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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 March 5 , 2012/ 12 Adar, 5772

The GOP race continues, and Republicans continue to grouse about their choices

By David Shribman




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | BOSTON --- So it continues.

Mitt Romney's daily-double followed Rick Santorum's trifecta, and now the contest moves here to Massachusetts and to nine other states that together, in a Super Tuesday rush for delegates, probably won't resolve the Republican presidential race any more than the last two rounds did.

But just because the race isn't resolved doesn't mean it isn't clarified. In the muddle, some things are clearer than ever.

One is that there will be a lengthy Republican race. Another is that the Republicans have class divisions that mirror the ones the Democrats have been contending with for two generations. A third is that the party best positioned in a quarter-century to recapture the White House is so divided that a weak president grows in strength day by day.

This will be a Super Tuesday like few others. The term arose after Southern Democrats, impatient with the leftward drift of a party that seemed congenitally unable to win a national election, clustered the primaries of the Old Confederacy so as to create a regional battle that would work to the advantage of a moderate, business-oriented candidate.

But this is a contest of an entirely different character, mixing the old industrial heartland (and agricultural bounty) of Ohio with the high-tech suburbs of Massachusetts, the granola reaches of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, the energy environs of North Dakota and Oklahoma and the country-music balladlands of Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia. Each of the contenders has a stronghold to defend and dangerous territory to explore.

As they do so -- as they speed from Idaho to the South, and then gird for the ground war in Ohio -- these questions grow in importance:

• What value do Republicans place on party unity?

On the surface, that question focuses on the fissures that two months of hard campaigning have laid bare: between conservatives and moderates, between those who oppose big government and those who aim more at big business, between candidates who play down religion and those who emphasize it.

The Michigan exit polls by Edison Research make these divisions clear. Mr. Romney prevailed among those who said they considered themselves somewhat conservative or moderate to liberal and Mr. Santorum was the clear winner among those who said they were conservative. Mr. Romney showed strength among those with incomes over $100,000, Mr. Santorum with those far less well off. Voters who considered abortion the top issue went with Mr. Santorum; those who emphasized the budget and the economy with Mr. Romney.

But in some ways that is the least interesting, and surely the least surprising, element of the party unity question.

Mr. Santorum found himself in the middle of an illuminating contretemps last month when he admitted he "took one for the team" in supporting the No Child Left Behind legislation. Mr. Romney's forces pilloried him for compromising, the very venal act that Mr. Santorum has accused his rival of performing repeatedly.

All this raises questions, unanswered by both men, of whether a candidate seeking to lead the country should be open to the sort of compromise that created the Constitution they would vow to protect and defend. That's a debate worth having.

• Are the Republicans hurt by this ever-lengthening campaign?

The usual answer is that a long fight strengthens the eventual nominee, but this is not a usual campaign and there are signs this battle is not strengthening anybody but the president. The two principal candidates, plus Rep. Ron Paul and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, are drifting rightward as the calendar turns even though the conventional formula calls for candidates to drift toward the center as the general election nears.

It is a long time till November, though, and in 1960, when Richard M. Nixon won the nomination, the Republicans hadn't even voted in their first primary until later this week. But Republican leaders are worried. They'd rather have a short, crisp race than a lengthy, messy one.

They will have to settle for the latter, and for the consequences. The Republican nominee will have to play the role of the king's horses in Humpty Dumpty, though in this race hardly anyone is sitting on a wall.

Some Republicans worry they are re-living the 1964 Republican race, when Barry Goldwater lost 44 states. They ought to worry instead about whether they are replaying the 1968 Democratic race, when their rivals tore themselves up in the primaries and in a bloody convention and then lost a narrow contest.

• Might it come down to the Pennsylvania primary, and if it does, is Mr. Santorum sunk?

It might, and he probably isn't. All the political pros know Mr. Santorum was routed in his 2006 re-election battle, losing Pennsylvania by 18 points. But that is a rare example of a meaningless truth.

Many Pennsylvania voters do have strong negative feelings about Mr. Santorum, sometimes expressing them with unusual hostility. Almost none of those people will vote in the Republican primary April 24.

Mr. Santorum likely will be the strong favorite in Pennsylvania, though the state's primary sets up as Mr. Santorum's version of the Romney defensive play in Michigan. Just as Mr. Romney would have been seriously wounded had he lost Michigan, Mr. Santorum would be lunch meat if he loses Pennsylvania.

• Is Paul LePage right?

Paul LePage is the injury-prone governor of Maine, known for his attacks on a state labor mural and his willingness to tell the president of the United States to "go to hell." But for all his stumbles, Mr. LePage may have stumbled on an inconvenient truth the other day when he suggested that the Republicans need a fresh face in the presidential race.

That is like saying that a hungry child needs a hearty meal. He may not get it -- and the Republicans may not get that fresh face.

It is awfully late in the contest, even though it is only early March, and the Republicans are surfeited with reluctant warriors, the 21st-century versions of Thomas Paine's summer soldiers and sunshine patriots. The remaining candidates have been saying of themselves: What you see is what you get. Increasingly it's clear that they're saying that of the Republican field as well.

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


Previously:



02/27/11 The turnout threat: when voters vamoose
02/20/11 The Winter's Tale: Republicans are engaged in a 'problem play,' full of psychological, and real, drama
02/13/11 Which Ike to like?
02/08/11 A tale of two elections: Voters today are making their most profound choice since 1912
01/30/11 Whither the GOP establishment?
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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