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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 Dec. 19, 2011 / 23 Kislev, 5772

Another Gingrich rebellion

By David M. Shribman




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Of all the orthodoxies Newt Gingrich has challenged over the years there is one fundamental but unnoticed orthodoxy he is testing this political season -- and it is one of America's most beloved elements of folklore.

In one fevered month of unbroken, unprecedented and unanticipated ascent in the polls, the former House speaker is taking on perhaps the cardinal principle of presidential politics itself. It's the notion that American chief executives win the White House by undertaking an intimate political rite of passage in Iowa and New Hampshire, winning public support one handshake and one coffee at a time, shaping their views and perspectives one gingham-covered kitchen table conversation and one raucous town meeting at a time, and demonstrating the discipline required for presidential leadership by building a political organization one precinct and one county at a time.

Mr. Gingrich doesn't have the time to do that. His rise came too late in the political season and his political exchequer is too slight to undertake it. But that is almost beside the point. Mr. Gingrich is an insurgent, a self-styled revolutionary, and if he is to topple bedrock principles of politics, then sweeping away one of the myths of politics is an implicit part of his movement -- and an explicit part of his temperament.

Mr. Gingrich isn't the first insurgent to ride a surge into Iowa and New Hampshire. More than a quarter-century ago, in 1984, when former Vice President Walter F. Mondale was the establishment candidate, Sen. Gary W. Hart of Colorado finished second in Iowa and then stunned Mr. Mondale by winning New Hampshire. Mr. Hart campaigned on a platform much like Mr. Gingrich's; his mantra was "new ideas," an intoxicating chant in a party stifled by persistent old ideas and choked by powerful old interest groups.

But the Hart campaign sweated the details. One of the organizational architects of the Hart victory in New Hampshire was Jeanne Shaheen, later elected governor of New Hampshire and now the state's senior senator. Quietly, out of sight of press and politicos, she and Sue Casey built a formidable political machine, perhaps the greatest organized uprising in the state since the Indian Stream Rebellion of 1832-1835.

While Mr. Hart prevailed with a melding of ideas and organization, Mr. Gingrich is operating with only half that formula. His New Hampshire organization, for example, is almost nonexistent, run by a tea-party activist who has been on staff less than two months and whom GOP regulars dismiss as being on the fringe of the fringe. The campaign has about one-eighth as many coordinators as those deployed by the master of organization, the former Bain Capital business consultant Mitt Romney.

That, of course, may mean nothing. Mr. Gingrich may have an insight (or 600 of them) possessed by few others and a campaign message unrivaled in its appeal in a time of economic uneasiness. In fact, that's the entire rationale of the Gingrich campaign, which could be why it has leads in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida -- three of the first four contests. Mr. Romney retains the advantage only in New Hampshire, where he owns a vacation house and where he is a familiar figure because of his four years as the governor of neighboring Massachusetts, his presidential campaign in 2008 and his five years of nonstop organizing.

Mr. Gingrich likes nothing so much as to assail all the assumptions, and he is doing that in the two early states, so much so that established political figures (some of whom once were rebels themselves) see his campaign as an affront to the ethos of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary themselves.

"In New Hampshire, you have always had to run a 'see me, touch me, feel me' campaign," former Gov. John H. Sununu, a Romney supporter, said in an interview. "Gingrich is campaigning through a newspaper endorsement."

Mr. Sununu was referring to the endorsement provided last month by the state's largest newspaper, the Manchester Union Leader, a devoutly conservative publication whose support hasn't always provided the margin of victory.

"A Union Leader endorsement in New Hampshire is very valuable and important but it doesn't necessarily mean you're going to win," former Gov, Pete du Pont of Delaware, who won the paper's support in 1988, said in a telephone conversation. "I noticed that myself."

Mr. DuPont finished in fourth place with 10.7 percent.

The question now confronting Iowa and New Hampshire is whether Mr. Gingrich has cracked the genetic code for running for president, letting poll numbers, debate performances and cost-free newspaper and television interviews trump actual campaigning. He did not, for example, appear in New Hampshire for more than a fortnight after receiving the endorsement of the Union Leader, which for decades has been the torchbearer for the romantic notion that the state's primary is the ultimate expression of press-the-flesh, meet-the-people democracy.

This gambit has been tried twice before. In 1984, the year Mr. Hart rode his insurgency to a Granite State victory, the political experts saw the Democratic contest as a struggle between Mr. Mondale and Sen. John H. Glenn Jr. of Ohio, a former astronaut and symbolic hero of the Camelot years.

Mr. Mondale prepared for Iowa, which he won, and New Hampshire, which he lost, in the hard, traditional way, building a strong organization in Iowa's 99 counties and New Hampshire's 10 counties day by day. Mr. Glenn did not, relying on gauzy television ads and on a bump from the release of the Project Mercury-oriented film "The Right Stuff," which went into wide distribution three days before the Iowa caucuses. Mr. Glenn finished fifth in Iowa, behind even Sen. Alan Cranston of California, and third in New Hampshire.

The only success for a no-campaign campaign came 48 years ago, when Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona and Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York battled throughout January and February of 1964 only to see a write-in campaign for former Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. of Massachusetts gather inexplicable support in March. Lodge, the American ambassador to South Vietnam, never came closer to Concord or Manchester than the outskirts of Saigon but won the New Hampshire primary with nearly 36 percent of the vote.

Now Mr. Gingrich is challenging the traditional rhythms again. It's a high-stakes gamble but, then again, that's the kind Mr. Gingrich likes best. That's also why he has surged to the front of the polls.

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


Previously:



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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