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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 Nov. 12, 2008 / 14 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

GOPers must get a visionary — and quick

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Ordinarily, the identity of the party chairman doesn't matter very much. The proof of this is that the current chairman of the Republican National Committee is Mike Duncan. I hadn't heard of him, either.

This is because the president is always the leader of his party. The leaders in the House and Senate usually play this role for the opposition party.

But for at least the next two years, the Republicans in Congress will be, for all practical purposes, irrelevant. Democratic majorities in the House and Senate are so large the only restraint upon them and President Obama will be public opinion. How far to the left can they go without risking a backlash?

The party chairman is usually mostly a fund-raiser and a technician. But this is one of those rare times in history when the chairman of the Republican National Committee will have to function as the chief spokesman for the party, it's primary public face.

The traditional roles will be more important than ever, too. Republicans got creamed in every phase of the game by a superbly run Obama machine, which isn't going to go away anytime soon. Democrats raised vastly more money. Democrats were far better at contacting voters — especially young voters — and getting them to the polls. Democrats pioneered new technologies while Republicans remained stuck in the past.

Republicans are intellectually out of gas. Ronald Reagan was a great president. The principles he espoused so well are timeless, and Republicans have paid a steep (but well deserved) price for having deviated from them. But Ronald Reagan is dead, and repeatedly invoking his name will not bring him back. We need leaders who can look forward as well as back. And for the time being, the most important place to have such a leader is as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

The RNC will select a new chairman soon. The new leader needs to be a man of ideas and vision who can communicate them well, and a superb fund-raiser who is comfortable with the new technologies. But Ronald Reagan is, as I've noted, unavailable, and Superman and Batman exist only in comic books.

But there is a man whose time has come, or, rather, returned.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has character flaws that would keep me from supporting him for high elective office (I can't stand the way he treated his first two wives). And as Speaker, he was a mediocre legislative leader.

But if Mr. Gingrich wasn't much good at exercising power, few have ever been better at knowing how to get it. As a legislative guerrilla, Mr. Gingrich was without peer. He understood the power of ideas. He had lots of ideas, and knew how to market them. Few have been more successful in raising money for an out of power party than he was. It was Mr. Gingrich, not Reagan, who was responsible for the GOP takeover of Congress in 1994, which almost all observers at the time thought was impossible.

Mr. Gingrich is experienced in the ways of Washington. But — perhaps because he is a natural outsider — he hasn't gone native, as so many of the Republicans who came to Washington in 1994 did.

As noted above, Mr. Gingrich is not without his flaws. He's terrific at thinking up and expressing ideas, not so good at getting them implemented into legislation. But the job of Republican National Chairman is one in which his strengths would be amplified, his flaws less consequential. And there is no one else out there who comes remotely close to him in providing what's needed in an RNC chairman now. Mr. Gingrich should appoint as his deputy the young, brilliant, Web-savvy Patrick Ruffini. Mr. Ruffini and a group of under 40 GOP operatives already have prepared a sensible ten point plan to use the Internet as effectively as the Obama campaign used it this year.

The silver lining in the kind of defeat the GOP suffered this year is the impetus it gives to clearing out the deadwood. With Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Ruffini at the helm, the now moribund Republicans could come back to life faster than almost anyone now expects.

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