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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 Nov. 29, 2010 / 22 Kislev, 5771

GOP presidential hopefuls already are lining up local supporters in what is now a red state

By David M. Shribman




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | NORTH CONWAY, N.H. --- There's a blanket of white on Mount Washington, a whiff of snow in the air down here in the valley. Some mornings there's a rime of ice on the ponds, a thin sheet on the windshields. Everywhere in the North Country there is the sense that a change of season -- dramatic, in some ways brutal, in all ways unavoidable -- is in motion.

This is happening here not only in the distant hills but also in the political environment down below, where the change is perceptible, even powerful. Those who held sway have been swept away. A new series of struggles is all but underway.

One of the struggles is for fall -- the very best season here, described by the New Hampshire poet Donald Hall as "the annual dazzle" -- in its November effort to retain its precarious hold despite the advances of winter. The other struggle is more prosaic and political. This is a state of natural splendor, of course, but it also is a state of political engagement.

That political engagement -- the new political season -- is about to start, if it hasn't already.

When the fall campaign began, New Hampshire was the bluest of states, the temptation almost irresistible to describe the political environment as being as blue as the skies in the Presidential Range. When it ended earlier this month, red skies of deep atmospheric change were everywhere.

The two Democratic seats in the U.S. House -- gone. The Democrats' 14-10 advantage in the state Senate -- vanished, the Republicans now holding sway by an astonishing 19 to 5. The Democrats' 222-176 margin in the state House -- obliterated, the new margin being 298 to 102 with the GOP in unambiguous charge.

But there is more. The Executive Committee, a colonial vestige that confirms gubernatorial appointments and every contract over $5,000, had a slim 3-2 Democratic margin when fall began. When it reconvenes in January, the Republicans will hold a 5-0 advantage. The Democratic governor, John Lynch, then will need three Republicans to approve the mere appointment of a justice of the peace.

What this means for the national political picture is clear. The New Hampshire primary, for six decades the first in the country, will be conducted in an atmosphere that has been altered substantially. The Republican candidates' challenge: transferring the energy and passion that transformed the state into a formidable political movement.

Some of this has started. Former Gov. Mitt Romney of neighboring Massachusetts retains a strong presence here and perhaps the strongest political organization. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, unrecognizable in any state beyond Minnesota, has been here several times. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, almost invisible in his own state, came here two days after the election -- his sixth visit thus far, along with seven to Iowa and six to South Carolina -- and soon will be back. Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi has made two trips here, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana one. Former Gov. George E. Pataki of New York, not exactly a political cover boy elsewhere, has a significant presence. The rules are different here.

So is the atmosphere when the political Brigadoon last set up its stage here. The two GOP U.S. House victories and the triumph of former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte in the race to assume the Republican Senate seat being vacated by Judd Gregg gave potential Republican candidates a staging area for their own efforts and gave local Republicans a new burst of energy and empowerment.

All of which is why the 2012 presidential campaign is already stirring here.

"You can't start any faster than the day after the midterm elections, and it started the day after the midterm elections," says former Gov. John H. Sununu, the state Republican chairman and a onetime White House chief of staff. "Those who ran last time have residues of campaigns here. Those who didn't run took advantage of the fact that we were trying to rebuild the party and came and helped."

As a result, a new group of people moved into politics here, developed personal relationships and were infected with the political bug. Some of the big catches as the presidential candidates begin to assemble their staffs: six young people who worked for the state committee, became terrific political operatives and now are coveted potential shock troops for the 2012 primary.

Now that you have read nearly 700 words into a column on the 2012 presidential election and not encountered the name Sarah Palin, it's time to remember that the former Alaska governor has not been in this state since a three-hour tour she made when she was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008. She did endorse Ayotte, despite the Ayotte campaign's efforts to keep its distance, and of course claimed some of the credit for her victory.

New Hampshire may have some surface similarities with Alaska -- the snow on the surface in January, for example -- but this may not be fertile territory for Palin. Unlike the Iowa caucuses, which are a strictly partisan affair, the primary here is open to independents, who in New Hampshire are the biggest voting bloc, comprising about two-fifths of the rolls. With no apparent contest in the Democratic Party, all those independents may surge into the Republican primary, changing the texture and nature of the contest in a way that presents great hurdles for Palin.

Palin's role in the 2012 political calculus is, of course, the biggest variable, because implicit in it is the role of the tea party, the insurgency that provided so much energy for the Republicans even as it sucked so much attention from party regulars. Tea partiers have only now begun to influence the Republican caucuses on Capitol Hill, where they have endangered earmarks and grabbed the political momentum.

Their next target of opportunity is the presidential campaign. The question is whether they can further change a political environment that already is altered considerably -- and whether the race for the White House becomes a race for tea party support in places like Iowa and New Hampshire.

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


Previously:



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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