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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 Aug 1, 2012 / 13 Menachem-Av, 5772

Danger signals over VP pick

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Talk in Republican circles lately has focused on the possibility that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's relationship with fellow Sunshine State GOP Rep. David Rivera could spell trouble for his nomination. Rivera, a solid conservative also elected in 2010, is an old friend of Rubio's, and the two bought a house together that went into foreclosure. Rivera is now under investigation by the FBI and the IRS for misuse of campaign funds. The Miami Herald has covered the story, as has The Washington Post. Whether there's any fire behind the smoke or not, you can bet that if it was in the Post, it'll be on Obama's radar.

Rubio would be the strongest VP candidate — if the vetting shows the Rivera concerns are not an issue — because of his huge appeal among Latinos and his popularity in Florida. But, like a doctor who takes the Hippocratic Oath, the duty of a vice presidential candidate is to, "first, do no harm." So if it's not to be Rubio, who should it be?

The only other VP candidate who would be exciting and give Romney a bounce would be former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. My wife, Eileen, and I wrote a book, titled "Condi Vs. Hillary," promoting the former for national office, and neither of us has given up on that dream.

While she would not be able to make any inroads among African-Americans against Obama (nobody could), she would be an exciting candidate who would do Romney good among women. Hers is an authentic feminist story of a person rising to stardom without any help from husbands or fathers (cf. Hillary). The fact that her credentials came from her intellect and academic achievements — not through her community organizing skills and affirmative action programs — is a real plus (cf. Obama).

She would bring star power to the ticket, as Sarah Palin did, without any of the downside risk of appearing shallow in interviews that came with Palin. She would light up the campaign and bring a lot of new female support Romney's way.

Her negative is her association with the war in Iraq. There is danger that her nomination would bring back the passions and divisiveness of that turbulent period. But not so much. The war is over. The endgame was as much Obama's as Condi's. The surge "won" the war before Obama took office. And now it's all history. Did Condi know that there were no WMDs in Iraq? Why did she persist in the mission once we all knew that they didn't exist? Ancient history. Not fodder for a presidential campaign eight years later.

And, with Obama trying to find a place to stand in recounting his accomplishments as president — as the economy tanks — he increasingly relies on foreign policy. Condi would compensate for Romney's lack of experience on that front and would reassure people that the former Massachusetts governor could handle himself on the world stage.

On the social issues, Condi is solid on gun control but weak on abortion. She's all over the place on the issue and her nomination would make some social conservatives uneasy. But her evangelical childhood roots and overall conservatism can likely contain any fire over that issue.

If Condi says no? Then Romney should pick from the list of boring white men — Pawlenty, Portman, Thune, etc. The first criterion must be that they do not harm.

My own next pick would be Bob McDonnell, the governor of Virginia. He has actually reduced state spending from its 2008 levels without raising taxes. His record and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's are similar, but McDonnell has had even more success in his battles. Unlike New Jersey, Virginia is a swing state, and McDonnell raises no conservative doubts on social issues.

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