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December 2, 2014

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 Jan. 26, 2011 / 21 Shevat, 5771

Oh, c'mon, c'mon, Rahm-bo a victim? That's a stretch

By John Kass

John Kass


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Rahm Emanuel as a poor innocent victim of ruthless insider Chicago politics?

It seems to be the approved narrative. Especially now that he's been knocked off the mayoral ballot in Monday's ruling by the Illinois Appellate Court because he didn't meet the state's residency requirements.

Now Rahm will have to troll for sympathy, and demand that the rights of the people be respected. You know, the regular folks. Guys like the Daley boys, and big donors from New York and Hollywood.

It'll be a hard sell, Rahm as the victim, but he'll have to try. Victim status is critical to applying pressure and getting back on the ballot.

Even as the official storyline unfolded Monday, I couldn't stop picturing Rahm in a different setting.

He's wandering a corridor, anguished and alone. He smacks himself on the forehead, repeating the same line.

"Why the heck did I ever rent out the house? Why the heck did I ever rent out the house? Why the heck ..."

The rent for his house was a little less than $5,000 a month, mere chump change for a guy of Rahm's means. He made $16 million as an investment banker soon after leaving the Clinton White House.

But rent it he did, when Rahm went to Washington to serve as President Barack Obama's chief of staff. And by renting it, he made it easier to argue that he wasn't a Chicago resident.

Why the heck did you rent out your house, Rahm?

As I've said for months now, whether we like it or not, the state law is clear: A candidate for mayor of Chicago must "reside in" the city for a year prior to an election.

Rahm and his lawyers argued with passion that he intended to keep his residence in Chicago. But election lawyer Burt Odelson argued the law. And the judges agreed with Odelson.

The news excited the other major candidates.

"There is no way I would second-guess the court of appeals of this state," Carol Moseley Braun said at a news conference. "The law is the law is the law."

And what will the Illinois Supreme Court do about it? There are four Democrats and three Republicans on the court. You've got to wonder how the Democratic justices can touch this case without completely burning their impartial fingertips.

The politics are obvious. Rahm is no friend of organized labor. And despite his friendship with Obama and Bill Clinton, he's clearly not the "consensus candidate" of African-Americans. Braun claims that title.

So how do the Democrats on the state Supreme Court reverse Monday's appellate ruling and put Rahm back on the ballot to satisfy the Daleys without angering the main constituencies of the Democratic Party, namely labor and black voters?

I don't know. But since we're talking about Chicago politics and the next boss of the city, surely the justices will decide the case strictly on the merits. Right?

Another major candidate, City Clerk Miguel del Valle, told me that Monday's Appellate Court ruling sends a message long overdue.

"It sends a message to the neighborhoods of the city that Hollywood and Wall Street big shots, and the millionaires of Chicago, won't decide this mayoral election. Instead, the people of the neighborhoods will decide it," del Valle said.

The candidate who might benefit most is Gery Chico. If Rahm is kept off the ballot, Chico will likely become the establishment choice. The Daley boys will send somebody over to bring a coffeecake and make nice. And Chico will get his fundraising calls returned promptly.

"Our campaign was strong already," Chico told me. "And we're going to remain on the same plan that we were on yesterday, and it doesn't matter whether Rahm is on the ballot or not. Nobody in this race is more qualified than me to run the third-largest city in the country."

Rahm won't give up easily. He wants to be mayor. And he can't run for president someday without winning this election first. So he'll have to cast himself as a casualty of the Chicago Way.

This new Sympathetic Rahm might make some of us forget about the old Ruthless Rahm, the same guy who ran for Congress with help from an army of knuckle draggers sent from Mayor Richard Daley's City Hall.

Karma. It's a stitch.

Then there's that famous steakhouse story. Years ago, Rahm's boss Clinton had just won the White House and Rahm was a meat eater, steak knife in hand, reciting the names of a number of politicians whom Rahm considered disloyal.

"Dead! Dead! Dead!" shouted Rahm, chanting the litany of enemies, punctuating each name with a stab at the table. That pitted tabletop was testament to something Rahm and all politicians understand.

Payback is a truth of politics, elemental perhaps, but there's something primeval and honest about Rahm expressing revenge in the steakhouse. It's something I've come to admire in the Rahmfather.

So I can't see him as victim. But I can see him wandering the corridors of his campaign offices, alone, muttering:

"Why the heck did I ever rent out the house? Why the heck did I ever rent out the house? Why the heck ..."

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Previously:



12/13/10: WikiLeaks and Assange pretend there are no consequences
12/09/10: Trendy toys don't stand up to playthings of yore
10/11/10: Obama and his pals need some scarce Hopium for the next election
09/14/10: Obama gets a little bossy with tacit endorsement of Emanuel
08/18/10: Dead Meat walking, but heat to be applied again
07/28/10: No verdict, but Blagojevich trial still has its winners, losers
07/26/10: Obama's fall guy in Shirley Sherrod case is Vilsack the Pooh
07/21/10: Loathing of Steinbrenner softens after his death
07/19/10: Summertime, and the race cards are easy
06/28/10: Does Congress have the guts to fix what court gutted? Honestly, no
12/17/09: Belt-tightening presidential aspirant leaves room for Spam
09/27/09: ACORN can teach the GOP a thing or 2
09/03/09: Blago as author gets it wrong yet again 06/22/09: Obama's latest political play should shock no one
06/17/09: Presidential satire takes Hopium break
06/11/09: E-Verify works, so, of course, let's not use it
06/09/09: First Lady Macbeth's the man, so in your face, Eminem
06/02/09: Judge Sotomayor would think me most unwise
05/12/09: Parents, enjoy this time, in all its creepiness
03/18/09: Stem cell policy shift brings a sinking feeling
03/09/09: Name That Blago Book contest names its winner
03/05/09: Contest: Name Blagojevich's book
02/16/09: Dems undercut aid for U.S. workers
01/20/09: Let the carving begin on Tombstone's tomb
01/12/09: Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way
01/02/09: Jesters don't pick up the race card in a nationally televised news conference and slam it into the face of every Dem in the Senate, a palm heel strike to the tip of the nose, leaving all of them watery-eyed, their lips stinging
12/24/08: Governor waxes poetic, but Combine rolls on
12/23/08: Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man
12/18/08: Will ‘feditis’ spread to Obama and Daley?
12/15/08: Man behind curtain is wizard of Rod, Rahm

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