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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 Oct 31, 2011 / 3 Mar-Cheshvan 5772

Why Cain isn't able

By David M. Shribman




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | INTERVALE, N.H. -- Herman Cain is virtually tied with former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts in Iowa and South Carolina. He's running second here in New Hampshire. Some polls have him ahead of Mr. Romney nationally. Everybody's examining 9-9-9, Mr. Cain's simplified tax system. He's the talk of the political world.

And coursing beneath that talk is this question, not verbalized but not answered either: Is Mr. Cain the 21st-century version of Wendell Willkie, the man Harold L. Ickes called the barefoot boy from Wall Street, the political naif who won the Republican presidential nomination in 1940 and ran to the left of Franklin Roosevelt on some issues, or is he a latter-day version of H. Ross Perot, who flared, flamed out, flared again and flamed out again two decades ago?

All three of them -- Willkie, Mr. Perot and Mr. Cain -- used sales pitches that were simple, reasonable, commonsensical. The first two lost their presidential bids. The third almost certainly will do so as well.

In Willkie's case, the draw of FDR was too strong, the New Deal coalition too durable, the times too fraught to permit a romantic fling with a political novice who had the air of being an alluring first date but probably not a strong candidate for marriage.

In Mr. Perot's case, the fact that he was more peculiar than political did him in. Today almost no one admits to having been a Perot supporter in 1992 -- but at one point the Texas billionaire was running ahead of Gov. Bill Clinton in the polls.

Mr. Cain presents a certain appeal even in an uncertain world. He's a businessman, which matches him with Mr. Romney. He is black, which matches him with President Barack Obama. He wants taxes low, which matches him with the tea-party insurgents who dominate the Republican conversation even if they have not created wholesale Republican conversion.

He's not primarily a politician, which can only be an advantage in an age when 11 different polls put public disapproval ratings of Congress at over 80 percent. And he's not Mr. Romney, which for two-thirds of Republican primary voters remains a lure all its own.

So with all that, why do the various establishments -- the political establishment, the Republican establishment, the press establishment and the consultancy establishment -- believe with unwavering conviction that Mr. Cain will eventually become the answer to a trivia question, like Wilbur Mills (Who was the last chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to run for president?) or Endicott Peabody (Which former governor ran for vice president in a New Hampshire primary even though there was no contest for vice president?) or maybe George Romney (Which one-time governor and presidential candidate was the father of another former governor who ran for president?).

First let's ask whether all those establishments can be wrong, or, more to the point, whether they are so entrenched that they are out of touch. In short, is the very fact of establishment disregard a validation of the Cain candidacy?

Maybe. If Mr. Cain does prevail, that certainly will be the case. But he probably won't and it's probably not. The old wisdom of the old order is often wrong -- in fact it almost always is wrong, which is why the Maginot Line didn't work -- but the difference here is that the old order still makes the rules and still has power.

This is not the Republican Party of Mr. Romney's father, when wizened elders controlled the political process the way oldtime hostesses set out the place cards at dinner. But it's not a raucous country potluck either, where anyone can sit anywhere and everyone eats family style. If it were, Mr. Romney, whose principal calling card is experience, would not be the frontrunner and Rick Perry, the Cal Ripken of the Texas capitol, wouldn't still be in the race.

Put another way: Mao Zedong said that a revolution was not a dinner party, but for all the talk of Republican revolution, the GOP is still a dinner party. Mr. Cain is invited, to be sure, but he is sitting below the salt and pizza is not on the menu.

So what accounts for the Cain surge?

An iron law of presidential politics is that somebody's got to surge, and this fall it's Mr. Cain. (Sen. Gary W. Hart had his surge in 1984, Bruce Babbitt had his in 1988, Paul E. Tsongas had one in 1992. None of these Democrats became president.)

This phenomenon is especially strong in this year's campaign, when the frontrunner exudes competence but not compassion, is regarded as smart but smarmy and may be undeniable as a nominee but unsympathetic as a candidate. The openness he expresses to a flat tax even though he's on record saying it is a threat to the middle class is dangerously close to his skepticism of a health care plan he supported and signed into law.

So somebody's got to surge, and given that this is no presidential field of dreams, there is always a premium on the new. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was new once, and she had her moment in the Iowa sun. Mr. Perry was new once, and then he opened his mouth -- or, more perilous for Mr. Perry, he failed to open his mouth during a parade of debates. Now Mr. Cain is new, and he's enjoying an Indian summer of support.

This is going to go on like this for awhile, and the beneficiary almost certainly will be Mr. Romney, electable if not likable. These surges help Mr. Romney's rivals -- the Others, you might call them -- but they don't hurt Mr. Romney. He is steady at about a third of the GOP vote. That's not a lot, but it may be enough. The surges benefit one or another of the Others, but every one of the surges has come at the expense of the other Others, not the former Massachusetts governor.

That's what's happening with the surge by Mr. Cain, already under siege because his tax plan doesn't add up, his comments on abortion are out of synch with the party, and his experience as a lobbyist doesn't square with his profile as an outsider. The first challenge for him is not to win the nomination. First he must avoid becoming another Other.

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


Previously:



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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