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December 2, 2014

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 Jan 25, 2012/ 1 Shevat, 5772

No quick KO in GOP fight

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A seesaw campaign?

Everybody was expecting a quick knockout in the GOP nominating contest this year. After a year of debating, it appeared Mitt Romney would sweep the table after winning New Hampshire and seeming to win Iowa. Now people are looking to see if Newt Gingrich can KO Romney by winning Florida after his stunning upset in South Carolina.

But, as in a boxing bout where everyone is looking for a big punch and a quick end, this fight might frustrate everyone and go the distance. Not to a brokered convention. That won't happen. The winner-take-all rules the Republican National Committee imposed on primaries and caucuses held after April 1 militate against that outcome. But it will be a seesaw primary battle, with one candidate the seeming winner only to watch his rival come storming back.

If Gingrich wins in Florida, look for Romney to win Nevada (one-third Mormon) and Michigan (where his father was governor). Then look for Newt to make it competitive again. And don't count out Rick Santorum. With Gingrich and Romney throwing punches at each other, Santorum — the odd man out — will look better and better, as he did in the debate Monday night. One cannot even count out Ron Paul, much as I would like to do so, because he will show strong in caucus states, where the intensity of his support from young voters will be in evidence.

Why the seesaw quality to the process?

Almost all voters agree about almost everything about almost all the candidates. They just assess the facts differently:


  • Most agree that Romney offers the best chance to attract independent voters.

  • Most believe that Gingrich would do the better job of summoning passion and debating Obama.

  • Voters largely think that Santorum is the most conservative and worry that Romney might flip-flop back to centrism.

  • Everyone agrees that Newt is the brightest and most experienced, although many believe he is ethically challenged.

  • No one discounts the possibility of a Gingrich implosion where some creative idea would pop into his head and come out his mouth without proper consideration.


So, with a virtual consensus on the facts, voters just differ in their interpretation of them. So, with each primary night, a kind of buyer's remorse is likely to set in. After each Romney win, voters will worry that he will flip-flop and wonder if his looks and charm have not blinded them to the reality of his past centrism. And after Gingrich wins a state, voters will ask themselves if they have just handed the election to Obama by nominating a loose cannon.

Even the inveterate supporters of either candidate have to admit to their private worries.

And Santorum? Voters will wonder if he will be so far to the right that he can't win the election. Is he too young and inexperienced? And who is he, anyway?

In 1980, Democratic primary voters disliked both candidates: Teddy Kennedy and President Carter. When one won a primary, the other would suddenly look good. When Kennedy won, memories of Chappaquiddick would surface. After each Carter win, voters recalled his ineptitude and weakness.

Now, most voters like all three candidates, and they shuttle among them not out of antipathy, but out of fear that their horse might not be the one to beat Obama. Republicans and independents are so desperate to defeat the current administration that they are hesitant to take a chance, and worried about their nominee.

This hesitation will make for a maddening process and no quick knockouts. But at some point the music will stop and the candidate without a seat will lose this political game of musical chairs.

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