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 Dec. 11, 2009 24 Kislev 5770

The Roguish Success of Sarah Palin

By Suzanne Fields

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The good news for George W. Bush is that the haters have just about worn out the object of their contempt. The Bush years have been remaindered to the old-news bin. The good news for Sarah Palin is that she's the designated heir.

Good news not only because Palin is laughing all the way to the bank, if not necessarily all the way to Campaign '12, but her popularity with average Americans is growing. She may be the only author in America who can get book buyers to line up by the thousands, sometimes in a cold rain, for a few seconds face to face while she autographs "Going Rogue."

Her book has sold 2 million copies, and even if a lot of those books are heavily discounted from the list price of $28.99, that's still enough to buy a lot of mooseburgers. "Going Rogue" has outsold the much-ballyhooed biography of Teddy Kennedy (even though his death gave sales a nice kick start) and even Mitch Albom, the storyteller who usually outsells everybody.

Her appearance on "Oprah" gave many of the diva's regular viewers, unaccustomed to anything not resembling tapioca, a severe case of heartburn. Not Oprah. The ratings for the show were among the highest ever. Nobody, including the former governor, pretends "Going Rogue" is literature for the ages, but it's no worse — and a lot better — than many a politician's memoirs.

To fair-minded critics and political analysts, Sarah Palin is remarkable. She may be a shooting star in a sky otherwise empty of shooting stars, but my, what a bright light the lady makes.

Some of the sound accompanying the light is the noise of grinding liberal teeth, which alone is reward enough for conservatives. And this week, just as the polling numbers of Barack Obama continued to fall, her approval numbers continued to climb. The president, says Gallup, has fallen to 47 percent approval; 46 percent approve of the lady from Alaska.

With considerably more than a thousand days to go before the next presidential election, such numbers are important only as fodder for conversation, but it's the conversation that Washington loves most. She teased the curiosity of the capital again with the news that she's adding public appearances in Iowa. Only to sell books, of course. Everybody who visits Iowa in the dead of winter is not necessarily on the way to the White House, but it is true that the road to the White House begins in Iowa.

The stridency and intensity of the continuing attacks on Palin strike some — not necessarily Sarah Palin herself — as evidence that gender is an obstacle unique to women in politics. She shares this obstacle with Hillary Clinton, writes Leslie Sanchez, a Republican campaign strategist, in her new book on women in politics, "You've Come a Long Way, Maybe."

"While women have come a long way since the dawn of the modern feminist movement, women seeking public office share a daunting task," she writes. Well, maybe. But men share "daunting tasks," too. She cites the usual complaint that the Palin campaign coverage started with harmless commentary about her good looks and devolved quickly "into running commentary on her clothing, intelligence, marital status and career home-building act."

It's true that Palin endured unusual media hostility, but media hostility is a Republican birthright for both male and female. Besides, politics is daunting for everyone in the arena. You could ask Bill Clinton, whose private life and public shame became the stuff of caricature, or George W. Bush, who was mocked for nearly everything he said and a lot he did. Soon you probably can ask Barack Obama how it was that even a messiah couldn't get immunity from raillery and ridicule.

In the Sanchez account, both Hillary Clinton and Palin had to recast themselves to please different constituencies. "Some women identified with Sarah Palin because she seemed like a small-town girl, wife and mother. Others vilified her because she is a pro-life, practicing Christian who supports gun rights. Older women identified with Hillary Clinton but by focusing her campaign so heavily on experience, she failed to forge a connection with younger women."

But what makes Palin particularly attractive to many Americans, male and female, is that she hasn't invoked the convenient feminist excuse. She revels in the obvious good looks that attract the eye of men, and many women — who after all pay a lot of attention to looks, clothes and "home-building acts" themselves — delight in her roguish success. She makes it all look like serious fun.

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