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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 August 15, 2008 / 14 Menachem-Av 5768

The evolution of running mates

By Carl P. Leubsdorf


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When Barack Obama and John McCain finally choose their running mates, voters can feel sure that these two people were carefully vetted from every possible angle and, if elected, will play a real role in the next administration.


It was not always so.


Indeed, this pre-convention lull may be a good time to recall that the person who deserves credit for taking the vice presidency more seriously is one of our lesser presidents, Jimmy Carter.


It took two disastrous vice presidential selections to end the tradition of naming a running mate at the last minute, without much scrutiny.


One was Spiro Agnew, ultimately forced to resign as part of a plea bargain over charges of evading taxes on bribes from Maryland contractors.


Richard Nixon picked the Greek-American at the 1968 Republican National Convention over another ethnic candidate, Italian-American John Volpe of Massachusetts. Mr. Nixon liked the first-term Maryland governor's hard line against racial demonstrators.


A federal probe brought Mr. Agnew down in the midst of the Watergate scandal. The government moved quickly, as Mr. Nixon faced possible impeachment.


When he picked House Republican leader Gerald Ford to succeed Mr. Agnew under the 25th Amendment, Congress gave him far more scrutiny than prior vice presidents had received.


The other disastrous pick was George McGovern's 1972 choice of Thomas Eagleton. Aside from an aide's brief question about whether he had skeletons in his closet, Mr. Eagleton received no scrutiny.


Two weeks later, Bob Boyd and Clark Hoyt of Knight Newspapers reported that the Missouri senator had been hospitalized for depression and undergone electric shock treatment. Within weeks, he was forced to quit the ticket.


So when Mr. Carter neared the 1976 Democratic nomination, he asked a close friend, Atlanta lawyer Charles Kirbo, to organize a discreet process to investigate the financial and personal backgrounds of likely running mates. Mr. Carter would personally interview seven candidates, but only the three summoned to his Plains, Ga., home were serious contenders.


The interviews proved revealing.


When Mr. Carter and Sen. Walter Mondale faced reporters, the mood was relaxed, even jovial.


By contrast, Mr. Carter's interview with Sen. John Glenn went so poorly that the former Georgia governor cut it short and took the former astronaut on a tour of local landmarks, including his ancestors' graves. Their news conference showed little rapport; I recall Mr. Carter standing stone-faced while Mr. Glenn swatted at gnats.


Mr. Mondale prepared carefully for his meeting with Mr. Carter, after Dick Moe, his astute chief of staff, helped convince him to seek the spot.


Mr. Moe's interesting 2006 account in Minnesota History, reprinted in the latest Presidential Studies Quarterly, notes that both men "had thought a great deal about the potential of the vice presidency. Carter talked at length about how he saw the office as a wasted national asset. He was determined to use his vice presidency in a way no president had done previously."


And Mr. Mondale, his top aide wrote, "made it clear to Carter that he did not want to be considered if it was to be a strictly ceremonial office; he was only interested in a truly substantive role."


In their four years in office, Vice President Mondale was President Carter's top adviser.


The pattern they created has survived. Ironically, Mr. Mondale conducted the messiest vetting process when he picked Rep. Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate in 1984 without enough scrutiny of her husband's financial dealings.


The substantive roles of vice presidents have varied; the Bill Clinton-Al Gore pair came closest to the Carter-Mondale duo, while Dick Cheney gained more power the past seven years than any predecessor.


But there has been no repeat of the Agnew or Eagleton disasters. However the Obama and McCain choices play politically, neither selection is likely to prove insufficiently vetted or to lack a real role.

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