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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 4, 2012/ 9 Teves, 5772

It is to weep

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | DES MOINES, Iowa — It has been a trail of tears. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry all cried on television in the days before the Iowa caucuses.

What they did was warm, human and utterly genuine. A few years ago, we would have called them sissies.

But America has grown far too sensitive for that. Today, we look upon male lacrimation as a combination of manly sensitivity and manly courage.

Santorum seems to have done the best with his tears. He ended in a virtual for first place with Mitt Romney.

Gingrich and Perry didn’t do as well. Gingrich, as is his wont, tried a range of emotions in Iowa, including rage. He called Romney a “liar,” a word almost never uttered in political discourse — unless President Barack Obama is addressing Congress, that is. (Bob Dole bitterly called for George H.W. Bush to “stop lying about my record” in 1988, but Bush didn’t and became president.)

Lying in politics happens every day, of course. Public crying is a newer phenomenon. There used to be no crying in politics. And if there was, it could be ruinous.

In 1972, Ed Muskie appeared to shed a tear or two while defending the honor of his wife outside the offices of the Manchester Union Leader just before the New Hampshire primary.

Muskie said later it was merely melted snow, but some reporters saw it differently and the damage was done. Muskie was finished as a presidential candidate.

And it took 36 years for crying to reemerge.

When Hillary Clinton teared up in public just before the New Hampshire primary in January 2008, her campaign staff grew terrified — a female candidate had to be strong! — and she was forced to do damage control.

“I actually have emotions,” she said on CNN.

“If you get too emotional, that undercuts you,” she said on “Access Hollywood.” “A man can cry; we know that. Lots of our leaders have cried. But [for] a woman, it’s a different kind of dynamic.”

But after Clinton won New Hampshire, everybody decided her crying was a good thing. Barack Obama’s campaign decided it was the reason she won, in fact.

“Did her choking up have a positive effect among women? Did they say, ‘We are not going to run her out of the race here’?” an Obama adviser told me. “There is no other reason we can see. Every poll showed us even with Clinton with women, and then we lose women to her. There was a big gender gap that didn’t show up until yesterday.”

Clinton agreed. “Yesterday,” she said in her victory speech in New Hampshire, “I found my own voice.”

Unfortunately, her voice remained firm and steady for the rest of the race, and she lost her fight for the Democratic nomination.

Ironically, her husband had been one of the few sitting presidents to cry in public.

On June 14, 1993, Bill Clinton announced his nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in a Rose Garden ceremony. Ginsburg remained dry-eyed as she made her acceptance speech, but Clinton wiped a tear from his cheek as Ginsburg thanked her late mother.

Losing candidates often joke about crying.

When the Gerald Ford-Bob Dole ticket lost in 1976, Dole said: “Contrary to reports that I took the loss badly, I want to say that I went home last night and slept like a baby — every two hours, I woke up and cried.”

And Adlai Stevenson, who lost the presidency twice to Dwight Eisenhower, repeated a story told by Abraham Lincoln about the man who lost an election and was asked by his friends how he felt the next day. He said he felt “like a little boy who stubbed his toe in the dark. He said that he was too old to cry, but it hurt too much to laugh.”

But that was the 19th century. Today, nobody is too old or too male or too anything to cry.

Political life is but a vale of tears.

Oh yeah, one more thing: The presidential candidates and their super PACs spent more than $12.6 million just on TV ads in Iowa.

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