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December 2, 2014

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 May 23, 2014 / 23 Iyar, 5774

A tomorrow without a Clinton

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | These are not happy times for Hillary Clinton. Nor Bubba, either. They got a wake-up call Tuesday that was less a call than a fire bell in the night. Neither has slept a wink since.

The fire bell is not about Hillary's fragile health or even, at the moment, about what she did - and more important, didn't do - as the secretary of state. It's far more serious than that. The Clinton mojo isn't working.

This is two in a row on the losing end of selected congressional races. Bubba still has the impish smile, the ingratiating cock of the head, the schoolmaster's bony index finger stabbing the air to punctuate his talking points, the calculating eyes that sent some women into a swoon and other women looking for a place to hide. None of that was working on this election night.

The disappointment in Pennsylvania follows the Democratic debacle in Florida, where a Republican lobbyist from Washington defeated a Democratic golden girl, who two years earlier had come within a whisker of being elected governor. She collected millions for her congressional race and her opponent collected thousands. Bubba raced in with robo-calls just in time to crack open the champagne. Only the champagne turned out to be beer, and it was flat.

Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, mostly of Philadelphia suburbs, seemed ready-made for swooning at the feet of Bubba and the lady. Swooning at the sight of a Democrat is what the district's voters regularly do on cue, and Marjorie Margolies, a liberal's liberal, was attempting a comeback 20 years after she was bounced out of the seat. Name recognition was out of sight and she led in the early polls by a ton and a half.

Enter Bubba and Hillary, with television commercials urging Pennsylvanians to do the right thing and send Mrs. Margolies back to Washington. Bubba made robo-calls with the usual boilerplate blah-blah, reprised from the Florida failure, about the need to send someone to Washington who would dutifully eat her organic vegetables, do good and work "across the aisle." Voters heard the seductive good-ol'-boy accent in their very own telephones.



Brendan Boyle, a 37-year-old representative in the Pennsylvania legislature - not even a state senator - was hopelessly outclassed. The Clintons moved in to take credit for the kill. Hillary even held a fund-raiser for Mrs. Margolies, not in Pennsylvania, but in Manhattan. Bubba and the lady with the lamp (and a good aim) had moved uptown.

There was even a heartwarming element of family values at play. Mrs. Margolies is Chelsea Clinton's mother-in-law. Mothers-in-law are not always popular anywhere, but the mother-in-law vote is important everywhere, because nearly everybody has one. Bubba owed this mother-in-law big time. She cast the crucial vote to pass his first budget in 1993, the one that established him as the usual big-time Democratic spender. She paid for it, big time. She was promptly voted out of office.

Mrs. Margolies, no doubt heeding advice from the Clintons, cast herself as a Hillary clone, a foreshadowing of good things to come. She even came to sound like Hillary, talking about the importance of electing more women to Congress, of her post-political career working for an organization called Women's Campaign International, and there was soft talk about the ineffable sadness of the burden of a front-runner.

Her campaign became a remembrance of things past, a test of the appeal of nostalgia for the Clinton White House and whether old times there are not forgotten. One television commercial featured film not of Mrs. Margolies but of Bubba's rally touting her. The Pennsylvania voters were learning anew that everything is about the Clintons, every time and all the time. The campaign was a coming attraction of an epic to come to a theater near you.

But the thrill was gone. Brendan Boyle did not merely defeat her, but destroyed her, winning by 14 points. Bubba and Hillary couldn't even make it close. After a brief concession speech, Mrs. Margolies turned to her pollster and whispered sadly, "it's a shock."

Indeed it was. This was not a general election, with thousands of hostile Republicans passing judgment on a Democratic candidate, but Democrats passing judgment on the most popular Democrat alive. It was a warning that nostalgia, which can be fun, nevertheless has its limits.

It might even have been a warning that voters beyond the Pennsylvania 12thcongressional district are "thinking about tomorrow," and tomorrow might not include a Clinton.

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