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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 March 5 , 2012/ 11 Adar, 5772

Do conservatives want a victory or a statement?

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Electability seems to have poked its ugly head into the race for the Republican presidential nomination and given the most-likely-to-succeed in this tedious exercise a permanent boost barring a total collapse next Tuesday.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's narrow victory in Michigan and big win in Arizona came at the expense of Rick Santorum, who has got to be considered a cipher when it comes to electability. Romney picked up the votes of women and those who are moderately conservative, and, of course, the Republicans who actually want to recapture the White House and not just make an ideological statement.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, has spent his political life trying to tell other people about being a good Christian, which is code for believing as he does. That means following his prescription on women's rights: no birth control, no pregnancy termination under any circumstance, including risk to the mother's life or a fetus' hideous malformation. It means barriers against immigration and a litany of positions on social issues, perhaps even doing away with the separation of church and state. Color that a theocracy.

In other words, Santorum's idea for the presidential mansion seemingly would be a clearinghouse for national morals as defined by the dogma that he has lived by most of his own life. That may be good for like-minded folk, but hardly the stuff for political victory in a broad-based electorate in the 21st century.

The votes that Romney got in his birth state as well as in always-conservative Arizona clearly answered the question of who is best suited in this current crop of candidates to run against President Barack Obama in November. While Romney is often inept and far from exciting, most Republicans are coming to the conclusion that he is their only hope.

Next week is Super Tuesday, with Ohio's primary the most important for Romney. If he were once again to show a lack of stamina by losing this historically vital state for Republicans, all bets are off. It hardly seems likely that would occur.

Even the most traditionally "conservative" Republicans — and by that I mean on vital issues such as the economy, immigration, foreign policy, spending and defense — are expressing private concern that no one in the GOP field can appeal to the independents needed to unseat Obama. Still they would find it far more comfortable with Romney than anyone else available at the moment, including Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

If Romney had lost Michigan, it would be easy to imagine an all-out effort among politically savvy party leaders to convince a more promising possibility to declare before the national party gathering in Tampa, Fla. in August for a brokered convention. That possibility now is far less likely. A Romney loss in Ohio, however, might regenerate efforts in that direction.

There are 437 delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday. Georgia leads with 76, Ohio, 66 and Tennessee, 58. Gingrich, badly trailing, is looking toward Georgia, his home state, for salvation. But the probability of that giving him the boost necessary to stimulate his flagging campaign is not good. Romney also must have a good showing in Massachusetts, where he served as governor. Santorum also needs to make a showing in Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee, where his brand of conservatism is prominent.

Once again, Romney is benefiting from a seemingly growing sentiment among conservatives that their political hopes depend on a broad appeal in November. What good does it do to advocate a cause without a chance of winning the election? This silly self-emulation in politics to make a point leaves one in a permanent state of impotence.

It does happen. In 1968 and '72, former Alabama Gov. George Wallace was chosen by many as the messenger, winning several important primaries despite the fact he had no chance of being elected. If Republicans haven't completely done themselves in by the brutal attacks on one another, they still might salvage at least a chance for recapturing the presidency — but only with Romney.

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02/27/12: Hillary vs. Jeb?

02/17/12: Why wait for the until GOP nominating convention?

02/17/12: Prez is not a god, just a cause of O.G. D.: Obama Governmental Dysfunction

02/13/12: Minor tardiness doesn't warrant court action

02/08/12: College rankings aren't always reliable

02/01/12: Millionaire Fans Watching Millionaire Players

01/30/12: Kiriakou case may plug leaks, stifle democracy

01/09/12: Feds need to find if Brit hackers targeted 9/11 families

12/23/11: NIH flu-strain decision endangers us all

12/09/11: U.S. Postal Service may be beyond saving

11/30/11: Do-gooder gets deserved earful

11/24/11: Lawmakers should pledge to think on their own

11/22/11: Iowa: Vital to GOP now, irrelevant later

11/16/11: Pentagon's ‘senior mentor’ service takes hit

11/14/11: With Congress, expect more intransigence

11/08/11: Paterno's illustrious career faces tarnished end

10/31/11: The FBI is burned by its Boston informants

10/18//11: President Inexperienced again picked style and enthusiasm over caution. He must pay

10/10/11: Prosecutors routinely abuse plea bargaining

10/04/11: In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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