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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 Oct 3, 2011 / 6 Tishrei, 5772

Is Mitt Romney the Next Meg Whitman?

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mitt Romney is the front-runner in the GOP presidential primary. In recent debates, the former Massachusetts governor has shone while Texas Gov. Rick Perry has stumbled. Those who were hoping for a candidate with more seasoning (Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels), more principle (House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan) or more pizazz (New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie) are starting to face facts. They're stuck with the dates who actually knocked at the door. And many are thinking that Romney is the Republican likeliest to prevail against President Barack Obama.

My question: Is Romney really the most electable Republican?

That's what the smart money said about Meg Whitman when she ran for California governor in 2010. Like Romney, Whitman boasted that it was a plus that she was not a "career politician." As the former eBay CEO — who, by the way, used to work on Romney's turf at Bain & Co. — she claimed the boardroom savvy and leadership style needed to woo voters desperate for a competent executive who could improve California's business climate.

Career politicians such as former California Gov. Pete Wilson rallied behind Whitman. She, they insisted, would be a stronger nominee than California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner or former Rep. Tom Campbell. But after Whitman used her fortune to win the nod, Democrat Jerry Brown trounced her, 54-41 percent.

Now, Romney is not Whitman. He is an experienced candidate and has served in public office. And Whitman didn't help herself by pouring nearly $150 million of her own money into her campaign. She made it too easy for critics (like me) to charge that she was trying to buy the election.

Also, Romney doesn't have to win California to win the White House. _But Whitman's loss demonstrates how Democrats can turn private-sector gold into electoral tin. Call it reverse alchemy.

Whitman had the perfect calling card — eBay, a popular, successful company with big brand identification. No worries. Opponents tied her to another, unpopular corporation, Goldman Sachs, because she had been on the investment firm's board in 2001.

Most voters never have heard of Romney's baby, Bain Capital. If Romney is the GOP nominee, however, folks will hear plenty about every worker layoff and plant closing that occurred under the investment firm's direction.

Career politicians know better than to hire illegal immigrants. Actually, so did Whitman. She went through a service to find a part-time housekeeper. She paid Nicandra Diaz Santillan $23 per hour. When Diaz told Whitman she was undocumented in 2009, Whitman fired her. When Diaz went public in September 2010, the controversy shut down any chance Whitman had of winning the governor's office.

Now, I don't believe for a minute that no Democrats running for office in 2010 ever hired an illegal immigrant. But here's the beauty of the situation: An undocumented worker would not dare expose an elected Democrat.

Before the 2008 election, The Boston Globe tracked down the landscaping firm hired by Romney. Some of the workers apparently were illegal.

There's an impossible standard for non-politician candidates. Romney, it seems, was supposed to check the documents of people who worked for people who worked for him. Reporters seemed to think Whitman was supposed to suspect that Diaz, with her heavy accent, was illegal.

Romney has been running a smooth, professional campaign. When the primary is settled, however, this race will be an entirely different game. The personal attacks will be relentless.

Romney might not have a housekeeper, observed Dan Schnur, a former GOP political strategist and director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, but "they're going to come at him with a dozen laid-off factory workers."

If it's Romney vs. Obama, the race will teeter on how Romney is defined — whether the public sees him as "a battled-tested private-sector jobs creator or an out-of-touch plutocrat layoff artist."

"Whoever wins that fight," quoth Schnur, "wins the election."

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