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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 August 29, 2008 / 28 Menachem-Av 5768

The Billification of Barack Obama

By Kathleen Parker

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The night was praised as a merging of the seas, as Bill and Hillary Clinton led their party in a healing ritual of unity by anointing The One.

And the Democrats did heal themselves.

And Bill Clinton did pass the baton to Barack Obama. And Hillary Rodham and her staff did comfort the disappointed. And the people hugged. And the people wept. And then both men texted their wives with the same message: "Smile, mama, it's almost over."

And Michelle and Hillary did smile.

But is it over?

Is the pope pro-choice?

Whatever the Clintons say or do, it is never — ever — for the benefit only of someone else. And it is never over.

When it comes to politics, the Clintons are twinnier than the Twin Cities where Republicans will gather next week. For their entire marriage, the two have acted as one organism, both aimed at a common goal: Survival of the Clintons.

Their performances at the Democratic convention, no matter how polished, can't suddenly be viewed outside the prism of that knowledge and our nation's experience. They are nothing if not professional pols, and both surpassed themselves.

But beneath that sea of tranquility and brotherly love being projected from Denver is a roiling mistrust.

The Obamas don't trust the Clintons — and they shouldn't. The Clintons haven't really surrendered — and they won't.

History tells us as much.

Watching Michelle Obama as the cameras panned her face during the former president's speech was to be reminded of that history. It was irresistible to wonder what she was thinking. At times unsmiling and barely clapping, she seemed unable to muster her political face. We can imagine her thinking: Remind Obi-Wan to check that baton for razor blades.

It must have been supremely difficult for her to sit and watch as the convention hall welcomed Bill Clinton by exploding into prolonged applause. Barack Obama is The One, not Bill Clinton.

But it was like old times for the former president, swaddled in adoration, marinating in the musk of his minions. Oh, the rapture, the bask. So much flesh.

For his part, Clinton did what he has spent a lifetime doing — trying to make everyone love him. All the chatter about his statesmanlike qualities in bridging the divide and healing the wounds is Kool-Aid talking. What else was he going to do? Minimize Obama's nomination by comparing him to Jesse Jackson, as he did after the South Carolina primary?

No, he's more clever than that. Instead, he praised Obama's opponent, John McCain, reminding all those disenfranchised women that they still have a choice.

"The Republicans in a few days will nominate a good man who has served our country heroically and who suffered terribly in a Vietnamese prison camp," Clinton said Wednesday night. "He loves his country every bit as much as we do. As a senator, he has shown his independence of right-wing orthodoxy on some very important issues."

But of course, Clinton supports Obama.

A few days earlier at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Clinton praised McCain's energy policy.

"Obviously, I favor Senator Obama's energy positions, and Democrats have been by and large the more forward-leaning actors," Clinton said. "But John McCain has the best record of any Republican running for president on the energy issue and on climate change. I'm very encouraged about where the presidential rhetoric is in this campaign."


Hillary, too, played her necessary role as unifier. She gave a great speech. And, yes, she moved to suspend the roll call of states and nominate Obama by acclamation. But what else was she going to do? Remind Democrats that Obama isn't ready to take that 3 a.m. call?

Patience is a virtue of age, they say, and the Clintons have learned to wait. If they can survive adultery, public humiliation and impeachment while in the White House, they can muddle through a little setback like Obama's nomination.

Obama is special, to be sure. He is unique. He is often inspiring. He also can lose.

If he does, Hillary will be ready on Day One. That is, Nov. 5, 2008. By the Clinton calendar, 2012 is just around the corner.

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