a ticket headed by William Jennings Bryan.


In 1948, the second Adlai Stevenson, running for governor of Illinois, took his 17-year-old son, Adlai III, with him to the Chicago convention that nominated President Harry S. Truman and gave the No. 2 spot to their cousin, Sen. Alben Barkley of Kentucky.


In 1952, Adlai II gave such a stunning welcoming address to the delegates in Chicago that they drafted him as their candidate for president. Four years later, they did so again.


So it was altogether fitting that on a sunny, cool Sunday afternoon this week, several hundred people filled a tent behind the white farmhouse where former governor Stevenson made his home in this suburb north of Chicago. Their treat was an eclectic panel that joined Adlai III, a U.S. senator in the 1970s, in reminiscing about conventions past and answering questions from television newsman Bill Kurtis.


With only one exception, all the panelists had sought the presidential nomination. Two were Republicans: Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana and former congressman John Anderson of Illinois, who ran as an independent in 1980 after failing in the GOP primaries. The Democrats were former senator George McGovern of South Dakota and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson.


A unique perspective came from veteran Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, who, as a young police officer, had been part of the security detail for then-Mayor Richard J. Daley at the tumultuous 1968 Democratic convention that nominated Hubert Humphrey for president and launched the national political careers of McGovern and Jackson.


Burke, who is co-author of a history of Chicago political conventions and a stalwart of the current Daley machine, had by far the most positive view of conventions. All the others had things they would like to see improved.


Lugar, who has twice been rumored to be the choice for vice president, said there ought to be a more humane way of letting down those who get mentioned but are not chosen — especially if they're beaten out by someone like Spiro Agnew. McGovern, who was forced to drop Sen. Tom Eagleton, his original choice for No. 2, in favor of Sargent Shriver, said he often has wished that he had followed the example of Stevenson in 1956 and let the delegates choose the running mate.


But Adlai III said his father was bitterly disappointed that those delegates bypassed his favorite, John Kennedy, and saddled him with Estes Kefauver, his most persistent rival in the spring primaries.


There was general lamentation about the rising cost of politics. Stevenson said the entire budget for his father's 1948 campaign for governor was $157,000. McGovern said the tab for his 1972 presidential race was $32 million. "Now," said Stevenson, "the candidates will spend $1 billion this year."


Jackson complained that "we have two parties but one source of money," those who can afford to write checks — and as a result, he said, "real issues don't get debated."


But the panel cast a skeptical eye on many popular ideas for reforming the process. The idea of a national primary to shorten the campaign was rejected by McGovern and Lugar, but Anderson found scattered support for his "American Plan" for a radically altered primary calendar that would start with small-population states and end with the electoral giants.


The biggest surprise to me was McGovern's stance on the "superdelegate" issue that roiled the waters between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama this year. McGovern recalled that the "superdelegates," elected and party officials, were given a free pass into the convention in reaction to the rules his commission had drafted that opened the Democratic convention to blacks, Hispanics, women and young people.


"Tip O'Neill was beaten in his own precinct by a 20-year-old woman supporter of mine," McGovern said, arguing that the superdelegates are needed to leaven the mixture on the convention floor.


The conventions of which they spoke were much livelier affairs than those we have seen in recent years, where everything has been negotiated in advance. The new Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy will take on the challenge of trying to improve these conventions without making them even more scripted.

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Previously:

08/11/08: Rivals in Search of Trust
08/07/08: A Way Back to the High Road?
08/04/08: A Slate To Revive The Senate
07/31/08: When Congress Works
07/29/08: Management 101 for Senators
07/24/08: Obama's success abroad was pure luck
07/21/08: Obama's success abroad was pure luck
07/17/08: Governors offer real world wisdom. Obama and McCain would be wise to listen
07/14/08: Foes and allies strive to peg a shifty Obama
07/10/08: Fixing How We Go to War
07/07/08: Decider on the High Court
07/03/08: One Nation No More? Civics Needs a Boost, but Our Identity Endures
06/30/08: Dumbing Down the Presidency
06/26/08: Voting's Neglected Scandal
06/23/08: Why don't we know what makes Obama tick?
06/19/08: Foreign Policy's Best Hope
06/16/08: Perot, Back On the Charts
06/16/08: The Many Gifts of Tim Russert
06/12/08: Why Hillary played the womyn card
06/08/08: Eclipsed by the Adventures of Hillary
06/02/08: Obama in retreat
06/02/08: Reality vs. the Mythmakers
05/29/08: Hamilton Jordan's Message to Obama
05/27/08: Let the Veepstakes Begin
05/19/08: The mental exercise of placing Obama in the Oval Office requires more imagination than did moving Reagan from the silver screen to Pennsylvania Ave.
05/15/08: For Obama, a Lost Moment
05/12/08: The price of delay
05/08/08: Phoniness and inevitability
05/05/08: Winning by destruction: An insider reveals the Hillary game plan
05/01/08: Candidates' high-mindedness is rooted in religiosity; but Hillary and McCain don't have hater as inspiration


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