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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

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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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Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

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 June 16, 2005 / 9 Sivan, 5765

The Paranoid Style: Next to conspiracists like Dick Durbin, Howard Dean looks sentient.

By Bob Tyrrell


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The American media — whether consciously or unconsciously — believe in the "winning side." Always their journalists find themselves on it. The facts of almost every story matter only ephemerally. What matters most is that the whole bovine community of scribes ends up on the winning side.

Perhaps in the aftermath of the Michael Jackson trial you have noticed how the journalists have retreated from the pandemic sneer they had adopted toward Jackson when his case went to the jury. The sneer has been replaced with general sympathy for the nincompoop. Of a sudden he is the wronged celeb; and yes, the journalists admit, the media were among the many forces that wronged "Michael." Once again these journalists have found the winning side.

Then there is the case of Dr. Howard Dean. Have you noticed the growing consternation amongst Democrats and members of the media that the new chairman of the Democratic Party is "a problem"? The "feistiness" that won him admiration en route to the 2004 Iowa caucus is now causing such Democrats as Sen. Joe Biden and former Sen. John Edwards to "distance" themselves from him. As things appear to me in this news cycle, the journalists are instinctively moving to the consensus that the winning side is going to be "Sayonara, Dr. Dean." If he bows out, the media will again be vindicated. Once again their journalists somehow sensed that they knew best.

The line will be that this wild man lost touch with his party whose members are not in sympathy with calling Republicans "brain dead," "corrupt," "evil" and "liars" who never did "an honest day's work" in their lives. Yet has he really lost touch with his party? Are there many activists or even party leaders who disagree with his contemptuous description of Republicans? Not long ago the most popular of the likely candidates for the party's 2008 presidential nomination, the newly moderate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, described the Bush administration as "intent on abusing power, destroying the United States Senate and undermining our Constitution." She has had several such outbursts of late.

I actually know Dr. Dean quite well. Throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century, I did a weekly television show with him for PBS out of Montreal called "The Editors." He was cocky and combative, but never inordinately so. Nor was he a political extremist. He was what is traditionally called a "Democratic regular." Perplexed that this seemingly moderate Democrat is about to be booted by the media from the winning side, I recently called fellow panel members on the show and they agreed with my estimate. One said that there was always a "strain of extreme grabby language about the other team," apt to blurt from Dean's mouth. He might accuse a panelist — usually me — of intoning "right-wing tripe" or "right-wing extremism," but within the bounds of acceptable discourse and never overdone. Said my fellow panelist, "the spirit and the heart of 'The Editors' was lively but thoughtful — the best of public conversation."

Dr. Howard Dean would not have been invited back if he were obnoxious. Admittedly I find his vituperation today obnoxious, but knowing him, I can tell you it is not a sign that he is a wild man. He is a skilled politician talking to his party's activists, and this "raw meat" is just what his activists want. The term "raw meat" was Spiro Agnew's for his rhetorical flourishes that pleased the Republican activists of the late 1960s.

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The activists are by nature excitable and actually in need of excitement. Dean understands them. So on behalf of my colleagues who served with him on "The Editors," lay off Dr. Dean. He is not a nut. The paranoiacs in the Democratic Party are those who talk of a "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy" to a general audience of American television watchers. They are the Democratic leaders who accuse journalists of playing "into the service of the right wing," as Democratic minority leader Richard Durbin recently did when he chastised the press for reporting Dr. Dean's outbursts. Sen. Durbin went on, "I think we understand what's happening with you all [the journalists]. The right wing has got the agenda moving. You've bought into it. You can't let up on it. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves."

Now that is another example of what in American history is called The Paranoid Style. It seems to afflict many leaders of the Democratic Party, first the Clintons, now Sen. Durbin. By comparison with them, Dr. Dean is a perfectly sensible chairman of his party.

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