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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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 June 20, 2006 / 24 Sivan, 5766

Moonbats as kingmakers

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Hillary Clinton was booed and John Kerry applauded at a major meeting of self-styled "progressives" last week. I suspect both were pleased with the responses.

Sen. Clinton was booed because she said it wasn't a good idea to set a firm deadline for withdrawal from Iraq. Sen. Kerry was applauded for repudiating his vote to authorize the war. Both were speaking at the "Take Back America" conference in Washington D.C. June 12-14, sponsored by the Campaign for America's Future. It and a gathering of liberal Web loggers in Las Vegas June 8-11 illustrated the widening gap between the political center and the Democratic party's loudest voices.

An unwelcome, for Democrats, by product of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law is the increased importance of very liberal activists. That law sharply restricted contributions to political parties from fat cats. Democrats were far more dependent upon such contributions than Republicans were.

So those who can mobilize many small contributions through the internet, like Marcos Moulitsas Zuniga (Daily Kos), are the new kingmakers.

What the Kossacks want above all is for America to get out of Iraq. The centrality of this passion is illustrated by their effort to purge from office Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), whose only deviation from liberal orthodoxy is his support for an American victory in Iraq.

Calls for withdrawal have taken on urgency since the U.S. Air Force interrupted a meeting being held by Abu Musab al Zarqawi in a safe house near Baquba June 7. We can still lose if we withdraw quickly, Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) in effect said on the weekend talk shows.

Most Americans do not share this perverse passion. A majority thinks it was a mistake to go to war in Iraq, opinion polls indicate. But a majority thinks it would be a bigger mistake to leave precipitously.

Elected Democrats know this. Sen. Kerry promised at the "Take Back America" conference to introduce a resolution calling for withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end of the year. It got just six votes when the Senate voted on it June 15. In the House the next day, 42 Democrats joined 214 Republicans in opposing a fixed deadline for withdrawal.

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Hillary Clinton is a prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, so she can position herself for the general election. The booing she received at the Take Back America conference could be her "Sister Souljah" moment.

Sister Souljah was a particularly obnoxious black racist who her husband criticized before a black audience during his 1992 campaign for president, thus endearing himself to moderates. By putting some distance between herself and the moonbats, Sen. Clinton burnishes her own credentials with centrists.

But though Ms. Clinton's nomination is likely, it is by no means assured. While the moonbats fume about her (mostly rhetorical) deviations from the left-liberal line, more moderate Democrats fret about her electability.

Ms. Clinton does not poll well, especially when paired against GOP moderates such as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) or former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Though she has a famous name and a ton of money, she lacks her husband's political skills, and just isn't very likable.

History indicates this could be a problem. The last northern Democrat to be elected president was John F. Kennedy in 1960. He was likeable. But he still wouldn't have won without some creative vote counting in Chicago and Texas.

Sen. Clinton has a tough tightrope to walk. She cannot embrace the moonbats without harming, probably fatally, her prospects in the general election. But she cannot afford to offend them more, lest they coalesce around a candidate strong enough to beat her for the nomination.

That isn't John Kerry. But if Al Gore were to enter the fray, the moonbats would rally to him, and he has enough heft either to win the nomination outright, or to open the door for another, by destroying the aura of inevitability about Hillary.

Meanwhile, by driving the party ever leftward, "progressives" are reducing the value of the nomination for whoever ultimately wins it. The last Democrat to run on a platform calling for American defeat was George McGovern in 1972. He lost 49 states.

The only Democrat besides Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton to be elected president since 1960 was Jimmy Carter, who was an obscure former governor of Georgia until he won the Iowa caucuses in 1976.

Mr. Carter had basically camped out in Iowa for the two years previous, and bested bigger national names there. Interestingly, another southerner, former North Carolina senator John Edwards, currently is leading the polling in Iowa.

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