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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 Dec 16, 2011 20 Kislev, 5772

GOP Over-coached and Over-careful

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the last debate before voters ruin things by actually voting, the candidates for the Republican nomination met in Sioux City, Iowa, Thursday night to thrash things out.

The media were hoping they would thrash each other.

But they simply gave viewers more of the same. And sometimes less. The top-tier candidates were over-coached and over-careful, painfully aware that the Iowa caucuses are less than three weeks away and voters -- not just polls -- may determine their future.

Mitt Romney did not really attack Newt Gingrich, and Newt did not really attack Mitt. Newt made one semi-droll remark about not wanting to appear "zany," something Romney had accused him of earlier in the week, but that's as far as it went.

The panel of Fox News moderators did its best to get sparks to fly, but they flew only from candidates who didn't care about setting themselves on fire.

"We are getting screwed as Americans!" said Jon Huntsman, using a word not heard that much in polite company in Iowa (and, perhaps, not anywhere else).

"The Speaker had his hand out to keep the scam going!" Michele Bachmann said of former House Speaker Gingrich and his lucrative contract with mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

"He personally issued gay marriage licenses!" Rick Santorum said of Romney.

Ron Paul's libertarianism -- he believes in no government at most -- appeals to some Republicans when it comes to domestic policy but often runs aground when it comes to foreign policy.

"We don't need another war!" Paul said, saying we should not attack Iran to prevent it from developing a nuclear weapon.

"With all due respect to Ron Paul, I have never heard a more dangerous foreign policy," Bachmann replied.

With all due respect. Which is to say none at all.

For the most part, it was a debate of dribs and drabs, not punch and counter-punch. Romney saved his toughest lines for Barack Obama, not his Republican primary opponents.

Accusing Obama of "weakness and timidity," Romney said the president had a "foreign policy based on 'pretty please.'"

Both Romney and Gingrich made small slips, but none that is likely to alter the outcome of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

Romney praised his own his cooperation with the "gun lobby" in Massachusetts, apparently believing that the gun lobby actually likes being referred to as the "gun lobby."

And Gingrich, apparently believing that there are no Jewish Republicans, or at least none that will vote for him, wished everybody a "Merry Christmas" but made no mention of other seasonal holidays.

The best comment of the day actually came before the debate, when Rick Perry told Fox News the real purpose that Iowa voters serve.

"They want to touch you, feel you and sniff on ya," Perry said.

The debates are done. Let the sniffing begin.

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