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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 Oct 10, 2011 / 12 Tishrei, 5772

GOP starting over

By David M. Shribman




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | EXETER, N.H. -- No Chris Christie. No Jeb Bush, no Mitch Daniels, no George Pataki. No Paul Ryan either. Nor Sarah Palin. There'll be no reset for the Republicans. The GOP presidential field is set.

So when the Republican candidates square off at Dartmouth College Tuesday night there will be no echoes from the dog that didn't bark. There is no such dog, he has no bark and, because that seems beyond doubt, Tuesday's debate likely marks the beginning of the last phase of the campaign before balloting commences.

This new phase, which will position the candidates before the first caucuses in Iowa and the first primary in New Hampshire, provides the two leading contenders with the challenge of sharpening their positions, solidifying their bases and maneuvering for advantage in the fight for a presidential nomination that, with President Barack Obama's poor ratings, is an even shinier prize than it might otherwise be against an incumbent. It also provides the second-tier candidates with their last, best chance to position themselves to take advantage of the frontrunners' stumbles or to create advantages for themselves.

For all of the reasons that the fantasy presidential campaign of Mr. Christie faced formidable obstacles -- the divisions among Republicans, the strong position of former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, the lingering appeal of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, even the unlikely rise of businessman Herman Cain -- the Tuesday debate and the six weeks between now and the beginning of the holidays are an unusually critical period. The chances of an insurgency prevailing after the turn of the year aren't great. The seeds planted in October and November are the only crops ever harvested in the winter months in Iowa and New Hampshire, whose presidential contests now increasingly are likely to be held in early to mid January.

Mr. Christie is gone but not forgotten. He left behind one legacy, one of the greatest withdrawal lines of all time, when he proclaimed that he dreaded the notion of getting up before dawn on a frosty morning to shake hands at a meatpacking plant in Iowa. That won't dog him permanently. Sen. Walter F. Mondale said in 1974 that he lacked "fire in the belly" and couldn't contemplate an endless series of overnights in Holiday Inns; a decade later, having served as vice president, he won the Democratic presidential nomination.

But the Christie boomlet, one of the shortest on record, highlighted the challenge facing those who remain in the race.

Mr. Christie was admired for his ferocious honesty, an attribute of Mr. Perry but not of Mr. Romney. He married that pugnaciousness with a certain probity, an attribute of Mr. Romney but not of Mr. Perry. He had appeal for establishment Republicans -- few GOP governors of New Jersey, a suburb of Wall Street, fail to ease the worries of the business world, though Gov. James McGreevey, who served from 2002 to 2004, made an honest effort to disprove the rule. And he was potential balm for Republicans who in this season favor a cup of tea party caffeine. The only one who comes close in the bluntness/braininess category is Mr. Cain, who is unproven in politics but unsullied by that deficiency.

The Republican race thus far has been a marathon of heartbreak hills. Some of the broken hearts were produced by harriers who hurried to the sidelines. Some came from runners who lacked stamina for the long haul. Some came from the deficiencies of the runners who remain -- deficiencies that are stubborn metaphors for the contenders themselves.

Mr. Romney remains a candidate who possesses little passion and inspires even less. He is methodical but almost mechanical, a Republican thoroughbred weakened by one of his virtues, his thoroughness. Hardly anybody but the people who have worked for him can work up any enthusiasm for him. He may win because he can. In a political year when the opponent is a weakened, struggling president that may be enough.

Mr. Perry's problem is the opposite. He has enormous passion and inspires even more. He is no thoroughbred, which is at once his greatest asset and weakness. (Americans want their kids to go to Harvard Business School, but not their presidents; the only other Baker Library presidency, that of George W. Bush, did not end well.) But Mr. Perry still has a hunting lodge to explain and a Clayton Williams narrative to live down. Mr. Williams, so much an Aggie that he flew around in a plane painted in Texas A&M maroon-and-white, burst on the Lone Star political scene in 1990, the big-talking challenger in the gubernatorial race to then-state Treasurer Ann Richards. He was defeated narrowly. This analogy has limits, of course, as Mr. Romney is no Ann Richards. But Mr. Perry still must display a depth of thought to accompany his depth of feeling.

All that, plus early indications that voters peeling away from Mr. Perry may be pulled into Mr. Cain's growing orbit, makes this week's debate among the eight -- a "mob scene" in the words of Dartmouth political scientist Linda L. Fowler -- a vital confrontation. The emphasis is to be on the economy, and the candidates will be asked questions about how to improve conditions for middle-class voters, an opportunity for all the contenders to move the party away from the notion, buttressed by Mr. Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill, that the GOP is little more than a gussied-up redoubt for the rich.

It seems as if this campaign has been going on forever. In truth, it begins anew Tuesday night.

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


Previously:



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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