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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 4, 2011 / 7 Tishrei, 5772

In Christie,shades of William Howard Taft

By Dan K. Thomasson




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I suppose it only fitting in a nation plagued by obesity that a modern day potential candidate for president should match if not exceed the girth of the 27th U.S. chief executive who was easily the heaviest person to occupy the White House.

But a growing number of Republicans disenchanted with the current crop of presidential wannabes apparently believe that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might just be the answer to their prayers, super waist and all, which, in all fairness, hasn't seemed to slow him down as he stumps around trying to make up his mind whether to make a run at the GOP nomination.

In an age when TV defines the image expected of a candidate, slim or at least trim has been the model. And the two GOP frontrunners, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, epitomize that movie star handsomeness has been considered an important ingredient for success since Jack Kennedy, particularly among the young. But there seems to be lingering doubt whether either is heavy weight enough in the philosophical sense to take advantage of an increasingly vulnerable Barack Obama.

Christie, his advocates contend, is more than qualified for the assignment in both categories. On the physical side, the occupant of the New Jersey statehouse is a very big man, approaching if not having overtaken the 300-pound mark. In fact, there looks to be enough of him to make two presidents. He doesn't seem self-conscious about appearing more like an escapee from the "Biggest Loser" television show than a politician, admitting in an interview with ABC anchor Diane Sawyer, who ranks at the very top of the beauty scale, that he probably should do something about his weight. You think? What, and lose the fast food vote?

All that flesh also doesn't seem to bother those urging him to cannonball into the midst of the nominee race with the expectation of splashing the lightweights out of the pond. They find his blunt calls for swift action on a variety of fronts with no holds barred just the kind of 'hit 'em where they live' candidacy presently missing. No doubt about the weight of his brain either.

Where does Christie stand on the idea of plowing into the race? He said in April he wouldn't but left the door open. In his case it has to be more than just a crack and in the last month or so that has been what it has become as the decibel level of pleading has increased dramatically. That's especially true since Perry, the previous darling of the Tea Party conservatives, has slipped recently because of a couple of uneven performances.

It seems amazing to me that all the normal models for picking nominees for the highest office in the land have disappeared. When I began covering national politics all those years ago, a candidate with Perry's views of political sacred cows like Social Security and Medicare and the Federal Reserve had no prayer of success. This guy makes Barry Goldwater look like a liberal. Then there is the sex thing. Bill Clinton survived one scandal after another and probably could be elected again now. There was a time a divorce was enough to end a candidacy.

Now suddenly the glamour-puss image seems not to be a factor, which is probably a good idea. At the time Taft was elected Americans saw a comfortable figure as a sign of a prosperous man and the menus of his day, for his class included great quantities of the richest foods, morning, noon and night. Taft certainly was a man of his time. He had to have a special bathtub to hold him, for Pete's sake.

Whether or not Christie enters the race, he can be expected to throw around some of his considerable heft influencing the nominating process just as a much smaller Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has done already after deciding not to run. He has written a book that all the candidates should read.

In the meantime, I'll have a Taft-Christie Combo, two dozen oysters and a double cheeseburger, Falstaff.

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09/27/11: One word for Obama's prospects --- ‘bleak’

09/26/11: Obama quickly running out of time

09/23/11: Big-time college football is now all about the money

09/22/11: A trip to the dentist cleans out your wallet

09/06/11: College rankings a useless exercise

08/31/11: Thankful a mother isn't alive to see this hungry mess

08/30/11: ‘Supercommittee’ should meet in secret

08/22/11: Is college still worth it? Some majors are

08/15/11: Pray for miracle from debt committee

08/09/11: S&P mixes credit ratings with politics

08/08/11: Politics again takes precedence over common sense

08/04/11: In modern society, a distinct pattern of senselessness

07/29/11: A debt solution: Throw the rascals out, all of them

07/21/11: Campaign finance reform --- you're kidding, right!?

07/08/11: Casey Anthony jury did its job

07/05/11: Nailing a prominent figure or institution should come at a heavy risk — and an even greater price if proven a hoax





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