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December 2, 2014

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 Jan 30, 2012/ 6 Shevat, 5772

Whither the GOP establishment?

By David Shribman




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | LEWISTON, Me. -- Against all odds, against all expectations, perhaps even against all reason, the Republican presidential nomination fight is centered in Florida this week and then moves to a hopelessly complex process here in Maine next week. This is a far different contest that the Republicans conducted a few weeks, a few miles, and a political lifetime away across the border in New Hampshire.

Strip the cant from the 2012 Republican nomination fight and you have a frontrunner who lost two out of the first three tests and now is barely entitled to the title; a challenger in the race to be standard bearer of a family-values party who has had three wives and almost no allies and many blood enemies in his own party; and another contender who lost his own state, considered essential to a GOP victory, by 18 points in his Senate reelection fight.

In the old days a formula like that would be a summons for the political establishment to do something, or anything -- step in to force implausible candidates from the race, step forward with a new contender in the lists or step up the pressure to bring order to the proceedings. But none of that is happening, or is likely to happen anytime soon.

Is it possible that in the party of the establishment there is no party establishment anymore, that in the caucus of the old guard no one is on guard?

This is the Republican question that dares not speak its name, one that suggests that the character of a political party more than a century and a half old has shifted -- startlingly, significantly -- in the past decade or two.

The Republicans seem to be avoiding the question, speaking obliquely of a party establishment but never identifying its members or even its inclinations.

Indeed, Newt Gingrich, who as a former House speaker would ordinarily be regarded as a charter member of the establishment, is plainly running against the establishment. "The establishment is right to be worried about a Gingrich nomination," he said on Meet the Press. "We are going to make the "establishment" very uncomfortable."

But here is the secret: There is no establishment to make uncomfortable -- or to make things right in a party that seems to be hungry for someone, something or anything to make things right, or at least to make things clear.

"The old way of doing things in the Republican Party is gone," says former Sen. Warren Rudman of New Hampshire. "The party is full of independent contractors, following their own instincts."

Mr. Gingrich is plainly ineligible to play the part of the establishment; he has the credentials but not the temperament and, besides, is one of the contenders in the nomination fight. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts has classic establishment credentials -- former governor of an important state, son of a respected business leader, revered governor and Nixon Cabinet member and possessor of degrees from Harvard Law and Harvard Business -- but he's in the fight, too.

Ordinarily former presidents would be establishment figures, but one of them, George H.W. Bush, is frail and is to the new warriors of the GOP a symbol of easy compromise, and the other, George W. Bush, is still politically radioactive. If there is a Republican establishment left, it consists of the times, rarer now than in years past, when Robert J. Dole, Howard H. Baker Jr. and Mr. Rudman, three retired senators who stay in touch but whose average age is 85, get together for dinner. None has been in office more recently than 16 years ago.

None of the other figures -- not Karl Rove, the George W. Bush aide, not Charles R. Black Jr., the veteran GOP adviser, neither of whom has held major office -- qualifies as a party leader whose word might make mortals tremble or whose dictates might carry the voltage of a thunderbolt. The Republicans have had such figures in past decades -- former nominees Dwight Eisenhower, Thomas Dewey and Richard M. Nixon, or House majority leader Charles A. Halleck, Senate minority leader Everett M. Dirksen or former House Speaker Joseph Martin-- but they don't have one now.

Today neither Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell nor House Speaker John Boehner can play the role. Neither can speak for his entire caucus or for the entire party; both are worried about the influence of tea party irregulars in their respective houses. It may be that the modern Republican establishment has been relegated to the presidents of a few Rotary clubs in cities with populations under 100,000.

The Republicans aren't alone. Four years ago, the insurgent Democratic candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, defeated the establishment candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who had the support of a former president, big labor and many liberal interest groups. Usually the president of the United States automatically is regarded as an establishment figure, but Mr. Obama shirks from the role and, as a recent account of life within the First Family suggests, is uncomfortable with many of the rituals of political life, like sitting around after hours with people he detests and assuring them how important they are.

But a party that has specialized in toppling the powerful, as the Democrats did until recently, doesn't need an establishment as much as one that, until recent decades, practiced a conservatism of the old definition, which was resistance to change. That is why, in the past, Republicans selected nominees such as Dewey, Nixon, Ronald Reagan, the elder Mr. Bush and Mr. Dole, all with conventional credentials and all with presidential campaigns (and in three cases a vice presidential campaign) behind them.

That Republican craving for safety and stability is firmly in the past, which is why the safest and probably least unpredictable among the GOP contenders, Mr. Romney, is so insistently seeking to minimize the very establishment credentials that in 1960 or 1968 would have assured him of the nomination, probably without breaking a sweat, which is the way establishment politicians operate.

"The Republicans have become much more of a grass roots party than a grass tops party," says former Reagan White House chief of staff Kenneth M. Duberstein. "The ground has really shifted ever since the Republicans lost the presidency." That's the whole point. In the old days, the Republicans -- the grounded ones in our politics -- won votes because they helped keep the ground from shifting.

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David Shribman, a Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism, is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Previously:



01/23/11 The Democratic coalition is breaking up
01/09/11 The verdict that wasn't
01/02/11 These are the keys to who will persist
12/19/11 Another Gingrich rebellion
12/12/11 A defining fight for the GOP
12/05/11 A distinct lack of enthusiasm
11/28/11 For GOPers, the winds are beginning to pick up, the horizon is darkening
11/21/11 Today's polarized politics . . . blame FDR and the political scientists
11/11/11The sporting life
11/07/11 Ron Paul, true believer
10/31/11 Why Cain isn't able
10/10/11 GOP starting over
10/03/11 The Forgotten War of 1812
09/26/11 The way we live now
09/19/11 The crisis this time
09/11/11 But what will it mean?
09/05/11 A horse race column: Who might win the GOP nomination and how it might unfold
08/29/11 The vacuum calls
08/22/11 Passion and politics: How Barack Obama and Mitt Romney got crowded into the same dangerous corner
08/15/11 Eleanor's little village
08/08/11 The agony of August
08/01/11 The politics of the impossible: What a country this might be if the political class served the broad interests of the majority
07/25/11 Pennant fever grips 'Burgh
07/18/11 Exemplar of an era
07/11/11 On summer
07/04/11 The soul of the party
06/27/11 What the Secretary said
06/20/11 Romney has big advantages over his rivals, but they will be coming after him
06/06/11 One question each
05/30/11 The 14-week challenge
05/23/11 Delay tactics
05/16/11 Republicans are waiting
05/09/11 Bin Laden is dead. What does it mean?
05/02/11 From nobodies to nominees
04/25/11 The founders left slavery for future generations to settle, and we still haven't fully come to terms with it
04/18/11 From audacious to cautious
04/11/11 Dreaming of space
12/12/10 The GOP takes control
12/06/10 DECEMBER 7
11/29/10 GOP presidential hopefuls already are lining up local supporters in what is now a red state
11/22/10 Burning down the House
11/15/10 Institutions of higher learning are finally beginning to teach important lifeskills
11/04/10 The war has just begun
11/01/10 Echoes of a speech 40 years ago this week still resonate today
10/25/10 50 years ago America chose between two men who were dramatically different --- and eerily similar





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