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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

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 January 14, 2008 7 Shevat 5768

Women trivialize politics by rushing to Clinton in the tracks of her tears

By Michael Goodwin

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Even as it is being digested on its way to becoming conventional wisdom, the emerging narrative of the New Hampshire Democratic primary offers a profoundly distressing scenario. Hillary Clinton apparently was rewarded with a crucial victory for that teary moment in a diner.

Forget her intelligence, her long career, her hard work, her positions and even the quality of her opponents. None of that mattered after the briefest sign of waterworks. Instantly, large numbers of female voters seemed to have put aside their reservations and rushed to support her.

It is a breathtaking development in the glorious history of women's fight for equality. The first woman with a real shot at being President of the United States rides a wave of tears to a victory. The arsenal of democracy has a new weapon. Will Iran be scared of us now?

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and the other suffragettes must be smoldering in their graves. This is what they fought for?

The moment also is ominous for the presidential campaign. With women making up 57% of the Democratic electorate so far, Barack Obama faces a daunting challenge: how to combat Clinton without handing her victory on a sympathy vote. She can, as she has, accuse him of peddling false hopes and even of making America more vulnerable to a terror attack, but the minute he responds, she'll be the victim. If she cries again — and why shouldn't she? — he'll be a cad.

As if her being married to a former President isn't enough complexity, the incident adds another riddle to Clinton's historic campaign. Whether her tears were real or scripted is almost beside the point. What matters is that her comeback victory, where she erased a huge deficit in 24 hours, stems from how women responded to her display of emotion.

The diner moment was the only significant event of the day before votes were cast. Overnight, it turned what even Clinton's campaign saw as a large Obama victory into a win for her.

Predictions that Obama would win by double digits are cited by some as proof of the racism of white voters who lied to pollsters when they said they would vote for the black candidate. No doubt that has happened, but the evidence in New Hampshire points to a different but equally troubling phenomenon of gender solidarity.

Many reticent women voted for her because Clinton's out-of-character display persuaded them she is authentic and real.

Some analysts also believe the sudden embrace of Clinton was prompted not so much by the event itself as by repetitive media coverage of it, which included ridicule by permanent nemesis Rush Limbaugh and other men.

Whatever, the result was dramatic. Only five days earlier in Iowa, Obama got 35% of the female vote, against Clinton's 30%. In New Hampshire, Clinton got 46% of the female vote, against his 34%. Although the surveys were not exact copies, the difference in voting patterns is stark enough to be reliable.

That crying carried the day for her is more than bizarre. She has always been proud of her poise under fire, opening a November debate by saying "This pantsuit — it's asbestos tonight." Her Senate career has been about showing toughness in a time of war. Her vote for the Iraq invasion, her request to be on the prized Armed Services Committee and her recent vote to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization suggest a desire to be seen as one of the boys on security issues. But at crunch time, when her career was on the line, her tears counted most.

Of course, if men candidates cry under stress, they're toast. Just ask President Edmund Muskie. The Maine senator blubbered his way out of the 1972 race after blistering attacks by a New Hampshire newspaper on him and his wife.

But tears are back. Think how many professional women have cried secretly in the office rest room or into their pillows at night. What a waste, and not very effective.

If she's elected, Clinton can hardly be blamed if she calls on her new weapon from time to time, but she better use it with discretion. It could work if Congress resists her health care plan, but the real test would come in a faceoff with, say, Vladimir Putin. He would see it as proof of our weakness, so that might be the time for her to bite her lip and run to the rest room.

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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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