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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

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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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

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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

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Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review April 2, 2007 / 14 Nissan, 5767

Gore's hot air turning green?

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Insight magazine reports that Al Gore is contemplating running for president...as the nominee of the Green Party.

"Sources close to Gore said Ralph Nader has sought to recruit the former vice president," said Insight. "They said Gore has not rejected the offer and was consulting with family and friends to determine the feasibility of such a candidacy."

Mr. Gore currently vies with John Edwards for third in polls of the preferences of Democratic voters, which is pretty good for someone who is not a declared candidate.

But Mr. Gore, says Insight, "is said to have concluded he stands no chance of beating Hillary (Clinton) for the Democratic nomination. But sources close to Gore said the former vice president believes that he could present himself as a genuine liberal in any general election that would include Clinton."

Her recent purchase of the endorsement of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (he endorsed Ms. Clinton after she agreed to pay his campaign debts) suggests that if this is Mr. Gore's calculation, it's probably correct. The grotesquely front-loaded primary schedule means the nominations in both parties will be decided by money and influence with party insiders. The Clintons have plenty of both.

Insight magazine isn't the most reliable of sources, and I'm skeptical. The odds against a minor party candidate being elected are astronomical. (The only one who was competitive was Teddy Roosevelt in 1912, and he was a former president.)

For Mr. Gore to run as a Green, his animosity towards the Clintons would have to be so great that he wouldn't care that his candidacy likely would lead to a Republican victory. And Mr. Gore can't have that many warm, fuzzy feelings for Mr. Nader, whose 97,000 votes in Florida in 2000 is what kept Mr. Gore from being elected president then.

But there is little love lost between Mr. Gore and the Clintons, and if you're living in a fantasy world (as Mr. Gore largely has been since his shattering defeat), there are reasons to convince yourself you could win as a third party candidate, or accomplish something important even if you didn't.

The first is that Teddy Roosevelt did pretty well. He finished second in both the popular vote and the electoral college. If he runs, Mr. Gore would be the best known minor party candidate since Mr. Roosevelt.

The second is that Ms. Clinton is a likely loser in the general election, whether Mr. Gore runs or not. Nearly half those surveyed in a recent Rasmussen poll said they'd definitely vote against Hillary, and she trails former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. John McCain, and even actor Fred Thompson, an undeclared candidate, in head to head matchups. The scrutiny a presidential campaign will bring to her considerable baggage is unlikely to improve those numbers.

So if you have an ego as large as Mr. Gore's, it wouldn't be hard to convince yourself that you are the liberals' best chance to win the White House in 2008.

The third is that Mr. Gore plainly is a believer in the gospel of Global Warming.

There is no more bully a pulpit from which to preach it than a presidential campaign. If his environmental crusade is more important to him than his political party (which is now largely in the hands of Clinton loyalists anyway), this would be a good reason to run.

Another factor could be the noises that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, both Republicans (nominally), have made about independent candidacies. The 2008 election could be the most fragmented since the election of 1824, in which there were four major candidates, and the winner was chosen by the House of Representatives.

Mr. Bloomberg is unlikely to run if the GOP nominates either Sen. McCain or Mr. Giuliani, and Sen. Hagel's presidential prospects reside entirely within his own imagination. But if the billionaire Mr. Bloomberg should team up with Mr. Gore, there would be no shortage of funds for a Green crusade.

Insight magazine said Mr. Gore will "quietly test the waters" in a series of polls over the next few months. But he has a lot of time.

By front loading their primaries, Democrats and Republicans have put their eventual nominees at a potentially serious disadvantage. Both candidates likely will be known by Feb. 5, when a de facto national primary will be held, and will be "old news" by May.

Mr. Gore could wait until after Feb. 5 to see whether Americans are content with the choices the Democrats and Republicans have given them, or would like another. And if he were to announce his candidacy then, he would be all the buzz going into the traditional campaign season.

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