In this issue

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 Nov. 20, 2009 3 Kislev 5770

Polishing the Palin Mettle

By Suzanne Fields

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Sarah Palin arouses venom from the left like Hillary Clinton from the right. On the day after her Oprah interview, Richard Cohen in The Washington Post said it was time for "Palintolgy," punning ungallantly on the study of fossils.

In the New York Times, the television critic, writing about her appearance on Oprah, said "she still had the hunted look and defensive crouch" she demonstrated in the campaign. This is pretty much politics as usual. The dominant liberal media can't see beyond their stereotypes.

Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC put Sarah Palin's face atop several female bodies, one in a red, white and blue bikini and another in a tight black miniskirt and high heels. He decreed that "she's hot," not necessarily an insult, but he apologized for the pictures. Newsweek, which runs an Obama cover every other week, put her on the cover this week in running shorts.

Stereotypes of politicians and other celebrities are fair game and sometimes even fun. I once described Palin as the female Republican "Crocodile Dundee," who could wrestle an alligator or shoot and dress a moose and look good doing it. She quotes her father that her resignation as governor was not about "retreating," but about "reloading." Annie Oakley lives.

Beauty (and the beast) may be in the eye of the beholder, but political personalities are shaped by many forces. Palin's memoir "Going Rogue," which is what a John McCain staffer accused her of when she went off their script in talking to a reporter, is how she wants to position herself as an independent thinker, not bound by conventional notions of partisan togetherness, of party or of ideology. She likes the idea that she can duke it out within the Republican Party, not always toeing the party line.

She emphasizes "commonsense conservatism" that she says appeals to a broad spectrum of independents as well as Republicans, drawing on an appreciation of free market values and low taxes. Economic ideas were not her strong point during the campaign, when the Republican ticket never recovered from McCain's limp response to the economic downturn. Nor did she have much to say about foreign policy and was unfairly ridiculed for noting (correctly) that Alaska was close to Russia.

She talks with some ease now about increasing sanctions on Iran and raising troop levels in Afghanistan. She blames her handlers for her poor campaign interviews, but herself for rising to the bait in her interview with Katie Couric. She reckoned, correctly, that the question about which newspapers and magazines she reads was merely condescending to the imagined "Neanderthal atmosphere" of Alaska.

She had, after all, just published an op-ed piece in The New York Times. Nevertheless, her irritation showed her as a novice in the national spotlight and someone clearly not ready for the media hazing of candidates for vice president.

Today she's been granted something of another look as she tries to bring clarity to her past and clear the decks for new ideas. Her campaigning for Republican candidates next year will be closely watched, and she will no doubt accumulate useful IOUs. She will be closely watched as well for whom she turns to for advice on domestic and foreign policy issues. At the moment, she's a stronger talk show host than major political player.

But time and events will polish her mettle, or tarnish it. She needs to show how her natural affirmation of hockey moms and laborer-fathers like her husband can accomplish her goal of a revitalized America. Other public figures have overcome stereotypical derision similar to what she has endured.

Harry Truman was urged to resign no sooner than he was sworn in to make room for "somebody smart." Ronald Reagan was widely regarded by the elites as an "amiable dunce." The tea party crowds are looking for a populist leader who shows a little faith in the decency of the little people and the democratic processes, whom Andrew Jackson called "the humble members of society — the farmers, mechanics and laborers," who want the obstacles removed that keep them from realizing their abilities.

Matthew Continetti, in his book "The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star," says the time is ripe for a politician with imagination to separate the good populism of free enterprise from the bad populism of loony theories. Palin, he writes, can give voice to those millions who don't want government aggrandizing the powerful and risking fiscal imbalances but "who do want public policies that create the conditions for a general prosperity."

Sarah Palin is poised to move on. Where she goes and how she gets there will determine who follows.

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