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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. 24, 2012/ 8 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Romney displays unusual strategy for winning

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Back in his first campaign confrontation with President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney showed he knew how to win a debate. Monday night he showed he knew how to lose a debate -- in the hopes of winning the presidency.

That clearly was the secret strategy of the Republican nominee from the moment he walked onstage for the third and final debate of what had been so far a contentious, confrontational campaign.

Time after time in the debate at Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Fla., Romney seemed to endorse Obama's most controversial policies, ranging from the use of drones to kill terrorist leaders to completing the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2014. Joe Biden could hardly have done better.

For liberals it was a night of unrequited joy. But somewhat less thrilled was Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center. Less than an hour into the debate, Bozell tweeted an alert to his faithful followers: "Something is wrong with Romney tonight. He's refusing to challenge Obama's failed policies. He's sounding LIKE Obama. This is terrible."

And when the debate was over, cable TV's talking heads instantly and overwhelmingly informed viewers Obama "won" the debate. Won big-time. My cable news colleagues even spent (see also: wasted) many thousands of dollars on instant polls that said the same thing -- with numbers, which meant it must be true.

Time out. Why is it that, as sure as a patient's leg kick follows a doctor's knee tap, media decision-makers and reporters reflexively ask the wrong question after debates?

They cover debates like they were covering Olympic fencing, where every touch is a score that counts and total points produce the winner. But political debates aren't about seeing who won -- they are about discovering which candidate viewers would vote for if they had to cast their ballot immediately after the debate.

Obama's strong and combative debate performance no doubt solidified many Americans' vote preferences. Obama repeatedly nailed Romney for his ever-changing positions, foreign and domestic.

But Romney wasn't really talking to the vast majority of debate viewers Monday night, just a tiny fraction of them. Romney wasn't trying to impress the almost 90 percent of voters who have already decided how they will vote. His strategy was clearly just to convince those who are still undecided -- and actually, not even most of them.

Romney tried throughout the debate to make himself seem appealing and palatable to the undecided females who reside in America's suburbs. These women may well prove to be the swing voters who can decide the outcome of the still-in-doubt states -- especially Ohio, which is crucial to Republican hopes.

Think about it. They are still undecided because they have already made one crucial decision: They really aren't satisfied with the candidate they know best, Obama. They want something more, something better. Or at least something different.

In the first debate, Romney passed their first key test by showing he could share a stage with a sitting president and appear to belong there. He was greatly helped by the fact that while he forcefully attacked the president's policies, Obama seemed to be sleepwalking through the first matchup.

But these female suburban swing voters, while impressed somewhat by Romney's strong performance, were still unconvinced after the first debate, and also the second.

In this last debate, Romney appeared to have a new strategy. After a year of hardball politics, he stifled his attack inclinations and worked at coming across as not just presidential, but also reasonable and likable.

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Previously:


10/17/12: Russia drops a bombshell on U.S. nuclear safeguard plan and few notice

10/11/12: A new debate game plan for a new comeback

07/25/12: Washington news, sanitized for officials' comfort

07/18/12: By withholding, Mitt Romney taxes campaign

06/20/12: Cruel consequences spring from an old leak

06/13/12: Gaffes, not facts, dominate presidential race

06/06/12: Command decisions mark new era of video-game warfare

04/25/12: Safeguarding us all in the nuclear age

04/18/12: The battle for the honor of enraging us more

03/28/12: Eavesdropping on diplomacy and politics

02/22/12: Drawing Romney's big picture

01/25/12: Candidates proving that time-tested Marxist theory

01/12/12: Even with primaries still to go, history's longest year starts now

01/05/12: Iowa caucuses reveal news media lapses

12/14/11: How Gingrich stole Mitt's Christmas

11/16/11: Supercommittee's super-sized surrender

11/16/11: Romney talks Texas-tough on Iran

11/03/11: The Silent Majority speaks at last

10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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