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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 Feb 22, 2012/ 29 Shevat, 5772

Why Romney remains vulnerable

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The consensus among pundits two weeks ago was that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, having clobbered former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Jan. 31, was (yet again) the "inevitable" Republican nominee for president. Now they are saying that if Mr. Romney loses the Michigan primary next Tuesday (Feb. 28), it could be curtains.

"If Romney loses Michigan, we need a new candidate," ABC's Jonathan Karl said he was told by a "prominent Republican senator."

Mr. Romney shouldn't lose in Michigan. He grew up there, where his father was a popular governor, and where he won, comfortably, the presidential primary in 2008. But polls show him trailing former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Two weeks ago, Rick Santorum was for most pundits a non-factor. A sweep of caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and a beauty contest primary in Missouri Feb. 7 turned that around. Mr. Santorum had a 10 point lead in Gallup's national tracking poll Monday. He had substantial leads in polls in Washington state, which votes March 3, and in Ohio and Oklahoma, which vote March 6.

But Mr. Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and businessman Herman Cain all once had big leads in national polls. Mr. Santorum may be just the latest Not Romney to soar like an eagle, then plummet like a stone. Mr. Romney's huge bankroll, large and experienced staff, and numerous endorsements ultimately will bring him victory in Michigan, most pundits think.

But if the dogs won't eat the dog food, it doesn't matter much how much you spend to advertise it. The success, however ephemeral, of so many Not Romneys suggests Mr. Romney has a problem that money, organization and endorsements may not overcome.

Mr. Romney has been the frontrunner chiefly because Republicans care more about nominating a candidate who can defeat Barack Obama than about nominating a candidate who more closely reflects their views. Many in Iowa, New Hampshire and Florida who think Mr. Romney is insufficiently conservative voted for him anyway because he did much better in head to head matchups with Mr. Obama than did Mr. Gingrich, Gov. Perry, or Mr. Cain.

But there is now no statistical difference between Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum in head to head matchups with the president.

The other factor buoying Mr. Romney has been the grave weaknesses of the earlier Not Romneys. Mr. Gingrich has more baggage than Amtrak. Gov. Perry convinced most who watched his first few debates that he was a moron. Mr. Cain knows nothing about foreign policy, and, apparently, has a wandering eye for the ladies. Compared to these flaws, Mr. Romney's dullness, flip-flops, and Romneycare in Massachusetts don't seem so bad.

Rick Santorum was written off originally because when he ran for re-election to the Senate in 2006, he got clobbered by Bob Casey, who has since given new meaning to the term "nondescript." But an electoral defeat is not a character flaw.

The new knock is that the emphasis Mr. Santorum, a devout Catholic, places on social issues is an electoral disaster. The "prominent Republican senator" to whom Mr. Karl spoke thinks he'd lose 35 states.

Au contraire, notes Jeff Bell, an architect of the Reagan revolution. When social issues are emphasized, Republicans usually win. That's because social conservatism is a response to liberal aggression, and is especially appealing to blue collar workers in the swing states of the Midwest, which are more socially than economically conservative, Mr. Bell argues in his new book, "The Case for Polarized Politics."

And whether or not you agree with Mr. Santorum on abortion or gay marriage, it's clear he's saying what he believes, which isn't so clear about Mr. Romney, Mr. Gingrich, or Mr. Obama.

Mr. Romney thinks he can succeed, as he did in Florida, by pounding away at his opponent. But Rick Santorum is not Newt Gingrich.

Mr. Romney is running ads in Michigan accusing Mr. Santorum of being insufficiently conservative. That's an implausible charge to make against a guy whose lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union is 88 percent, and it's hypocritical for Mr. Romney to make it.

Mr. Romney is vulnerable because he has yet to make a compelling case for his own candidacy. By failing to understand this, he is squandering the advantage his massive war chest gives him. Rick Santorum is not yet the frontrunner. But soon he may be.

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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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