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 August 5, 2009 15 Menachem-Av 5769

The untold story of the 2008 election

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson have just written “The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election.” It is a riveting account, combining big-picture analysis, important revelations and intriguing anecdotes.

Johnson is the author of 14 books and the winner of a Pulitzer Prize. Balz is the lead political writer for The Washington Post and, as editor of my college newspaper, had the foresight to give me my first byline.

I interviewed them over the weekend, a few days before the official publication of their book.

Me: One of the most explosive parts of your book deals with Ted Kennedy and how he endorsed Barack Obama, in part, because he believed that Bill and Hillary Clinton “were misrepresenting things for racial reasons.”

Balz: It bothered Kennedy immensely. What attracted Kennedy to Obama was Kennedy’s belief that Obama could transcend race, that his message was not racially based and America could move forward on the racial divide.

But Kennedy believed the racial stuff [raised by the Clinton campaign] was getting cranked up in a way that was destructive and harmful to whoever was the nominee, that Obama would get characterized as the “black candidate” and that it could cost the Democrats the election.

Also, in a phone conversation with Bill Clinton, Kennedy believed Bill “trashed” Obama in a way that greatly disturbed Kennedy.

Me: How did Bill Clinton go from being “America’s first black president” to being, at least in the view of some, a racially divisive figure?

Balz: I think he just got out of control. Part of it was understandable: This is a husband campaigning for his wife. He felt so strongly about her that he literally was prepared to do anything he could to help her get elected. His judgment got clouded by that. In his defense, there is nothing in Bill Clinton’s history that would suggest he would do anything that would divide the races. But it clearly hurt him; it cost him a lot.

Me: If Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had switched staffs, would Hillary have won?

Balz: She might have won. There is no question that the Obama team outperformed the Clinton team. But even if Hillary had had the Obama team, she still would have had her vote on the Iraq war.

Me: Haynes, you won your Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for your coverage of the civil rights movement in Selma, Ala. How crucial a factor was race in the 2008 campaign?

Johnson: Race is still the dominant factor in American life. It is always there. Barack Obama was the most unlikely candidate for president ever in American history due to his lack of experience and his marginal record, and then you add in the factor of race. I look back on it with awe that Obama made it. He maneuvered through the process. He didn’t court race, but he gave a great speech in Philadelphia about race.

Me: But didn’t the comments of his then-pastor, Jeremiah Wright, force Obama to make that speech?

Johnson: I don’t think Obama would have given the speech had it not been for Rev. Wright. The Wright thing forced Obama to give an eloquent and incredibly important speech. Wright, in the end, helped Obama. But it almost destroyed him. He had to face race publicly. He had to speak to a new generation of Americans and reach a different kind of America that cuts across all the racial lines.

Me: Some have said that had Obama been white, he never would have gotten the nomination.

Johnson: I think that is exactly right. Had he just been a brilliant, articulate white man running for office after two years after being in the U.S. Senate, he would have gotten nowhere.

The fact he was black, the fact of his background, the fact of his name, the fact of his eloquence, the fact he could touch chords that wanted to be touched, it all added up to him being right for the time. Had he not been black, he would not have made it to the presidency.

Me: You guys write that John McCain most likely would have pledged to serve only one term had Joe Lieberman been his running mate.

Balz: They talked to Lieberman about it, and Lieberman was quite happy to pledge to serve just one term!

Me: It is hard to imagine the Republican convention agreeing to put Joe Lieberman, a pro-choice Democrat, on the ticket.

Balz: It was a little divorced from reality. But the campaign was looking for a way to say to people: John McCain is an exceptional kind of politician. He is prepared to do what is best for the country and take a guy who is a Democrat onto the ticket. And we are going to try to find the best solutions for the country and serve only one term and then we are gone.

Me: So what happened?

Balz: Bill McInturff [McCain’s lead pollster] said: “Are you guys crazy?” And that killed it.

Me: Enter Sarah Palin. A net plus or a net minus?

Balz: Selecting Palin was a political risk they should not have taken. They did not appreciate that she was not ready for the rigors of a national campaign. There were things about Palin that were very impressive, like her connectivity with voters, particularly the Republican base. But the McCain campaign miscalculated Palin’s ability to reach beyond the base.

Me: Can Palin get the Republican nomination in 2012?

Balz: It seems pretty unlikely. Since the campaign, she has not done anything to make herself a more attractive candidate in 2012.

Me: Can Hillary Clinton run in 2016? She’d be 69.

Balz: Probably. But age will be a factor.

Me: What is one thing we have learned from the results of 2008?

Johnson: I think we have witnessed and are witnessing one of the great stories in our history. There is a sense of enormous pride in this country. Even for those who did not vote for Obama, people are proud we elected him. But the danger is that we are still a terribly polarized nation. There is a reservoir of goodwill in this country. But how long will it last?

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