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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 Jan 20, 2012/ 25 Teves, 5772

A soap opera for our time

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | This hasn't been much of a presidential primary campaign, but even yellow-dog Democrats have to concede that it's a first-class soap opera. We haven't had sexy scenarios like this since Bubba was a boy.

The Republicans have pretty much put to rest the canard that only Democrats know how to have fun. Herman Cain furnished pizza with really crispy crust and Rick Santorum even brought condoms back into the conversation. Rick Perry became an Aggie joke. Newt Gingrich has given an entirely new meaning to "baggage call."

Any upright Mormon would look dull and colorless in a crowd like this one.

Michelle Obama, who was never proud of her country until it elected her husband president, now complains (without naming names) that she has been stereotyped (in a new book by a New York Times reporter) as "an angry black woman." She could learn about anger from Marianne Gingrich.

Almost any man or woman who has ever gone through the fun of a divorce knows about angry ex-spouses and thirsts for revenge, even if it's a thirst never acted on. Mrs. Gingrich-once-removed single-handedly removed her ex from the road to the White House, or at least shoved him closer to the slough of deep despond where presidential dreams and wishes go to die.

Mrs. Gingrich No. 2 questions in an interview with ABC News whether her ex has "the moral character" to be president. You hardly have to be an ex-wife to understand why. She says Newt wanted an "open marriage" so he could have the equivalent of two wives at the same time, even if one of them would be called "wife" and the other "mistress." This, she said, was after Newt admitted that he had been conducting a six-year affair with a congressional aide. She was shocked, she said, when she learned that Newt and the aide, who would turn out to be Wife No. 3, had been canoodling "in my bedroom in our apartment in Washington."

This is such steamy stuff that Newt decided it was the better part of survival, if not exactly valor, to decline to answer any questions about it from ABC News. He gave the Today Show on NBC a gallant demurral that he would "not say anything negative about Marianne." What else could a gentleman do? He sent his two daughters (by Wife No. 1) to deal with the tangled web he weaved from the day when first he practiced to deceive. "I'll let my daughters speak for it," he said. "I'm not going to comment beyond that because I'm focused on the big issues that concern the American people, which are the current challenges we have, largely because of the failure of the Obama presidency." This was exactly how Bubba talked.

And we thought it was the Mormons who dream of furnishing a little nest in an out-of-the-way place with a sufficiency of surplus wives.

Newt and his men are counting on Bubba having put to rest constituent concerns about the marital ethics and morality of men who would be president with a couple of private pastries on the side. South Carolina is a likely place to test the theory that we've all moved beyond caring. South Carolina is full of Baptists, Methodists and other evangelicals who prize the faith 'n' family Newt has been preaching about for months.

Naturally the only "ethics" anyone in the news business is talking about is whether it's "ethical" for ABC News or any other news organization to run such a story on the eve of destruction. The Drudge Report reveals that "a civil war" erupted inside the network's executive suite over the timing of the detonation of the Gingrich bomb. Any time journalists talk about "ethics" it gives everybody the creeps, but ABC News is only doing what news organizations are supposed to do -- report the news as accurately and as quickly as they can. Neither ABC nor any other news organization has a responsibility to look after the interests of a candidate or his campaign.

The only winner in all this is the luckiest man in the Grand Old Party. Who wants to ask Mitt Romney about his taxes or investments when they can go after Newt with questions about his wives and how he discards them when someone younger and healthier comes into view? Only the few feel confident asking penetrating questions about taxes, deferred income, investment credits and other arcana of high finance, but everybody is an expert on intimate matters of what the squeamish call "gender." Politics has become gendery indeed.

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