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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 2, 2011/ 5 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Tim Pawlenty's Lost Chance

By Jonah Goldberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Looking back on the events of 2011, who do you think has more regrets for his bad decisions, Hosni Mubarak or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty?

I guess you have to give it to Mubarak. After all, the guy gave up a cushy gig ruling Egypt just so he could be (justifiably) prosecuted from a sickbed while his cronies retained power.

All Pawlenty did was blow his entirely plausible shot at the presidency.

But one thing is clear: Both men misread their moments.

Let's hop into the way-back machine. Pawlenty's plan was to be the alternative to Mitt Romney. He launched a huge political operation, perhaps to scare off other candidates, which required an equally huge fundraising effort to sustain it.

In order to justify the money he was asking of donors, he had to do well in the Iowa straw poll in August. He came in third to Reps. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul. Pawlenty quit the race the next day.

Tactically, Pawlenty's mistakes are too numerous to count. But strategically, Pawlenty had the right idea: be the most electable candidate to the right of Romney.

Because right now, electable is turning out to be a pretty high bar.

Bachmann's done, even if she doesn't realize it yet. Her campaign never recovered from the entry of Rick Perry, which, oddly, is something you can say about the Perry campaign as well.

Perry was ill-prepared substantively, psychologically and politically for front-runner status, and it showed. He seemed to think that all he needed to say was, "No need to worry anymore. I'm Rick Perry, and I'm from Texas."

Perry's frustration has to be particularly acute because he'll never win back that first impression. When he entered the race, he drew massively from the 75 percent to 80 percent of the Republican Party that doesn't want to vote for Romney. He could still win some of them back, but he will never erase the doubts.

One little-noticed irony: Newt Gingrich had a whole lot of Perry people working for him when he rolled out what may have been the most disastrous presidential debut in modern memory. They all quit and went back to Perry, who proceeded to have the second-most-disastrous presidential rollout in modern memory. Now Gingrich is clawing his way back to respectability, thanks to the debates.

Speaking of which, everyone is talking about how the debates matter more this year -- which is true -- because of the changing media landscape, which is mostly nonsense. The debates matter because a lot of voters are desperate for a new president, and the debates are where most of us go to shop for one.

Now back to Pawlenty. His problem stemmed from the fact that he's a vanilla guy who thought he needed to convince conservatives he was a more exciting flavor. He should have waited, because vanilla may not be anyone's first choice, but it's almost everyone's second choice.

In this respect, Herman Cain is the last exciting flavor in the race. As Cain likes to say, he's not a "flavor of the month" because "Haagen-Dazs black walnut tastes good all the time."

Alas, as ABC News has reported, Haagen-Dazs discontinued that ice cream because it basically was a flavor of the month.

Given what we know so far, the allegations that, as head of the National Restaurant Association, Cain sexually harassed two female colleagues won't cause too many to leap from the Cain train. But, combined with his shaky efforts at damage control, the spectacle might keep others from hopping on board. He certainly hasn't enhanced the perception that he's entirely ready for primetime. It still seems like his campaign started as a brilliant book tour that somehow wandered into the GOP primaries.

And that leaves Romney. Not since Bob Dole told Republicans in 1995, "I'm willing to be another Ronald Reagan if that's what you want me to be," has there been a GOP front-runner who seemed more out of sync with his party's passions.

Many conservatives are reconciled to a Romney victory the way they are to the inevitability of catching the seasonal flu.

This should be Pawlenty's moment. He could run as the vanilla alternative to the fat-free, sugar-free vanilla frogurt Romney.

That's not entirely fair to Romney, but what's fair got to do with it?

Just ask Tim Pawlenty.

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