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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 Sept. 20, 2010 / 12 Tishrei, 5771

Pro-life women on the rise

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Christine O'Donnell was ecstatic on election night. The winner of the Republican primary in Delaware was happy and beaming and passionate -- she's a natural in front of television cameras -- as she celebrated her unconventional win. Watching that image, Chris Matthews on "Hardball" announced, "I think she beats out Carly Fiorina in the likeability department."

I suppose it depends what your meaning of likable is. I like candidates who know who they are and appear completely comfortable in their own political skin. That pretty well describes Fiorina, the Republican nominee for Senate in California.

But Matthews was onto something undeniable. While Fiorina was one of the original "Mamma grizzlies" endorsed by Sarah Palin and the pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List, the image doesn't quite seem to fit for the former CEO. She's not a perky takedown artist from Delaware. She's not an exotic (to us lower 48ers) lipsticked pit bull from Alaska. She isn't easily labeled.

Hers is a "a solid, conservative economic message that find common ground with the independent women voters on economic issues for the general election," as Mercedes Schlapp, mother of four girls, media consultant and veteran of the George W. Bush administration, sees it. And Fiorina also happens to be a pro-life, pro-marriage conservative, running against, three-term incumbent Barbara Boxer, a foremost advocate of legal abortion. But Fiorina doesn't make those the most prominent aspects of her campaign. She simply seeks to bring her life experience to the political table in service of the people of California.

"Carly is not running away from her views, but chooses to stay focused on the issues that matter most to voters," Marty Wilson, her campaign manager, explains. "Because of Carly's background as a business leader, she is afforded the best of both worlds. Values voters are comforted by her views, and economic conservatives can be assured that she won't support new taxes and believes the unbridled growth must be halted."

That dynamic played out in the candidates' first debate. Sen. Boxer hyperbolically thundered: "If my opponent's views prevailed (on abortion), women and doctors would be criminals, they would go to jail. Women would die, like they did before Roe v. Wade."

But Fiorina calmly and beautifully explained that her own family life brought her to her position. She added that she recognizes "that not everyone agrees with me on this." And reminded voters "I recognize as well that the most important issue right now in this election is the creation of jobs and getting our government under control." She went on, again in response to a question, to defend and explain why she opposes federal funding of embryonic-stem-cell research. Fiorina gave a plug for more promising adults-stem-cell research and didn't miss the opportunity note that: "Senator Boxer voted against a ban on human cloning." It's hard to cast anyone else as extreme, as Boxer has, with that record.

Fiorina used the debate as a teachable moment, not just a battle of sound bites. And it wasn't just pro-life me who was impressed. A Los Angeles Times review gave her high marks for her grace under fire.

And while Boxer, funded by Planned Parenthood and EMILY's List (a group that supports female pro-choice politicians and candidates) obviously thinks she can demonize Fiorina on these issues, it's not clear her strategy will have traction, even in California this year.

"In most polls, the race is a statistical tie," John J. Pitney Jr., a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College, observes, calling it "remarkable." "Though Republicans have sometimes done well in races for state government offices, California has long favored Democrats for federal office. No Republican candidate for president or U.S. Senate has won here since 1988."

It's remarkable because Fiorina is being outspent. It's remarkable because Fiorina is not running left or away from her staunchly held social positions. "Fiorina is doing well because California's economic woes are causing many voters to question the policies that Barbara Boxer supports," Pitney surmises.

Fiorina's strategy resembles Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's race in Virginia last year. His opposition tried to paint him as a right-wing Neanderthal. But as far as he was concerned, the race was about jobs, education, and transportation -- it's what Virginia needed in a gubernatorial candidate. McDonnell not only won in the purple commonwealth, he won 51 percent of full-time, outside of the home, working women -- even as his opposition insisted on emphasizing and demonizing a graduate paper he wrote on traditional gender roles.

For too long in the American politics, women have been approached as if they are ovarian-Americans, voting in a bloc with special interests that are well-tended to by the Democratic party and feckless Republicans. But the existence of pro-life Republican women of such variety and styles as Fiorina and Palin and Nikki Haley in South Carolina and all the rest this year helps bury that old conventional wisdom. Perhaps along with Boxer's Senate career.

And that, I suspect is why Chris Matthews went out of his way to point out how he is so not into Fiorina: because these pro-life women are everywhere. They're winning and they're connecting with anxious voters and they're not going away, even in California.

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