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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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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

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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

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

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Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

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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

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Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Jewish World Review March 6, 2008 / 29 Adar I 5768

Hillary's Winning Prescription: Take Two Saturday Night Lives and Call Jon Stewart in the morning

By Steve Young


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "It's pretty pathetic."
— Hillary Clinton, 3/3/08, describing her appearance on the Daily Show the day before the most important primary of her life.


"It's pretty pathetic."


What an opening for a pundit to slam Senator Clinton. Except that they'd be slamming a great political maneuver.


Hillary has spent a year pushing her experience; the last three months ripping into the hollowness of Barack Obama's speeches. She even sent out a surrogate to make sure everyone knew that Barack's middle name rhymed Saddam's last name. And the only thing that fortified were her unfavorable ratings. In fact, most every time she tried the tried (tired?) and true it not only blew up in her face, but it also seemed to give Obama great grist for a simple return volley that, in comparison, made her sound all the more shrill.


With Obama momentum picking up steam and Hillary's prospects doing a header, it seemed that no matter what the New York senator tossed out there fell flat.


And then...


Hel-loo Satire, with a capital S...for Self-deprecation.


It's a pretty simple prescription for Hillary's turnaround. Take two Saturday Night Lives and call Jon Stewart in the morning. A week and a half ago, Hillary Clinton's presidential aspirations and campaign were dead in the water. Today, she's back in the race. What changed? A great speech? An Obama slip?


It all comes down to satire. Saturday Night Live spoofed the Obama-Media tryst and a week later Hillary showed up on SNL to mock herself. Add to that her appearing on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on primary eve and you know that the Clinton campaign has finally gotten the message...SATIRE WORKS. Satire and humor has always been politics' secret weapon. Nixon appeared on Laugh In. Schwarzenegger kibitzed his way to a candidacy on Leno. Mike Huckabee shot into the national spotlight with visits to Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher. It's not so much a shock that satire works. The question is, why isn't it used more often?


With a bit of help from the heavily-viewed Saturday Night Live spoofing the Obama-Media tryst and a week-after followup appearance on SNL by the actual Hillary mocking herself, Clinton's actual chances of winning in Texas and Ohio, once again became an actuality.


Add that to the fact she showed up primary eve on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and you know that her campaign has finally taken political satire seriously.


And obviously, based on perfromance, she doesn't even have to be good at it.


Satire as a political tool, even as a pretty nifty weapon, has long shown its value. It reveals that the powerful wear no clothes, and since Angelina Jolie is not running for President, but Hillary and McCain are, sometimes it's not very pretty. But it works a great deal of the time. It's just that politicos never seem to let the hilarious evidence sway them from their disastrous strategy of same-same. Wikipedia, the world's most infallible authority, says that "political satire is a method of advancing political arguments where such arguments are expressly forbidden." I'm guessing the "where" they speak of is a losing political campaign.


It doesn't always work, especially when you have your opponent exercising the same. Hillary mocked Obama's speech making. Obama went one better and mocked Hillary mocking him. Or "3AM in the morning? Here's your 3AM in the morning!" Still nothing makes a point better than one that tears apart an opponent's argument with a clever pin prick - heh-heh. I wrote prick - to the funny bone.


Will Hillary's going to the satire gambit lead to an ultimate victory? Not necessarily. Time will tell. But it's already given a good last minute kick to her campaign that only a week ago pundits had said looked pretty pathetic. That is, until Hillary did the last thing you'd expect...agree.

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JWR contributor Steve Young is an award-winning TV writer and author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful". Comment by clicking here.



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