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 Sept. 2, 2009 13 Elul 5769

Huckabee: No More Mr. Nice Guy

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is official: When the Republicans run against Barack Obama in 2012, there will be no more Mr. Nice Guy.

Mike Huckabee was that guy last time around. When he ran for the Republican nomination in 2008, he was amiable and affable. He even told jokes.

Though he had served as governor of Arkansas for more than eight years, he would tell audiences, "A Republican in my state feels about as out of place as Michael Vick at the Westminster dog show."

When, at a campaign speech in West Des Moines, Iowa, in August 2007, a cell phone began ringing in the audience, Huckabee said, "If that is Dick Cheney asking me to go on a duck hunt, I am not here."

Huckabee had a message that he repeated over and over: "I am a conservative, but I am not mad at anybody."

Maybe he should have been. Though officially he came in second, he didn't get anywhere near the nomination, winning 12 percent of the delegates to John McCain's 66 percent. (Mitt Romney came in third, with 9 percent.)

The Republicans had a terrible general election, but Huckabee, who turned 54 last week, has been smart enough to notice that his party has gone quickly from despair and disillusionment to a new emotion: anger.

He also has noticed that it doesn't take much to energize the hard-core Republican base these days. Sarah Palin did it with two words: death panels.

As Sam Stein of The Huffington Post reported, Huckabee said on his radio show last week that under President Obama's health care plan, Ted Kennedy would have been told to "go home to take pain pills and die."

ABC's George Stephanopoulos called this a "hand grenade" and said Huckabee was demonstrating that he was not going to be "outmaneuvered" by Palin when it came to courting conservatives.

Ed Kilgore of The New Republic wrote, "This despicable rant should disqualify Mike Huckabee from any further liberal sympathy, no matter how much he tries to joke or rock-n-roll his way back into mainstream acceptability."

But Huckabee (who plays bass guitar in a rock-and-roll band called Capitol Offense) is probably not thinking too much about mainstream acceptability these days. Winning the Republican nomination by winning hard-core conservatives — the kind who vote in primaries — is very much on his mind.

So Huckabee doesn't just oppose Obama on health care or make jokes about it. Huckabee says that "Lenin and Stalin would love this stuff" when it comes to Obama's "health care rationing." Huckabee also says: "The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics may be dead, but a Union of American Socialist Republics is being born."

Huckabee's early poll numbers have been swell. In July, a Washington Post-ABC poll of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents showed Huckabee leading the Republican pack with 26 percent, Romney with 21 percent and Palin with 19 percent.

Gallup polled the same group in July, and though the results were different, there was still a bunch-up among the top three: Romney with 26 percent, Palin with 21 percent and Huckabee with 19 percent.

"However," Gallup noted, "Huckabee's numbers among all Americans look better by comparison." When favorability and unfavorability were measured, Huckabee had a plus-19 favorable score, Romney had a plus-8 and Palin had a minus-2.

Gallup warned that polls taken this early cannot be expected to predict who the eventual nominee will be, but to "the extent Palin, Romney and Huckabee can capitalize on their higher name recognition than that of their possible challengers to raise money and build strong campaign organizations, they will be formidable contenders should they decide to pursue the 2012 Republican presidential nomination."

I asked Greg Mueller, a political consultant who specializes in conservative candidates, about the new tough talk we are seeing from Huckabee and others.

"Huckabee is being a fighting Republican, and this is a good position to be in as you try to position for 2012," Mueller said. He also said that Republican contenders have seen the anger at the recent town halls and recognize it as an opportunity.

"There is a coalition to be tapped of Republicans, independents, reawakened Perot voters and center-right Democrats," Mueller said. "Dare I say it? It is the Reagan coalition and, before that, the Nixon coalition."

Mueller said this coalition is looking for someone who will stand up and "fight in an energetic fashion."

"Obama is pandering too much to our enemies abroad and breaking records for government spending at home," Mueller said. He said the message conservatives want to hear is: "A strong America abroad and a strong America at home."

"We want somebody who will energize with a broad vision," Mueller said. "We don't want somebody who will try to wonk his way to victory."

The run-up to 2012 is already beginning. And red meat is definitely on the menu.

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