In this issue
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 Feb. 17, 2014/ 17 Adar I, 5774

Van Buren or Muskie? Hillary looks strong for 2016, but many obstacles remain

By David Shribman

JewishWorldReview.com | PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- There she is on the cover of Time magazine. And look, on that bizarre cover of The New York Times Magazine, there she is again. She’s everywhere, and the story line is pretty much the same: Hillary Clinton is a pretty good bet to be the Democratic presidential nominee. If she runs.

That’s a big “if,” but it’s hard to imagine that a woman who has been one of the most prominent members of her generation since her fabled college commencement address — a woman who has been a secretary of state, a senator from an important political state and a first lady — will decline a presidential campaign and a chance to grab the brass ring of history merely because she’s weary of travel, or that she will decline a chance to preside over the Rose Garden because she wants to cultivate her own garden in Chappaqua.

A campaign almost certainly will be even more irresistible to her because women still haven’t won their share of power in American politics. It is not only that the country never has elected a female president; it’s also that even today only a fifth of the Senate is female, and that only 30 women in history have entered the chamber through election.

But in the end — indeed, in the beginning — Ms. Clinton’s gender is very likely not going to be a principal, or even an incidental, factor in the 2016 presidential race, and not just because Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Angela Merkel have preceded her with strong performances as national leaders.

The real reason has two parts and has nothing to do with Ms. Clinton’s being a woman and everything to do with her credentials and background.

First, political figures from New York, such as Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Grover Cleveland and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, almost always are natural candidates for president, even if, like Thomas E. Dewey and Nelson Rockefeller, they do not prevail or, like Mario M. Cuomo, they decline to run.

Second, throughout our history the office of secretary of state has been a natural stepping stone for the White House. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, and James Buchanan all were secretaries of state before they became president, and a number of other secretaries of state, including Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun, Lewis Cass and Alexander M. Haig Jr., have run for president.

Of all these luminaries, only Van Buren and Ms. Clinton claim both of these launching pads before entering a presidential campaign. (Charles Evans Hughes was the GOP presidential nominee exactly a century before Ms. Clinton’s putative campaign, but the former governor of New York became secretary of state after his presidential campaign, not before.)

One thing is almost certainly not a factor: Ms. Clinton would be the third graduate of the Yale Law School to become president, but the first graduate of Wellesley College. This may be a factor, however: She has not driven a car in 18 years — since before some 2016 voters were born. This does not underline her populist credentials.

Already some Democrats worry the Clinton rush threatens to short-circuit the nomination process in favor of dynastic succession, which seems incongruous in a political party that considers itself the representative of the common people. At the same time, the phrase “Clinton fatigue” is in the air again.

Each presidential race is different — trying to graft precedents or even insights from earlier presidential campaigns is risky business, no matter how many times this typist has attempted it — but one rule does seem to apply: Presidential nominations aren’t inevitable. For proof, visit the Edmund S. Muskie Archives at Bates College in chilly Lewiston, Maine where the papers of the 38th president of the United States do not reside.

A codicil to that iron law: Sometimes presidential candidates who seem inevitable nominees still have a hard time winning the nomination.

The best recent example comes from the 1984 campaign of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, who assembled perhaps the most impressive array of endorsements in modern history only to lose the primary here in New Hampshire. “I thought I might be going through the Muskie thing again,” says James A. Johnson, a veteran of the Muskie campaign who ran the Mondale campaign. “We shifted from winning easily to grinding delegates on the last day.”

Even so, the friends of Ms. Clinton are mighty busy — and mighty visible, so much so that Republicans in New Hampshire already have concluded that, as one operative put it pointedly last week, “subtlety is not in their playbook.”

Nor in their tactical operations. This winter the super PAC Priorities USA, a vital part of the Obama political operation, began to mobilize on behalf of the woman whose candidacy it crushed eight years ago. Meanwhile, a number of groups around the country — and especially in Iowa, site of the first caucuses, and here in New Hampshire, site of the first primary, usually six days later — already are reaching out to activists and supporters.

Last month the Iowa affiliate of the Ready for Hillary organization assembled in Des Moines, and in the crowd were state party chairman Scott Brannen and veteran organizers such as Teresa Vilmain.

The New Hampshire affiliate of Ready for Hillary met shortly before the holidays with Craig Smith, a White House political director in the Clinton administration.

“We’re not the campaign and we’re not going to be the campaign, but we’re building lists and making contacts,” says Terry Shumaker, co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 campaigns here and a major figure in Ms. Clinton’s 2008 primary campaign. “There’s an amazing amount of pent up demand — to do something, to help her decide to run, to provide an outlet for people who are looking ahead to 2016.”

Ms. Clinton lost the 2008 Iowa caucuses to Mr. Obama but staged a comeback here to win the New Hampshire primary — and she capped it off with perhaps her greatest political speech. “Over the last week,” she said, “I listened to you and, in the process, I found my own voice.”

But now, about two years before the next New Hampshire primary, political professionals are waiting to hear her voice.

In the meantime, here is my maxim for our time: It can’t be over if it hasn’t even begun.


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David Shribman, a Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism, is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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