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December 2, 2014

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

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 May 14, 2008 / 9 Iyar 5768

Campaigns don't signal destruction for the Democratic party

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Please — stop the whining. Quit all this nonsense about how Hillary Clinton is doing irreparable damage to her party's prospects in November. Forget about polls that claim to show her bitter supporters will never vote for Barack Obama or that in the inconceivable event she were to win the nomination, Obama's elitists would return the favor.

Here are five reasons why the Democratic contest, even at this late date, is far from being a self-defeating slog.

• Geography. Beyond the question of who decided Iowa and New Hampshire should be the political arbiters of American politics, Hillary's unending quest has put states as far apart as North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho and Oregon into play.

Republicans in Texas scarcely got a peek at John McCain leading up to the March 4 primary in the Lone Star State. More than two months later, Obama and Clinton were still glad-handing and vying for every available vote in West Virginia.

• Time. Economists recognize something called the time value of money — the idea that, all things being equal, it is better to have something now rather than later. That certainly holds true for candidates, who clearly would rather wrap up a nomination early, as McCain did.

But the passage of time adds value for voters, allowing them to see and consider different issues and different facets of the candidates. McCain largely campaigned and triumphed on his national security credentials and Iraq war policy. Those have been issues in the Democratic race as well. But so have health care, taxes, economics, trade and a slew of other issues that barely surfaced before the short GOP contest was over.

Obama has evolved from being a candidate of platitudes — “We are the ones we've been waiting for” — to a sharper pitchman for change. And Clinton has transformed herself from the heir apparent of the Democratic establishment to the heroine of the have-nots.

• Money. Locked in a nomination fight, Obama raised $41 million in March, while Clinton raised about $20 million. McCain only raised about $15 million in March. Sure, that may mean McCain still has an untapped reservoir of GOP donors. But Democrats have a proven and growing source of donors, small and large, who are willing to give and give again.

• Organization. In each state in which Obama and Clinton have battled for votes and raised money, they've also invested in grassroots organizations, voter registration and outreach to women, blacks, Hispanics, young people, blue collar workers. Of the 3.5 million new voters who have registered to participate in this year's primaries, the overwhelming majority is voting Democratic. Regardless of who wins the nomination, those voters aren't going away.

• Buyer's Remorse. Democrats have had more occasion than Republicans in recent decades to select relatively unknown and untested candidates for president. That has led to Election Day results ranging from the merely disappointing (Al Gore, John Kerry) to the politically disastrous (George McGovern, Jimmy Carter in 1980, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis).

The long and competitive contest between Obama and Clinton may have been unseemly at times, but it has also vetted both Democratic presidential hopefuls in a way that the sprint for GOP delegates did not. Few people who voted on Super Tuesday had heard of Jeremiah Wright. Obama's weaknesses and the contours of the GOP campaign against him are far clearer than they would have been if the Democratic race had ended two months ago.

The lack of competitively driven scrutiny, however, leaves the national electorate with plenty of unknowns about John McCain — the latest example being Cindy McCain's refusal to disclose her tax returns. And with the media focused on the Democrats, there's been little opportunity for him to develop a campaign narrative.

Hillary's relentlessness is destroying the Democratic Party? Hardly. The tough, four-month-long fight to lead the Democratic ticket is exactly the kind of primary contest that best serves the nation, one that Republicans ought to envy and that Democrats insufficiently appreciate.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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