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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 Feb. 7, 2012/ 14 Shevat, 5772

Waiting for the big cupcake

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are no East Carolinas in the National Football League, as a wise sage (John Madden? Pat Summerall?) famously put it, but the field in the Republican presidential primaries this year is studded with cupcakes.

Mitt Romney, who if he were a football team might have been an East Carolina himself in this presidential year, is dispatching a gallery of rivals none of whom have ever looked particularly presidential. Can anyone actually say out loud, without a wince, "President Gingrich"? Or President Paul" (who sounds more like a pope than a president), or "President Santorum"? Nice guys, maybe, but we know where nice guys finish.

Newt Gingrich, who has a hard time sounding like a nice guy, is down to a new strategy unique in presidential politics. He'll try to win by losing, and without any money. He told a post-primary press conference in Las Vegas, the Lourdes of pilgrims eager to lay the rent or mortgage money on imaginative long-shots, that he intends to "find a series of victories which by the end of the Texasprimary will leave us at parity." But Texas won't hold its winner-take-all primary until April (the date is uncertain because of a redistricting case), and by then even its 155 delegates may be but an afterthought. Primacy, not parity, is the point of politics. Ties, like kisses from your sister, don't count.

Besides, Texas doesn't like losers, and Newt has acquired the sickly-sweet fragrance of a corpse waiting for someone to call the undertaker. He dispensed with the usual concession speech the night of the Nevada caucus, the traditional gesture of faking humility, and called a press conference instead. Only a small gaggle of reporters showed up for it, mostly bloggers in the expectation of an announcement that Newt was throwing in a sweaty towel. Not at all, he said. He was going all the way to Texas and on to the convention, even if he had to pay his own bus fare.

For all the bravura and bravado it's difficult to see how Newt will get to Tampa without winning a few primaries. He's not even on the ballot this week in Missouri, which is merely a beauty contest and is not binding on the selection of delegates. Mr. Romney is favored in Colorado and Minnesota, and then it's on to Michigan and Arizona at the end of the month. Those look like Romney states, too. The race should be all over before March 6, and a Super Tuesday that wouldn't be so super after all.

The notion that the three remaining Romney pursuers can raise enough money to keep their campaigns on life support all the way to Tampa is gossamer. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who withdrew after finishing sixth in Iowa, thinks the nominee will emerge long before the pursuers find the courage to quit. Vowing to go all the way to Tampa is nice; actually getting there is another thing. "The practicality is money," she says, and they're not likely to have any.

The smart money is on Mitt Romney once more, but it's nervous money. No one expects him to arrive in Tampa with full-throated Republican enthusiasm at his back. (That comes later.) But even nervous money can speak in shouts. For every dollar Newt scraped together to spend in Florida, the Romney campaign spent five easy dollars; for every negative Gingrich commercial on the Floridaairwaves, the Romney campaign put up 60. Mr. Romney spent more than $15 million and nearly all of it was spent on high-decibel denunciation of Newt and the rest of a field that most Republicans agree is a well-meaning collection of sad sacks.

"So Mr. Romney has pasted one on Newt Gingrich," observed the magazine The Economist. "Remember that this is still Newt Gingrich, a man drummed out of office more than a decade ago, whose campaign has been left for dead twice, who cruised around Greece while his team floundered, whose negatives are higher than Emperor Palpatine's, who's on a third marriage, who supported a health-insurance mandate, and greenhouse-gas action alongside Nancy Pelosi, who made $1.6 million for helping the loathed Freddie Mac, and on and on. So Mr. Romney had $15 million lying around to defeat this man in a single state? Well, congratulations, Mr. Romney, as far as it goes."

The good news is that soon "it goes" against Barack Obama, who has a blind eye and a tin ear waiting to be exploited. He's contemptuous of the G0d 'n' guns crowd. He's constantly lecturing the Israelis. This week he's at war with the Catholics.

He's no East Carolina, but he might be a cupcake.

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