In this issue

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 Nov. 15, 2010 / 8 Kislev, 5771

President Foot-in-Mouth? Don't rule it out

By Jack Kelly


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Will the next president of the United States be Joe Biden? That's not the way to bet, of course. But it isn't as unlikely as you might think.

It remains to be seen whether what happened Nov. 2 will be an episode, as 1994 and 1946 turned out to be, or the beginning of a political realignment, as the 1930 midterm election was.

Because they fear it might be the beginning of realignment, many Democrats do not want President Barack Obama to run for re-election. Arguably the most important of the reasons for the debacle was the defection from the Democrats of working class whites who'd voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries. If Mr. Obama is at the top of the ticket in 2012, they are unlikely to return.

Mr. Obama may prefer not to seek re-election. The gossip from supposed insiders is that he doesn't like the job very much (it involves more work than he's used to). If he thinks Americans are insufficiently appreciative of his genius, he could return to Chicago to a sinecure at a local university, a book contract, lecture fees. and the more leisurely schedule he evidently prefers.

That would avert the Democrats' worst nightmare, a bruising primary battle. (Even before this election, 47 percent of Democrats said in an AP poll they'd like to have Mr. Obama challenged in the primaries.) Whoever won the nomination likely would lose the general election, though the damage would be greater if Mr. Obama prevailed.

Mr. Obama almost certainly would prevail, unless he were challenged by Hillary Clinton. But it would be awkward for the Secretary of State to take on her boss. A primary would pit her against black voters, the most loyal Democrats. And Ms. Clinton doubtless remembers that Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass, then the most popular Democrat, was unable to beat the unpopular President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 primaries.

If Mr. Obama decides not to run again, Democrats would be spared fratricide. But should he make that decision, he is unlikely to make it public, lest he become the most crippled of lame ducks. With Republicans in control of the House, and surviving Democrats in Congress resentful, he'll have difficulty enough maintaining a semblance of authority.

So Barack Obama will still be president, and that is a problem for Democrats. The man likened on inauguration day to Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt is now compared to Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon.

How much of a problem depends on how Mr. Obama behaves. If he heeds the voice of the voters, the problem will be minimized. But if he digs in his heels and resists to the bitter end modification of the policies voters in the midterms found so repugnant, the problem will be exacerbated.

Alas for Democrats, Mr. Obama has enormous difficulty admitting error.

Legislative initiative rests with Republicans. Democrats in Congress will be forced into one awkward vote after another.

Worse, Republicans will have subpoena power. They'll be able to look into shady doings a compliant news media have ignored, and Democrats in Congress have covered up.

If Mr. Obama signals privately he won't seek re-election, Democrats will suffer through this in relative silence. But if he's determined to run for another term, more drastic measures may be taken.

Democrats have laughed at "birthers," but if there is evidence Mr. Obama was born outside the United States, it will be Democrats who produce it. The revelation would make Mr. Obama go away, without tainting the party. Alas for Democrats, there is no evidence Mr. Obama was born anywhere except Hawaii.

Failing that, if Mr. Obama could be forced to resign as a result of a personal scandal, or one restricted to Chicago Democrats (who everybody knows are corrupt), damage to the Democratic brand nationally would be minimal.

That would make the vice president president. Mr. Biden is a buffoon. No one would expect him to seek the presidential nomination in 2012. The heir apparent would be his likely replacement as vice president, Hillary Clinton.

This is mere speculation, of course. But if you see journalists who ignored him in 2008 taking a sudden interest in Tony Rezko (the convicted Chicago influence peddler who helped Mr. Obama get his house at a substantial discount), you'll know the game is afoot.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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