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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 July 27, 2011 / 25 Tamuz, 5771

An overture of candidates' theme songs

By Michael Smerconish



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Why is there always such poor advance work when it comes to presidential candidates and theme songs?

Every four years, it seems, someone uses a song without getting the necessary clearance. You'd think politicians would learn from their predecessors' mistakes.

Three decades ago, Bruce Springsteen didn't want Ronald Reagan using "Born in the U.S.A." And last week, Tom Petty told Michele Bachmann to stop using "American Girl." She should have known better, given that in 2000, Petty objected to George W. Bush's use of "I Won't Back Down." (After which Bush began relying on John Mellencamp and Sting, only to have both of them ask him to back off.)

Thankfully for FDR, no one complained when he used "Happy Days Are Here Again." And while beloved Phillies announcer Harry Kalas never ran for president, he wasn't the only one to have a fondness for "High Hopes." Frank Sinatra belted it out in a political context, to the benefit of JFK.

In 1992, Bill Clinton relied on Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop." Four years later, Bob Dole had a pretty lame retort — a tailor-made version of "Soul Man" reworked as "Dole Man," and he, too, was asked to stop using it because writers Isaac Hayes and David Porter never gave permission. In 2008, John McCain used ABBA's "Take a Chance on Me" while his running mate, Sarah Palin, relied on Heart's "Barracuda" but, here again, was asked not to by the Wilson sisters.

I don't know what explains all the poor planning when it comes to campaigns and music. But I have a solution. To alleviate any confusion in the 2012 cycle, I think it's best for a neutral party — me — to assign songs to the candidates (with a hat tip to my Twitter followers for their suggestions).

Barack Obama: The night he was elected, he walked on stage to Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," but now it's about re-election. Easy. Having inherited two wars and a poor economy, he has an obvious choice: "We Didn't Start the Fire," by Billy Joel. Or "Any Colour You Like," from the epic Pink Floyd album "The Dark Side of the Moon."

Mitt Romney: The GOP front-runner has a tough choice. Given his various positions on abortion and gay rights, he can go with either Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" or David Bowie's "Changes."

Sarah Palin: C'mon, let's face it. The race will get interesting when she dukes it out with Michele Bachmann. So put the needle down on Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever."

Rick Santorum: Playing for the conservative base and touting his Catholic, pro-life bona fides, he has an obvious number: the Doobie Brothers' cover of "Jesus Is Just Alright."

Herman Cain: The former president and chief executive officer of the legendary pizza chain has a built-in psych piece: The "Godfather" theme.

Newt Gingrich: A tougher choice. Seals and Crofts' "Diamond Girl" or maybe Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

Tim Pawlenty: For the most ill-defined in the field, "Who Are You," by The Who.

Ron Paul: It's not hard to picture Paul — tagged "Dr. No" by his congressional colleagues for his unwillingness to stray from his literal interpretation of the Constitution — as the "renegade" who cut his hair and favors suits in Huey Lewis and the News' "Hip to Be Square."

Jon Huntsman: Given that polls suggest that more than 20 percent of the country remains unwilling to vote for a Mormon, Huntsman should stick with "Losing My Religion," by R.E.M.

Michele Bachmann: Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World." Not ringing any bells? Well, after Bachmann's mix-up of Concord, N.H./Concord, Mass., and the John Wayne vs. John Wayne Gacy case of mistaken identity, the opening lyrics seem appropriate: "Don't know much about history, don't know much biology."

Donald Trump: He ended his bid, but I was ready — Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty."

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Previously:


06/28/11 Where's the app for common sense?
06/02/11 Over-scrutinizing lives costs us potential leaders
04/19/11 Taking a chance to say, ‘Hi’
04/06/11 Race policies should be altered to reflect new demographic reality
11/10/10 Delaware's independent, but short-lived, voice
11/03/10 Papers should leave endorsing to others
10/21/10 Media help to hype perception of bullying
09/23/10 Officer down, killer hyped up
08/04/10 Documents highlight Pakistan's shortcomings as a U.S. ally
07/06/10 On taking back Sept. 11
06/29/10 Name elite corps to develop energy independence?
04/21/10 New account reinforces a serviceman's valor
03/11/10 Medical profession must police itself better
02/18/10 One-trick athletes
02/09/10 Active, retired law officers should be able to carry guns on planes to help stop terrorists
02/04/10 How to bring tech up to speed
01/28/10 Campaign donations must be fully and immediately disclosed online
01/07/10 The flying emperor still has no clothes, and no one is willing to say so
12/24/09 A law to mandate college football playoffs?
12/17/09 Cheney's abuse of freedom of speech
11/26/09 The true cost of freedom from anxiety
10/27/09 If GOP wants to win in 2012, it must reshape its primary process
10/08/09 It's time to get smarter on extended school day
09/03/09 What a summer of eulogizing flawed public figures reveals about society
08/12/09 It's time for cyclists and motorists to reconcile
08/05/09 Faces have changed, but vitriol remains
06/25/09 Fair comment or foul? Warm up the Muzzle Meter
06/08/09 Believability is key in crime-hoax villains
05/14/09 Did Hollywood inspire the meltdown men?
04/20/09 Let's give killers their due: Anonymity
03/12/09 Uninsured who can't afford medical care lose a lot more
02/06/09 My debate with Musharraf on hunt for bin Laden
01/29/09 Torture must remain an option
01/15/09 Making a case for suing Madoff
12/22/08 A difficult but rational chat about ‘plans’
12/17/08 Facebook epidemic: More than 120 million have joined, many too old for this nonsense
12/01/08 The high price of downsizing the news biz
11/14/08 Prescience on greed, arrogance of a system
09/29/08 Closer look at party lines
08/26/08 Obama's pick creates GOP opportunity
08/21/08 Fishing with the Angry Everyman
07/31/08 The perils of e-mail: Ponder, then click
05/22/08 Two very different sides of the Internet
02/12/08 Sublimely ridiculous suits
11/28/08 Cell phones cut out secondary circle of kinship
09/26/07 What do we owe those who have died in Iraq?
08/30/07 A Navy SEAL's gut-wrenching tale of survival
07/30/07 First it was a faux pas, now it's a new word


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