In this issue

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 June 1, 2011 / 28 Iyar, 5771

Romney's primary path

By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | With the visceral negativism of politics today, candidates must advance masked by the shadows of their opponents. For example, Obama could achieve credibility and strength in 2007-08 only when attention focused on Hillary. When the spotlight shifted to him in April and May of 2008, he nearly lost the nomination amid the Rev. Jeremiah Wright affair. In the general election, it was only because the focus was on Bush and the economic crash that he was able to win.

Mitt Romney has advanced to clear front-runner status in the shadow of Donald Trump. While the world wondered in February, March and April if the billionaire would run, Mitt consolidated his hold on a quarter of the GOP primary vote. When Newt Gingrich's announcement was drowned out by controversy, Romney quietly took his share of Huckabee's and Trump's would-have-been voters.

Now, it appears that Romney will dwell in Sarah Palin's shadow as she tours the country flirting with a presidential run. The brickbats she will likely attract from her numerous, sexist, leftist critics will dominate the media while Romney goes quietly about his business of fundraising and organizing in the key early states.

The Palin shadow will also fall over those who are scrambling to build their candidacies from scratch. Michele Bachmann will be hardest hit as Palin breathes up all of her oxygen, polarizing American women and leaving little room for the articulate, charismatic congresswoman to get attention. Nor will the Palin tour leave much for Herman Cain, whose Tea Party-based candidacy has shown signs of taking off lately. Neither they nor Pawlenty, Santorum or Huntsman will get much in the way of publicity as all eyes shift to Sarah.

Will Palin run? Perhaps. Can she win the nomination? No way on earth. While Republicans — including this one — like her, we fear that her negatives are so deeply entrenched that they would hobble her candidacy from its outset. Were she to win the nomination, we all worry that her negatives would reelect Obama for another four disastrous years.

In my April poll of Republican primary voters, I asked which candidates had too much baggage to get elected. Trump led in this dubious category with 45 percent, followed by Gingrich at 34 percent and Palin at 27. No other candidate was in double digits.

Republicans, this year, are more interested in pragmatic viability than in ideological purity. So they are willing to vote for a Mitt Romney even though he is seen as the candidate least likely to repeal ObamaCare, because 35 percent believe he is the most likely to beat Obama. Republicans regard the election of 2012 as so critical to the future of America (and they are right) that they are worried about taking a chance on someone whose own negatives could sink the campaign.

Ultimately I believe that Sarah Palin knows all this and won't actually run. She will be what Colin Powell was in 1995 — the center of massive speculation that did not lead to an actual candidacy. But just as Bob Dole advanced steadily to win the 1996 Republican nomination while the hoopla surrounding Powell distracted all attention, so Romney advances masked by the shadows of first Trump, then Gingrich and now Palin.

And despite his obvious shortcomings — RomneyCare and his flip-flops over abortion — there is one big thing about Mitt that recommends him: He's been vetted. He's been around the track before and has had to survive the glare of national publicity. Any big negatives would have come out in January and February of 2008 in Iowa and New Hampshire. The negative researchers have done their best — and their worst. Who knows how the lesser-known, first-time candidates will fare in the vetting? Is one of them a potential John Edwards? How are we to know? Romney's big edge is that he seems safe. And compared to the perils of a Trump or a Palin candidacy, that's pretty important.


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