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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Nov. 5, 2010 28 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

In 2012, Could Dean Beat Obama?

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama sounded humble, almost meek Wednesday at his news conference. "No one party will be able to dictate where we go from here," he said. "We must find common ground."

Howard Dean took a somewhat different tone on the phone with me the same day. "If Republicans think were going to slow the growth of Medicare and Medicaid and give tax cuts to those making a million dollars a year, we will wrap that around their necks and beat the hell out of them in 2012."

Finding common ground with Republicans vs. strangling and beating the hell out of Republicans. Which one do you think an angry and dispirited Democratic Party might go for?

Both men were thinking about 2012, and Obama's people have long been thinking — grimly — about Howard Dean.

Some of the most influential members of Team Obama do not like or trust Dean and have long feared he would challenge Obama for the presidency if only given an opportunity.

Voters gave him that opportunity Tuesday, when Democrats got "shellacked" — Obama's term — in the House and lost seats in the Senate.

In his news conference, Obama mentioned the first midterm elections that Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton had faced. Both went badly for the incumbent presidents.

"Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were standing at this podium two years into their presidency getting very similar questions," Obama said.

He did not say what everyone knew: Two years later, both men were re-elected to the presidency. There were many reasons for that, but a critical one often gets overlooked: Neither faced any real challenge within his own party.

Reagan faced perennial candidate Harold Stassen, and Clinton faced political exotic Lyndon LaRouche. But the Clinton White House was extremely worried that Jesse Jackson would run in the primaries. Clinton looked somewhat vulnerable: There was Whitewater, Hillary Clinton's commodities trading, Travelgate, Troopergate and Paula Jones. The labor unions were still furious over NAFTA, and many African-Americans had not forgiven Clinton for his treatment of Lani Guinier, a black woman whose nomination he had withdrawn for assistant attorney general for civil rights.

Team Clinton, especially Harold Ickes and Rahm Emanuel, worked hard, using both carrots and sticks, to keep Jackson out. (For a full account, see my article in the Feb. 24, 1997, New Republic, "Primary care: how Bill sandbagged Jesse.")

While today it looks impossible that anyone would challenge Obama, in politics you have to prepare for the impossible. Russ Feingold (the Wisconsin senator who lost his re-election bid Tuesday) has been mentioned, but denies interest. Michael Bloomberg's name is sure to come up, but the New York mayor has no real base outside the New York press corps.

Howard Dean is different. He has run for president before — albeit briefly — which is not essential but can be very helpful. He is still a hero to many young people for his pioneering use of the Internet as a political tool. Most importantly, he appeals to the liberals for his dramatic challenge to Democrats to stop being wimps and rolling over for George W. Bush.

Dean said in 2003 he represented "the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," a call that might sound appealing now to liberals who fear Obama will compromise even further with Republicans. And Dean, a doctor, was a champion of the health care public option, which Obama abandoned.

But the big issue is compromise. Obama actually wants to get things done. Which means he has to compromise with Republicans, which means he has to risk angering and losing his liberal base. That makes him vulnerable to attack from the left, which is where Dean now stands.

Could Dean really beat Obama? Probably not. But incumbent presidents forced to fend off real primary challenges get beat up and weakened. (Jimmy Carter, who had to fend off Ted Kennedy in 1980, then lost to Ronald Reagan.)

And Dean has no reason to like the Obama White House. He was denied a Cabinet position he felt he deserved. Republicans got seats in the Obama Cabinet, but the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee did not.

I spoke to Dean Wednesday morning by phone. He said he had foreseen the loss of the House but had kept his mouth shut because he "didn't want to make headlines." But the loss of the House is, he said, "to some extent a referendum on Obama."

Would Dean challenge Obama in 2012? "Nobody is going to beat him (for the nomination) in 2012," Dean said. "All that would do is weaken the president."

But, Dean added, "If you want to reform Washington, you can't have a staff that's all from Washington."

And what's more, he said, "there has to be a fundamental change in the way business is done in Washington. We have to do that if we want independent and even some Republican support."

Team Obama is keeping an eye on Howard Dean. They know a thing or two about impossible campaigns.

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