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 May 28, 2008 / 23 Iyar 5768

Hillary's last hope

By Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker
Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The question we keep hearing is: Why does Hillary keep running? The better question is: Why do people keep asking?

She's running because, despite evidence and warnings to the contrary, she still hopes to win.

Hubris is an equal-opportunity affliction.

But perhaps there's more than hubris at work here. On the one hand, yes, there is a sense of entitlement. The presidency is her due, not only for enduring public humiliations with which all are familiar, but also for smiling benignly through countless Bubba-fetes.

A Wellesley grad with a Yale law degree didn't study her heart out and give a nationally recognized college commencement address to spend her life attending endless barbecues in her husband's shadow.

Moreover, Hillary sincerely can't fathom that the American people might actually elect a man who, though charming, isn't half-ready to lead on Day One. She, after all, was already first lady of Arkansas when "Barry O'Bomber" was still shooting hoops at Punahou High School.

By 1992 when she was en route to becoming first lady of the United States, he was — well, OK — he was just out of Harvard Law School and working Chicago's streets to register 100,000 minority voters. And, OK, so maybe some of those newly registered voters might have helped put Bill and Hillary Clinton in the White House. Still. Didn't anybody ever teach that young whippersnapper that ladies go first?

One can imagine that some of these thoughts are behind Hillary's determined race for what now seems a fading dream. But there's also a sharply honed political instinct at work, a deep brain understanding that anything can happen — and with the Clintons, it often does.

And, no, that's not a wink at the terrible suggestion that some tragedy might befall Barack Obama. By now, everyone's heard about Hillary's chilling, if mischaracterized, remark to a South Dakota newspaper's editorial board that Robert Kennedy was killed in June — as justification for her continued run.

Meaning that politics aren't always decided according to a fixed calendar. Her husband's nomination wasn't wrapped up until June 1992 after he won the California primary, she also said, even though that's not true. As veteran presidential reporter Carl Cannon notes on his Reader's Digest blog, Clinton effectively wrapped up his nomination in March. But Kennedy, obviously, was still a contender in June, when he was murdered.

Hillary should have expressed herself differently — we all have our days — but she clearly wasn't invoking assassination as a campaign strategy. She was suggesting that the race is not over yet. Not only are there three remaining primaries, but the rules committee of the Democratic National Committee meets this weekend to decide whether to seat delegates from Florida and Michigan.

Undoubtedly, Hillary hopes that if delegates from those states are seated at the convention, her popular vote lead could convince superdelegates that she's the more electable candidate against John McCain.

Could anything still happen? That's the operative question, especially when the 30-member rules committee is divided between Clinton and Obama supporters. And especially given that some of those members could have possible conflicts of interest.

Harold Ickes — former assistant chief of staff in the Clinton White House — is a paid adviser to the Clinton campaign, for instance. As a committee member, Ickes originally voted to strip delegates from Florida and Michigan for holding early primaries. Now he argues that the delegates should be seated. His first vote was as a committee member, he has said. His position now presumably is as a Clinton adviser.

Which persona will prevail this weekend?

Likewise, committee member Eric Kleinfeld's law firm — Ryan, Phillips, Utrecht & MacKinnon — is general counsel for the Clinton campaign. Federal Election Commission reports show payments from the Clinton campaign to both Ickes and Kleinfeld's law firm. Records show that Ickes' voter databank company, Catalist, has been paid by both the Clinton and Obama campaigns.

Conflicts of interest are commonplace in Washington, but the stakes this time are supremely high for Hillary.

In a letter to the New York Daily News published Sunday, Hillary said that she's still running "because my parents did not raise me to be a quitter."

What she didn't say is, why should she quit? Because her former subjects want her to? Lest some have forgotten, the queen does as the queen wishes.

Let them eat grits.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

JWR contributor Kathleen Parker can be reached by clicking here.

Kathleen Parker Archives

© 2008, WPWG