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 December 27, 2012/ 14 Teves, 5773

GOP needs a talent search

By Cheri Jacobus

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The cavalcade of post-election autopsy analysis as the GOP and detractors attempt to make sense of it all has been interesting and instructive.

The left-wing mainstream media and Democrats gleefully jeer that the Obama victory is proof positive the GOP is the party of old white men, is racist and sexist and condemned to the annals of history. It's called gloating, and they are having a simply marvelous time rubbing the collective GOP nose in it.

In the fullness of hindsight, history will view President Obama as perhaps the worst of our presidents. And as former GE CEO Jack Welch said, Mitt Romney was perhaps the best presidential hopeful of a lifetime. The Romney loss is perplexing to Republicans and Democrats alike, despite the left's haughty victory lap.

Unemployment was at 8 percent and higher, with African-American unemployment much higher than under President George W. Bush, $16 trillion of crippling debt (Obama adding more than previous presidents combined), failed stimulus spending, bailouts, Solyndra scandal, Fast and Furious, ObamaCare, foreign policy faux pas, snubbing Israel, Benghazi cover-up the list goes on. This is the Obama presidency.

Obama overwhelmingly won African-Americans and did better among women and Latinos, but lost white men. The Latino and gender breakdown was likely based on economics. Women and minorities are hit first when the economy tanks. Rather than lay the blame at the feet of Obama, his promise of a good life, courtesy of the taxpayers, assuaged the bitterness, pain and fear of his economy. The media, and therefore the voters, ignored his failures.

Romney gets slimed, GOP policies slammed, and we can justifiably point a finger at the pro-Obama media that largely kept important issues such as Benghazi out of the public domain, going beyond mere bias and into propagandist territory. Blame is shared equally with another group - Republican political operatives. The nation dangles dangerously from a fiscal cliff not because the GOP is wrong, but because we were outgunned.

The Project ORCA epic mess is now well-known, where the untested Get Out the Vote program failed on Election Day. Compared to the savvy Obama ground game, the GOP was in the Stone Age even if ORCA had been fully operational. This right-of-center country would likely have elected Romney had we employed even the most rudimentary GOTV efforts.

A small cabal of GOP consultants spins contracts in the millions of dollars back and forth, around and among each other, demanding nothing by way of results and performance, as long as double-dipping, ungodly large profits and sweet deals are facilitated. Good men and women running for office place their trust in them, as do donors and rank-and-file Republicans nationwide, only to be scammed.

Also, Republican operatives at some fairly high levels are there due to personal friendships, yet lack the goods to back it up. While certainly common in politics and business to trade on friendships and family connections, we can afford to let those be the deciding factors among the most qualified, but not the only reason for scoring the gig.

Where the golf buddy, ballgame companion or happy-hour chum being named to a vital campaign or leadership staff position becomes worrisome is when a bit of research turns up no real record of results in key areas. Politics are costly, and the bar is lower than those investing in the GOP should settle for.

The GOP should scour the countryside for talent while building a farm team, as Newt Gingrich did in the 1980s when he envisioned a Republican House few believed possible. The ambitious Georgia congressman established the American Campaign Academy, an intense, 10-week campaign training camp dubbed "The West Point of politics" by Newsweek. For yours truly it proved nearly as valuable as my four years of college, after which I and my comrades in arms stormed the campaign trail putting to use what we'd absorbed, delivering results with fewer stumbles. We were ready.

The historic 1994 GOP takeover of Congress was, indeed, the House that Newt had been building for years.

From small contributors to billionaires like casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, donors should demand that excellence and results take precedence over a buddy system overdue to be mothballed. Money won't flow to campaigns with untrained, untested operatives, no matter how wonderful and promising the candidate, or how disastrous the opponent.

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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


12/24/12: The short shrift given to the historic appointment of Tim Scott is unconscionable
12/18/12: Save a kid, arm a teacher
10/11/12: Binders full of problems? What Mitt Romney must do to woo women
5/10/12: Media accountability
4/23/12: Obama and his merry band of misogynists
01/20/12: If Obama said what Newt said, he'd get a standing 'O'
12/01/11: Newt, Mitt and paper tigers
11/20/11: High-tech lynching, part II
09/23/11: Obama: Love me!
09/12/11: Waive wage rule, create jobs
07/25/11: Dems changed their tune
07/15/11: Clinton's bad advice
06/27/11: Cut, cap and balance
06/03/11: Weiner Twitter kerfuffle
05/16/11: Osama, Obama and 2012
04/19/11: Obama's charity state
04/12/11: Dems too crazy to win
03/21/11: Revere real journalism
03/14/11: Dems generous to a fault
03/07/11: Cut with a machete
03/02/11: $100,000,000,000 of waste is immoral
02/28/11: GOP 2012 hopefuls are getting in touch with their inner Cheesehead
02/14/11: Patriot Act needs diligence
06/15/10: Republican girl power
06/01/10: The petulant president
05/26/10: Party like it's 1994
04/26/10: For animals' sake, or yours
04/19/10: My friend Michael Steele should resign
03/16/10: Waste, fraud and abuse
02/24/10: Put down the shovel
12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus