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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 2, 2012/ 9 Shevat, 5772

Romney's Edge: Electability

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mitt Romney's win in Florida reflects a basic fear voters have of nominating former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Despite his obvious brilliance, creative ideas, and stimulating turns of phrase, they worry that he will come across as too strident to voters and will cost the Republican Party the presidency.

Women, in particular, worry that his personal baggage may impair his ability to defeat Barack Obama in November. Instead, both genders are coming to feel that it is better not to take a chance and to vote for Mitt Romney, the more electable of the two.

Voters are right in judging that Romney would have a better chance to defeat Obama than Newt would. But they are wrong in thinking that Newt couldn't win. Either man — or even Santorum for that matter — could and would defeat Obama in November. The basic Party shift (minus 8 for Dems and plus 3 for Republicans) pre-ordains Obama's defeat. Voters should not hesitate to support the nominee they want for fear that Obama might win. But clearly, Romney would have the better shot at the president. Politicians and pundits in both parties divide between those who feel the best way to win is to rev up the base and those who want to maximize their appeal to swing voters. In the Clinton White House, I faced just such a battle with the liberals — like Leon Panetta, George Stephanopoulos, and Harold Ickes — who insisted that ideological purity and fervor were the ways to come back after the Democratic defeat of 1994.

I never agreed. The swing voter is almost always the key to victory. Obama's election in 2008 was not a product of ideological extremism. On the contrary, it was marked by a decided cover-up of ideology and a showcasing of a phony sense of moderation and bi-partisanship which were the last things on Obama's mind.

Romney can get independent voters. His former embrace of abortion sends a message to swing voters that he is open to different ideas and not a hide bound right-wing social conservative. Similarly, his support for Romneycare in Massachusetts sends a message that he will be more tolerant of modest reforms in health care like preventing insurers from cancelling policies or raising premiums for sick people or denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

Clearly, Romney will, indeed, repeal Obamacare and will appoint pro-life judges. But his past moderation gives independent voters the feeling that he understands their points of view and will moderate his pursuit of both objectives.

That, of course, is precisely Newt Gingrich's point. And Newt is right. If a voter wants to be absolutely, one hundred percent sure that a new Republican president will only appoint Clarence Thomas clones to the Supreme Court, he or she would do better to vote for Gingrich or Santorum. But could either get elected? Many voters wonder.

The safe vote is for Romney. He has the best chance of beating Obama and of wiping out his policies. The ideologically pure vote is for Santorum. And the candidate who can best energize the base and wage an aggressive head-on campaign is Gingrich.

Take your pick. Despite the negatives, these are three very, very good men.

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