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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 Nov 15, 2011 18 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Bad News for Dems --- Nobody Terrible at Debate

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It was the worst kind of debate: Nothing awful happened.

Rick Perry exhibited no brain freeze (at least no more than usual), Herman Cain did not stumble badly (at least no more than anybody else), Newt Gingrich did not attack the moderators (much), and the audience booed only once (when Ron Paul opposed torture).

Awful. Just awful. The lives of hundreds of reporters flashed before their eyes. None wanted to write a "no hits, no runs, no errors" story about a debate between the candidates for the Republican nomination for president, but what could they do?

Maybe the distinguished journalist from the Atlantic Monthly, James Fallows, summed it up best on Twitter when he wrote: "Am I allowed to say: Bad tie by Huntsman, bad suit by Paul, great hair style by Bachmann?"

Yes, you're allowed to say it, if that's the major news.

The debate, sponsored by CBS News and the National Journal, was limited to foreign policy and national defense, and was rather grandly billed as "The Republican Commander in Chief Debate."

The actual commander in chief almost certainly was not watching. As he told Jay Leno not long ago, Barack Obama is not watching the GOP debates "until everybody's voted off the island."

But that will not be soon. Why should candidates drop out, if they can always get free air time on the next debate?

And the candidates have grown careful enough and rehearsed enough to give the ravenous press pack only table scraps.

Newt Gingrich, rising in the polls, and possibly angling for a vice presidential bid, was sweetness and light, saying at one point, "I agree entirely with Gov. Romney."

True, Jon Huntsman did stand out on a couple of points. "I take a different approach on Afghanistan," he said. "I say it's time to come home." Which is why he is the Republican that Democrats most love. Unfortunately for him, he has to run in Republican primaries.

And, yes, Michele Bachmann did get in a couple of the red-meat one-liners that, once upon a time, propelled her in the polls. "President Obama is more than willing to stand with Occupy Wall Street," she said, "but he hasn't been willing to stand with Israel!"

"If I were president, I would use waterboarding," she promised. "Barack Obama is letting the ACLU run the CIA!"

Herman Cain was often at sea, but he seems comfortable there, bobbing on a life raft of public opinion. "I do not agree with torture — period," he said. "However, I will trust the judgment of our military leaders on what is and what is not torture."

Period.

Rick Perry, trying to come back from a disastrous performance in his last debate, stuck to basics like his own life or death.

"This is war," he said.

"I am for the means — not torture — to extract information to save young American lives, and I will be for that until I die!"

Romney managed to turn the debate to domestic affairs, which is probably what Americans care about most, when he pledged to reduce the number of federal employees "by at least 10 percent."

How that would help unemployment nobody asked.

When Ron Paul opposed torture, he got a few cheers and a few boos from the crowd. And CBS moderator Scott Pelley was forced to address the audience at one point, saying: "Applause is lovely, but we will not have booing. We will have respect for everyone on stage."

Whether they deserve it or not.

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