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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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. 9, 2011 10 Elul, 5771

Perry gets bitten, bites back

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - You know how to tell when you’re leading the pack? All the other dogs are trying to bite you on the butt.

Which is why Texas Gov. Rick Perry got his posterior attacked but good in a Republican debate Wednesday night. Anybody who bit him got bit back, however.

Though atop most polls for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry is not known to many Americans. Those who watched the debate, the first in which Perry has participated as a national candidate, saw a guy with square shoulders and a gunslinger squint, a man who likes to drop his “g’s” when “speakin’ ” his mind.

He sent one clear message: Nobody attacks Rick Perry - - not even with his own words.

“I feel like a piñata here,” Perry said at one point.

“I don’t care what anyone says,” he said at another.

And he didn’t. For a good part of the 90-minute debate sponsored by NBC and POLITICO, Perry not only answered the questions he was asked, but those he was not.

Asked why he used “provocative language” to attack Social Security, Perry replied: “Maybe it’s time to have some provocative language in this country and get people workin’ again!”

What his answers sometimes lacked in logic was made up for in enthusiasm, and after some initial nervousness - - he gripped the sides of his podium as if he were hanging onto a life raft - - Perry settled down to his talking points.

Asked why, under his governorship, Texas has the lowest percentage of people in the nation with health insurance, Perry replied: “What [Texans] would like to see is the federal government get out of their business!”

When Perry and former front-runner Mitt Romney attacked each other with ready sets of statistics, NBC’s Brian Williams said, “Nice to see everybody came prepared.”

Of course they did. That’s what debates are about.

Debates, like much of modern politicking, are TV shows, and like many “off-the-cuff” shows, they require careful rehearsal. Candidates study thick briefing books with questions and answers, and their handlers, huddled in staff rooms off-camera, breathe deep sighs of relief when their candidates regurgitate the answers as prepped.

A former political handler, who has no candidate in the race this time but who showed up in the press tent anyway, told me: “It is so relaxing to watch a debate and not have to worry about how your candidate is going to screw up all your hard work.”

Which is not to say that candidates are unintelligent or mere puppets. They are merely aware that answers that are carefully checked, polled and focus-grouped are safer than glib, off-the-top-of-my-head answers.

An hour before the debate, the Perry campaign sent out an e-mail to reporters saying: “Members of the working press are encouraged to follow @PerryTruthTeam on Twitter and to visit www.rickperry.org for real-time updates concerning statements made during tonight’s Reagan Centennial GOP Candidates Debate in Simi Valley, Calif.”

Which meant that the Perry campaign was prepared not only to dispute what Perry’s opponents might say, but also to explain what Perry himself said.

Because of his meteoric rise in the polls and the fact this was his first debate as a presidential candidate, Perry was virtually guaranteed to be in the first or second paragraph of every news story.

Perry was like a debutante at a coming-out party. Would he dazzle or disappoint? Could he take it, and could he dish it out? That was the story.

When Newt Gingrich upbraided POLITICO’s John Harris for asking a provocative question, Gingrich said: “I’m frankly not interested in your effort to get Republicans fighting each other.”

But he was the only one.

How much voters actually care about debates is open to question. As I have written before, many people watch debates for the same reason many people watch the Indy 500: to see who crashes and burns.

What is not open to question (at least in my mind) is that performing well in a debate is not much like performing well as president.

Debates do not allow for thoughtful silence before answering a question. Nor do these potential presidents get to gather advisers around them before formulating a policy. They must speak instantly from the podium, hoping their answers convey strength, intelligence, warmth and electability. Especially electability.

You get only one chance to make a first impression. Perry made his Wednesday night.

Bite him, get bitten. He may not be everyone’s idea of a president, but he wanted to make sure he was nobody’s idea of a patsy.

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