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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 Dec. 8, 2008 / 11 Kislev 5769

The rise of the ‘other’ Bush

By Kathryn Lopez

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Email this article | As it happens, I'm in the mood to defend the Bush who's about to leave office. But that's for a future column. Right now, my attention is on the Bush who has been out of office for a few years. The president's younger brother, Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, is living a successful life as a private citizen and policy wonk, working primarily on education reform. But just after Thanksgiving, Florida's Republican senator, Mel Martinez, announced that he will not be running for re-election in 2010. And with that news, we learned the future of Jeb Bush.

Mind you, if the world were a different place, I might be writing you in two years explaining what a great presidential candidate Jeb Bush would be for the Republicans. But judging by today's political climate, that option seems far-fetched. Is that fair? Not really. Not only was Jeb Bush one of the most conservative governors — the kind with real executive skill whom the GOP should be looking toward for leadership — but one of the best, period.

And though the Oval Office may be out of sight for Jeb, that's OK. Right now, our ailing government needs a good man from Florida to head to Washington and shake things up. Bush clearly has his eye on Martinez's seat, and nearly every Florida wag I've talked to says that he would win it easily. "I think he'd really add a lot to the debate in Congress," one admirer and longtime Washington aide told me upon returning from Florida this week. The comment gelled with everything I had been hearing from sources close to Bush and politicos in the state.

Running against the Washington establishment has been a resonant campaign strategy this year. Mitt Romney didn't win the Republican presidential nomination, but gained traction during the primary campaign with his claims that Washington is broken. Barack Obama — even though he was a U.S. senator at the time — did something similar. John McCain — even though he's been a creature of the capital for decades — followed suit. Radio-talk-show host Sean Hannity echoes the sentiment daily. People aren't happy with Washington.

The Senate probably epitomizes the problem; fairly or unfairly, since my days as an intern on Capitol Hill, I've never liked the Senate. In contrast, there's something feisty and idealistic about the House, where, on its best days, ideas get generated, debated, tried and tested. You have Young Turks who may not hold power, but who can form alliances, refocus attention in important ways and make some headway where leadership never could or would on its own. The Senate, on the other hand, sits in a morass of deliberation. In place of the House's boldness, there lurks a cloying, clubby atmosphere, and the rank musk of ambition run amok. How would Jeb shake up Washington? Well, for one thing, he wouldn't be running for president in two or any number of years.

And though his name might suggest the past, he is very much part of what the Republican Party needs right now. He's got a record of conservative governance in a big state under some tough conditions, as well as some experience under the national spotlight. One politico close to the former governor calls him downright "inspiring" in private and in public in the wake of the current GOP loss.

"We can't be Democrat Lite. We can't just 'get along,'" Bush said in a recent interview. "We have to actually be proposing solutions to what appear to be intractable problems as it relates to education, health care, infrastructure. Across the board, there are ways that we can show that we are truly on the side of the people and that we are concerned about the future of the country, without abandoning our principles."

Of course, having been in Florida a few times this fall, I keep telling fellow Northeasterners that I probably wouldn't ever want to leave the Sunshine State if I were a resident there. And that's a real consideration for Bush's future prospects. One think-tank conservative in Florida told me of Bush: "I think he'd make a formidable candidate, but I also think that he and — especially — his wife, Columba, enjoy living in South Florida, more or less out of the spotlight. I also think that he enjoys working in the private sector while also continuing his quest to reform education. He was very much in his element last June during the national 'Education Summit' that the James Madison Institute and Mr. Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education co-sponsored."

But Bush may also have been in his element because he loves policy and effecting change. He loves leading. And, making clear that he is taking the Senate run seriously, he obviously sees an opportunity and an opening for the Bush who will probably never be president, but may end up in Washington anyway. Run, Jeb, run, I'd say.

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