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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 April 2, 2012/ 10 Nissan, 5772

Romney's roadmap: Doing better in Democratic states may complicate his fall campaign

By David Shribman




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's not difficult to analyze Campaign 2012. A kindergarten pupil could do it if he followed these simple instructions:

Take a map of the United States and three crayons. Color the states Mitt Romney has won so far in red. Color the states Rick Santorum has won in blue. Color the states Newt Gingrich has won in green. Then look at the results.

You'll see that Mr. Romney's states replicate almost exactly the states Barack Obama won four years ago. Almost all of Mr. Santorum's states line up with the states John McCain took. Mr. Gingrich's two states also went for Mr. McCain.

That leads us to these twin conclusions: Mr. Romney is weak where the Republicans are strong and strong where the Republicans are weak. Mr. Santorum (and Mr. Gingrich) shows strength in Republican areas and weakness in Democratic areas.

There are few nuances in these results. Mr. Romney has lost three states that have voted Republican 11 consecutive times and one state that voted Republican each of the last 12 times except for 1976, when a Southerner, Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia, was on the ballot. He lost two states that have voted Republican 10 of the last 12 times. Not every presumptive Republican nominee can claim that.

To take this analysis to the next level: Mr. Santorum speaks to the GOP base for the general election in 2012, Mr. Romney to areas where Republicans will likely struggle in November.

That's the easy part. The hard part is figuring out whether Mr. Romney's profile is a prescription for winning the general election or a roadmap to disaster.

Let's take the dark side for Mr. Romney first. By basically relinquishing the South, the party's modern base -- losing six of the eight states of the Old Confederacy that have voted -- Mr. Romney has displayed a dangerous inability to speak the rhetoric and speak to the issues that made the GOP the party of governance for much of the period 1969 to 2009.

Mr. Romney shows special weakness in the states Mr. McCain carried in his losing effort four years ago -- and not special strength in two of the key Obama states that will be critical in 2012, Ohio and Michigan, where the former Massachusetts governor's margins were very thin. This is a formula for a very challenging Republican general election campaign.

Now let's look at the rosier side for Mr. Romney. If all those states were all that loyal to the Republicans for all that time, why should a Republican be fearful of his prospects in 2012? Can anyone plausibly argue that Kansas and Oklahoma, each with perfect Republican results since 1968 and each with a Republican governor and two Republican senators, will vote for Mr. Obama this fall after having spurned Mr. Romney in the winter?

Indeed, can anyone plausibly argue that any Republican nominee, even if it is Ramona Quimby -- even if it is her friend Beezus -- will fail to win Louisiana (which Mr. McCain took with nearly 59 percent) or Mississippi (Mr. McCain's score: 56 percent), both of which Mr. Romney lost?

By this reading, you might even argue that Mr. Romney has very cleverly leveraged his time and money to win states he must take in November -- Ohio and Michigan, of course, but also Washington, Nevada, Florida and Virginia, all of which were in the Obama column in 2008. Very clever, those Boston boys.

Of the two reckonings, the latter -- favoring Mr. Romney -- may be more nearly correct. But that doesn't mean Mr. Romney doesn't have high hurdles, maybe even trouble, ahead. A Gallup poll last month found that only about a third of Republicans said they would enthusiastically back Mr. Romney in November. That's a dangerous number; presidential nominees count on enthusiastic backing from their parties, the better to get out the vote and to raise money.

In his campaigning leading up to Tuesday's Wisconsin Primary, Mr. Santorum made a statement that should send chills through the headquarters of Team Romney in Boston's North End, located poetically across the street from the old Polcari restaurant, a favorite of Mr. Romney's 1994 Senate opponent, Edward M. Kennedy.

"Pick any other Republican in the country -- he is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama." Mr. Santorum said in Franksville, Wis. "We need someone who can go out and rally the Republican base."

That is true. But the party also needs someone who can win several of the Obama 2008 states, including Virginia and Florida, both of which Mr. Romney took. And Mr. Romney might take comfort in the 2008 map and seeing that Mr. Obama won several states -- New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, California and others -- that he had lost to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries.

So the topic now changes to what Mr. Obama was able to do in 2008 -- and what Mr. Romney must do four years later.

Campaign staffs always feud, so the frosty relationship between the Romney and Santorum camps can be dismissed as a factor in the general election. It is possible to argue that Ms. Clinton's resentment of Mr. Obama as an arriviste was stronger than Mr. Romney's personal dislike of Mr. Santorum. So if Mr. Obama and Ms. Clinton were able to find common cause in 2008, surely Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum can do the same.

The political differences between the 2008 Democrats were arguably less distinct than those between the two leading 2012 Republican contenders, though. And while the differences between supporters of Mr. Obama and Ms. Clinton were minimal -- reminiscent of those between supporters of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Sen. Eugene McCarthy in 1968, more emotional than rational -- the tensions between Romney and Santorum supporters are significant.

Mr. Romney will need Santorum supporters if he wins the GOP nomination in Tampa this August. He'll need them to boost turnout, to provide campaign labor and to infuse his drive to the White House with the passion his campaign has not yet displayed.

A truce between the principals is possible, even likely. A truce among their followers is a different challenge entirely -- and indispensable to whatever map the Romney team puts together when it crafts its election strategy this summer.

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


Previously:



03/26/12 Romney struggles with same GOP forces his father faced long ago
03/19/12 The writer and the president
03/12/12 Romney could learn from his rivals after Super Tuesday
03/05/12 The GOP race continues, and Republicans continue to grouse about their choices
02/27/12 The turnout threat: when voters vamoose
02/20/12 The Winter's Tale: Republicans are engaged in a 'problem play,' full of psychological, and real, drama
02/13/12 Which Ike to like?
02/08/12 A tale of two elections: Voters today are making their most profound choice since 1912
01/30/12 Whither the GOP establishment?
01/23/12 The Democratic coalition is breaking up
01/09/12 The verdict that wasn't
01/02/12 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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