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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

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 January 31, 2008 24 Shevat 5768

Hil needs a magic moment

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Let us pause to offer a moment of sympathy for the baffled Hillary Clinton. After all, she is fighting a man who captures lightning in a bottle. How do you beat that?


As Super Tuesday approaches, that is the Clinton dilemma. Barack Obama has stirred the imagination and produced throngs of new voters she never saw coming. He has inspired not only a new generation, but an old one, too. Pooh Bahs Ted Kennedy and John Kerry have signaled that the establishment doesn't want to get left off the Obama bandwagon.


It wasn't supposed to be this way. Clinton war room preparations for 2008 envisioned humdrum primary opponents who would be the Gray Men next to her Steel Magnolia. Most would be senators, like Chris Dodd or Joe Biden, serious men but not serious contenders. John Edwards would be there, but he was damaged goods from 2004. Kooks like Dennis Kucinich would provide comic relief and further splinter the anti-Hillary vote.


She would be better known, better financed, better prepared. The lefties would go after her on the Iraq vote, but that could help define her as a centrist to the hawks.


Hubby would be her ace in the hole. He would soften the ground with a charm offensive and smooth over any mess.


According to the plan, next week is when she was scheduled to secure the nomination.


Oops, it's not gonna happen. At least not yet.


One month of voting has shattered the plan. She got rid of the Gray Men, but Obama won landslides in two of four contests, Iowa and South Carolina. Nevada was a solid victory for her, but it came after New Hampshire, which she won because she teared up and women rushed to defend her.


South Carolina was the worst. The Clintons used up their entire supply of mud and most of it ended up back on them. Bubba is tarnished as a race-baiter and the bulk of black voters are lost, perhaps forever.


Part of her problem is generational. She's 60, about the same age as the last two Presidents, and iconic images are working against her. After the Iowa loss, the stage around her looked like a wax museum. Madeleine Albright and others from her husband's administration were yesterday's leaders, not tomorrow's.


Her personal style is old-school. Just as Obama was being swallowed by the exuberant crowd after the Kennedy coronation, Clinton was giving a speech to an audience that was kept far away from her by steel barriers. She might as well wear a sign that says, "Look, Don't Touch."


Even the crux of her case, that her experience means she is ready to be President while Obama is not, is under attack. Ted Kennedy went right at it Monday, saying of Obama, "I know he's ready to be President on Day One."


Those unexpected dynamics explain why the Clintons have resorted to tactical battles, such as leaking Kennedy's endorsement before Obama could. She has tried to bring Obama down from the pedestal by nitpicking at his words about Republicans and drawing distinctions about whose health care plan is more extensive. She's willing to be a dream-deflater by saying he's peddling "false hopes" about politics.


She did it again yesterday, when I asked if she was concerned that his optimistic appeals about unity give him an advantage over her litany of programs.


"No, hope has to be made a reality in politics," she said in a telephone interview with the Daily News Editorial Board. She once again quoted Mario Cuomo's line that "you campaign in poetry and govern in prose" and added, "I've brought a lot of people into the process."


"I really believe Americans want change and experience," she said.


At least she hopes that's what Americans want. Because for now, her plan needs work.

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