In this issue

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 Nov 11, 2011 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Defining moments for five candidates in debate

By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The GOP debate provided defining moments, not only for Rick Perry, but also for Romney, Cain, Gingrich and Bachmann.

Perry's was, of course, all too obvious. You could see the stage fright grip him as he failed momentarily to recall that he had sentenced the Energy Department to termination. You could watch his sense of panic rising and taking over his consciousness. It explained all his other bad debate performances. The man has "red light syndrome", a widely known disorder for studio musicians who cannot perform when the red light to record is illuminated. They freeze as Perry froze.

But his moment also showed the vacuity of the sound bites he does manage to recall. It demonstrated how he has a series of memorized lines which he recycles and repeats without much thought, originality, or, apparently, memory of their significance. His moment of an empty mind revealed that he is, indeed, an empty suit.

Romney, too, had his defining moment when he was asked to choose between profits and jobs. At last he was on home turf. He hit it out of the ballpark. "What are profits?" he asked. "Where do they go?" He answered his own question saying that many liberals say they go to corporate executive salaries and bonuses. But they don't, he explained. "Profits are what is left after they have been paid. Profits are what you reinvest in your business to make it grow and expand and create new jobs. You need profits to generate jobs." Romney's economic primer showed how deeply he has imbued himself with the free market gospel. Perhaps he flip flops on strange ground, but on economics, he's rock solid. That's great to know! I hope the Occupy Wall Street crowd was watching.

Cain's moment came when he was asked about the bridge in San Francisco that is going to be built by the Chinese. Over the cynicism of the media and the laughter of his colleagues (Romney doubled up laughing) he sheepishly repeated his 9—9—9 formulation and did a great job of explaining its relevance to the question. In coaching candidates, it's a moment you hope for. Answer the question and show how it relates to your basic campaign theme. In that answer, Cain made everyone realize the centrality of his reforms and how fundamental they are to any question relating to jobs and economy.

Newt's defining moment offered an insight into his candidacy and his mind. He was asked to tell us, in thirty seconds, what he would do to replace Obamacare. "Thirty seconds?" he asked, incredulously. "Thirty seconds to answer health care." He portentously noted that he had spent years studying the subject. In the meantime, his thirty seconds were up. Doggedly, the reporter persisted and granted him "all the time you wish" to answer. His initial response was to repeat his incredulity at being asked to describe health care in a sound bite. "No, take all the time you want," she repeated. Finally it dawned on Newt that he had to give a real answer. Sarcasm wouldn't cut it. Obviously not having marshaled his thoughts, he repeated the same stuff the others had said about malpractice reform and health savings accounts — good answers, but scarcely original.

Then, Newt appeared in all his intellectual glory. Gone was the surly sarcasm, the negative sneer, and the pap answer. His brain went to work and he launched into the most dazzlingly brilliant answer! He referenced the proliferation of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases and of autism. He said that basic research into brain functions could save us billions in health care treatments. His metaphor? Instead of buying iron lung machines, invent the Salk Vaccine.

Why don't all the candidates think in such global and bold terms? Because none of them is Newt! And why didn't Newt tell us this in the first place without wasting the time on sarcasm, procedure, imputation of media idiocy, and pique?

Because he is Newt. In the same moment, his biggest asset and biggest impediment were side by side.

Michele's defining moment was when she talked about the interest we pay China. She raised a point that was so fundamental and important that only a brilliant tax lawyer would focus on it — that the real problem with our massive borrowing from China is the huge subsidy we are giving our potential adversary. China only spends about a quarter of what we do on defense. But add to it the interest we pay to China and you have a totally different equation. "We paid for their aircraft carrier," she explained. So why isn't she doing better in the polls? Not because of her flaws, but because this is one tough field of able, qualified, articulate candidates.

And then there's Rick.


Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.


Click HERE to purchase it at a 46% discount. (Sales help fund JWR.).

Comment by clicking here.

Dick Morris Archives

© 2009, Dick Morris