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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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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

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Jewish World Review May 8, 2008 3 Iyar 5768

Get ready for history in the making

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Among the many things Barack Obama said Tuesday was that the millions of people who support him "believe in the ideas of this campaign."


True, but the question is whether those voters can still believe in him.


The message lives, but the messenger is wounded, perhaps fatally. And Obama has only himself to blame.


He practically called out the divorce lawyers Tuesday, but what took him so long? How could he sit and listen to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's wackiness for 20 years and fail to see him for what he so obviously is?


Or is it true, as many suspect, that Obama did see Wright in full, but rationalized his presence in the church and the financial support he gave it as the cost of building a base in Chicago's often-radical black politics?


Either way, the fundamental doubt is not that Obama shares Wright's anti-American views. The doubt is about his judgment in sticking with Wright as the pastor for himself and his young children.


It's a doubt sharpened by the fact that ever since Wright's loopy ideas first became public nearly two months ago, Obama has defended him as a basically good man.


Many of us who saw only the taped excerpts of Wright's sermons, where he damned America and accused the government of creating AIDS to kill blacks, instantly recognized that Wright is so far out of the mainstream that Obama would be penalized by voters.


Even if he were not the first black candidate with a real shot at the presidency, Obama, a young man unknown on the national stage, carried the burden of proving his values to the millions of older voters in America's heartland.


Yet Obama, while denouncing Wright's specific remarks, repeatedly claimed the taped excerpts were taken out of context. It's now clear what a big mistake that was, one that compounds the damage of recent days.


Seeing the Full Monty of Jeremiah Wright only makes it worse for Obama. The more you know about Wright, the more you doubt Obama.


Obama conceded as much by hastily calling his press conference to limit the damage, but his sudden conversion to Wright-basher failed to put the issue to rest. Until he does, Obama will find his former pastor to be the defining issue of his campaign.


His problems with white working-class voters who are the swing voters in swing states will grow as Wright becomes more of a household name. The issue still could cost him the nomination, or the general election.


And as I have written before, it is hard to trust Obama's leadership instincts if he truly admired Jeremiah Wright. Can Obama tell friend from foe? Or is he an appeaser who always looks for accommodation? Amazingly, even Wright suggested the answer to the latter is yes.


Part of Obama's continuing political problem is that he has not been honest about his relationship with Wright.


For example, he knew Wright was trouble, which is why he rescinded an invitation to have Wright speak at his campaign launch on Feb. 10, 2007. Now we learn, according to Wright, that he and Obama prayed secretly in the basement of Illinois' Old State Capitol before Obama went outside to speak to the public that day.


Wright, literally then, was the crazy uncle Obama kept in the basement. And now he has come charging out, spewing nonsense, for all the world to see. And for voters to wonder about the candidate who tried to hide him. It's over. Barack Obama now wears the crown of inevitability. Unless he falls off a cliff, or the Rev. Jeremiah Wright pushes him, he is going to be the Democratic nominee.


His blowout victory in North Carolina catapulted him over the last and largest hurdle in his path. As the first African-American to win a major party nomination for the presidency, Obama is about to make history.


It will be his history, but not his alone. It's America's, too.


Hillary Clinton has next to no hope now. Her apparent win in Indiana, if it holds, allows her to continue if she insists, but she shouldn't kid herself - her campaign is on life support.


Her only prayer is that Obama collapses in a heap of scandal. Tuesday was her last real chance to pull an upset, but she underperformed in both states. When she wakes up this morning, the delegate count and the popular vote will be beyond her reach.


All she's left with is an argument that Obama's weak among white working-class voters. So true, and it has to concern party leaders. But Clinton is a flawed messenger for the argument because she's even weaker where it ultimately counts - overall results.


She exposes Obama's problems, but can't solve her own. That's not a case many superdelegates will find compelling.


Even if she had won both states, she would need nearly 80% of the uncommitted supers to back her. Now she needs a miracle. Ain't gonna happen.


What will happen is that the movement of supers toward Obama will grow stronger. If there's a stampede, which is possible, he has an outside chance of claiming a majority of delegates before next week's West Virginia primary.


That said, Dem leaders clamoring for a quick end to the party bloodbath can't be satisfied. Obama's repeated failures to close the deal caused doubts about his strength as a general election candidate. Nothing about last night erased those doubts.


His coalition of upper-income white liberals and first-time voters and a near-lock on the black vote traditionally has been a loser in the general election. Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore and John Kerry all lost with a version of that coalition.


Yet that's all Obama has. He remains unable to attract working-class white voters, the swing voters in swing states. Exit polls show him getting only about one in three of their votes, and that's against Clinton, not exactly a lunchbucket type herself.


Indeed, a striking image in recent weeks has been Clinton's aggressive courting of lower-income and Catholic voters. Never mind that she and hubby made $110 million in the past seven years. Suddenly, she's Rosie the Riveter working the Rust Belt.


It was a stretch, and it fell far short.


As her quest gets close to the end, Obama's challenge grows. He must keep the enthusiasm high so his coalition will stay intact while also attracting the more conservative white voters who have been immune to his charms. And that will be impossible if Wright keeps popping up like a skunk at the garden party.


Already Obama is in the danger zone. Exit polls showed an astonishing half of Clinton backers Tuesday saying they would not vote for him in the general election against John McCain. That leaves Obama no margin for error in a campaign that has a very long way to go.

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Michael Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Daily News. Comment by clicking here.


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