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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 June 8, 2011 / 6 Sivan, 5771

Republicans long for non-existent candidate

By Robert Robb

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are two questions hanging over the 2012 election: Is the Republican presidential field surprisingly weak? If so, why?

The questions have salience because of the perception that Barack Obama is a very vulnerable incumbent.

The economy has yet to find solid ground. Obama's policy of trying to stimulate the economy through a massive increase in federal spending is generally regarded as having failed.

It did, however, aggravate and accentuate the country's debt problem, which has become the top domestic issue. Obama seems to be more inclined to politically finesse the problem than to solve it.

All of this should make the Republican presidential nomination very attractive. Yet the general perception is that the quality of the candidates does not match the quality of the opportunity.

On paper, this isn't necessarily so.

Of late, the American people have looked at governorships as a good training ground for the presidency. Four of the last six presidents have been governors.

There's much sense in this. Experience running a state government is as good of preparation as there can possibly be for the unfathomable job of being president. There are two former governors in the Republican field who would seem to fit the bill: Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty. Both won election in Democratic states (Massachusetts and Wisconsin, respectively), so their political chops would seem to have been proven. If you were choosing a Republican presidential nominee on the basis of resume, Romney would be the obvious choice.

In contrast to Obama, Romney had a very successful business career, as a consultant and an investment banker. He knows how the economy works from the ground up. He has extensive and productive management experience in both the public and private sectors.

He's a proven problem-solver.

There would seem to be a strong match between the country's needs and Romney's talents.

And yet there is something unsettling about Romney as a politician. He has changed his positions so many times on so many fundamental issues that it is hard to credit him with having a core philosophy.

A non-ideological technocrat may be what the country needs right now. But it's not what Republican primary voters want to nominate.

Pawlenty fits the ideological profile Republican primary voters want more comfortably. But not the attitudinal profile.

Republican primary voters want someone who will not only do something about the debt, but be angry about it. They want someone not just to defeat Obama, but to dance on his political grave.

Pawlenty has a sunny personality. He doesn't do wrath well.

I suspect sunny would work better in a general election. But Republican primary voters are looking for someone to give voice to their sense of outrage.

Hence the hunger for someone else. There are two someone elses which, if their traits were merged, would be the ideal Republican nominee this time around: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. Ryan knows the issue of this election better than anyone and addresses it more persuasively and thoroughly than anyone. And Christie gives voice to the gruff and direct politics Republicans long to hear.

But they are unavailable and presumably not agreeable to some sort of Vulcan mind meld.

In reality, there is no ideal candidate for an impossible job. Ronald Reagan didn't become a Republican icon until he won re-election thumpingly in 1984. At this point in time in 1979, he was regarded as a has-been.

An unsatisfactory field? Yes. A weak field? A premature judgment, at best.

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