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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 23, 2012/ 28 Teves, 5772

Perry's Death by Debate

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman exited the GOP presidential primary earlier this month, left-leaning columnists were bereft. Huntsman, after all, was the Republican most respected by non-Republicans. In December, New York Times number-crunching blogger Nate Silver laid out the case for "Jon Huntsman's Path to Victory." It turns out that path sustained itself through one state, New Hampshire, where he came in third. When he pulled out, Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote a fond farewell, in which — sometimes it's hard to let go — he floated the possibility of a 2016 run. The Atlantic's James Fallow also mourned the defeat of a truly swell Republican.

Expect few, if any, such dirges for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry, you see, never seemed embarrassed to be seen with other conservatives. When Perry entered the race in August, he seemed to present the most formidable challenge to Mitt Romney. The longest-standing governor of a job-rich state who had been elected as a state legislator, agriculture commissioner and lieutenant governor, Perry had years of political experience, years of campaign vetting and years of fundraising prowess.

Unlike Romney, who went to Stanford and Harvard, the man from Paint Creek is an Air Force veteran who grew up poor and graduated from Texas A&M University. Unlike Huntsman, Perry never acted as if he were perhaps a little too precious for GOP politics. As for appealing to voters outside the GOP tent — no problem there. Perry started his political career as a Democrat.

Yet Perry's campaign never made it out of the box. His team spent heavily in Iowa, but he came in fifth. Perry seemed to drop out of the race, only to jump back in. Then on Thursday, Perry officially withdrew and threw his support behind the undeserving Newt Gingrich.

"I think he left his campaign the way he came in, bumbling and stumbling," quipped Democratic political consultant Roger Salazar, who couldn't believe that Perry endorsed Gingrich on the same day ex-wife Marianne announced to the media that Gingrich had told her in 1999 that he wanted an "open marriage" or a divorce.

The GOP debates did in Perry. From his first debate in September at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Perry stumbled and sputtered.

In a late-September session in Orlando, Fla., Perry drew the wrath of tea party conservatives. Romney hit Perry for signing the 2001 Texas DREAM Act, which allows illegal immigrant students to pay reduced in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Perry shot back, "If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart."

It was not a politic way to make his point. Perry later apologized because he had insulted the GOP base in a gratuitous manner. (In similar fashion, Huntsman implied Republicans were stupid for not following scientists on global warming. Then Huntsman kept using the same ill-considered language.) It's too bad because Perry had a solid argument for supporting the tuition measure: It's wrong to punish young people who work hard in school for decisions their parents made.

And it's sad that Perry owned the better position but that Romney won that round. It's ironic that while so many East Coast opinionators miss Huntsman, they ignore that Perry was the governor who took heat for signing an executive order mandating that middle-school girls be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted HPV.

In his bid to play to conservative caucus voters, Perry seemed to forget his main attraction — what PolitiFact described as "phenomenal job growth over most of the time Perry has been governor." In what seemed a desperate move, his campaign tried to gin up support by flogging bygone culture wars. In a December TV spot, Perry lamented, "There's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." It didn't work.

Jon Fleischman, founder of the conservative website FlashReport, isn't laughing. "There is no doubt in my mind that of all the Republicans running," Fleischman told me, Perry "would have made the best president. He has the right mix of character, conviction, judgment, philosophy and demeanor."

Fleischman likened Perry to former President Ronald Reagan in their shared sense of humility. "Neither the genius nor the plutocrat have humility as a strong suit," Fleischman said of Gingrich and Romney.

Well, this is a campaign, not a coronation. The Republican who wants to take on President Barack Obama has to perform, has to excel, has to be electable in November — and has to win states during the GOP primary.

Perry didn't make the cut. He had won every election in which he ran from 1984 until this year, but he never won a debate.

"Oops," you might joke. But it's not that funny.

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