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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 March 2, 2012/ 8 Adar, 5772

Santorum Needs Stronger Stomach

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Let me begin with a bold prediction: Rick Santorum will soon slide into obscurity or become a talk-show host, which sometimes is the same thing.

He has done reasonably well by not being Mitt Romney, but not being somebody else can get you only so far.

Eventually voters want you to be somebody, even if only yourself, and that is where Santorum blows it.

Take Tuesday, when he lost the popular vote in the Michigan primary to Romney. In his non-concession/concession speech, Santorum said, "My message of creating jobs resonated" in Michigan.

And I'll bet you he wishes today that jobs actually had been his message. But it wasn't.

Instead his message was about Satan and how churches ought to be able to shape government policy and how people who wanted to send their kids to college were snobs.

And more. If you were out of work in Michigan and your unemployment benefits were about to run out, did you really want to hear Rick Santorum tell you how John F. Kennedy makes him want to "throw up"?

Because that would solve your problems, right? That would cover your mortgage and your car payments, right?

Which is the problem with Santorum basing his campaign on social issues and appeals to the religious right. It doesn't give anybody hope for a job or make anybody less fearful of losing a job.

If you are in the middle class and just barely hanging on and wondering how you are going to pay for your kids' college (snob!), let alone your own retirement, do you really want to hear Santorum tell you how he is against birth control?

Who cares? Let him not use all the birth control he wants to not use. But how does that help you?

Mitt Romney is far from a perfect candidate. And, again, if you were fearful of losing your paycheck, you really didn't warm very much to Mitt talking about his bicoastal Cadillacs and his friends, the multimillionaire NASCAR team owners.

But Mitt was essentially correct when he said: "You know, I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am."

When Al Gore ran his highly underrated 2000 campaign (which managed to end up with 500,000 more popular votes than his opponent), he was constantly accused of not being "comfortable in his own skin."

You don't hear that about Romney. He is comfortable in his own skin. It is very, very wealthy skin, but he is not going around apologizing for it.

(There are two other candidates still in the race, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, but they are there mainly as scenery.)

Rick Santorum can be forgiven for getting his message wrong. He has been listening to the media. And reading all the stories about how the religious right is a hugely powerful force within the Republican Party and if it would coalesce around just one candidate, that candidate could smash Mitt Romney.

Baloney.

As I have said before, the influence of the religious right is vastly overrated. Within the Republican Party, where you would expect it to have its most influence, it has not gotten its nominee for decades.

The religious right hated John McCain, who did little to disguise his disdain for it; it opposed George W. Bush, who refused to back an anti-abortion amendment to the Constitution; it hated Bob Dole, who refused even to read the anti-abortion plank of the Republican platform; and George H.W. Bush was anathema to the religious right because he once referred to ultra-conservatives as the "extra-chromosome set."

In fact, the religious right has not gotten the nominee it has wanted since Ronald Reagan, who was so religious he attended church approximately once in his eight years in office.

True, Santorum was not exactly crushed by Romney in Michigan. Romney won by about 3 percentage points. But as Romney said Tuesday night, "We didn't win by a lot, but we won by enough."

Which is exactly right. Even if Romney ends up splitting Michigan's delegates with Santorum, it doesn't matter. This race, no matter what you hear, is not going to get down to a delegate race. It will be wrapped up before the Tampa convention, not at the Tampa convention.

The Republican "field" (i.e., Romney and Santorum) now heads into Super Tuesday next week, when the media will concentrate largely on Ohio.

Ohio has many of the same problems as Michigan, though Ohio neighbors Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania and Santorum currently leads the polls in Ohio.

Still, if I were him, I would change my game plan. I would concentrate on jobs, jobs, jobs, and not Satan, snobbism or the delicate state of my stomach.

T

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