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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 March 29 , 2012/ 6 Nissan, 5772

GOP disillusionment is a good thing

By A. Barton Hinkle




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Every hero becomes a bore at last," wrote Emerson. It is Mitt Romney's bad luck that he has taxed the patience of the GOP without the pleasure of passing through the hero stage first. He has risen to the top like Budweiser — everyone's second choice, who becomes No. 1 by default because your first choice isn't available.

Republicans would prefer stronger stuff. But Mitch Daniels and Chris Christie aren't running, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry flamed out, and Ronald Reagan is still dead. So GOP voters are holding their noses and going with Romney, for the funniest of reasons: They think he has the best chance of beating President Barack Obama. Follow the logic: Democratic voters will renounce Obama to cast ballots for someone Republicans can just barely stand to vote for themselves? Seems iffy.

On the other hand, what other choice do Republicans have? The three remaining contenders are Newt Gingrich (an egomaniac), Rick Santorum (a monomaniac), and Ron Paul (a plain old maniac, from the conservative perspective).

Faced with this situation, some are making the best of it. Ann Coulter has gone out for Romney as she goes in for every issue, with guns blazing. William McGurn of The Wall Street Journal quotes news clips from 1980, predicting that Jimmy Carter would beat Reagan in a rout. Rush Limbaugh says the conservative alternative to Romney might be … Romney. Good cheerleaders root for the team even when it's hopeless.

But the fans in the bleachers — the GOP rank and file — clearly wish they had a better quarterback. And for those who view politics as a team sport, which is a lot of folks, that's perfectly understandable. Beating the other guys is the name of the game.

To grind the analogy into the dirt some more, right now Republicans are still picking their team roster. But wait until it's settled and the general election commences. Many of those who can't think of anything good to say about Romney, other than that he is not Obama, will soon find that is all the reason they need to say all manner of wonderful things about the Republican nominee come fall.

Still, being disillusioned about a candidate before you vote for him beats being disillusioned about him afterward. The latter, alas, is the more general rule. Just look at Obama: During the 2008 campaign he railed against the excesses of the war on terror — Guantanamo, indefinite detention, warrantless wiretapping, military commissions, the Patriot Act. Then he embraced every single one of them. Occasionally you run across a Democrat who stills tries to sell you on the idea that the president can raise the dead and turn water into wine. The vast majority, however, are long past the Obamagasms of 2008.

Democrats certainly aren't unique. When George W. Bush accepted the GOP nomination for president, he told a cheering Republican convention that "big government is not the answer." Then he launched two wars and hiked federal spending 55 percent. While he was in office many Republicans defined "conservatism" as "anything Bush said or did" and "liberalism" as "any criticism of the president." Once he left Washington, though, many of them — particularly in the tea party movement — acknowledged that while his administration was many things, minimalist it emphatically was not.

Bill Clinton promised the most ethical administration in history. He ended up producing one of the most embarrassing. (It's interesting — and too little noted — that so far the Obama administration has produced not one scandal worthy of the name. Operation Fast and Furious and Solyndra don't count — they're the result of bad policy, not a lack of integrity.)

Presidents always disappoint. It's partly their fault, since they routinely overpromise. But that's not the real problem. The real problem is that so many Americans believe the promises, time after time. Like Charlie Brown, they think this time Lucy really won't yank the football away at the last second.

Americans are fooled again and again because they have an inflated sense of what government can do for them, and what government should do for them, which unfortunately diminishes their sense of what they can do for themselves. And politicians encourage this — witness Gingrich's laughable promise to wrestle gasoline prices back to $2.50 a gallon, for example, or Obama's boast (on winning the Democratic nomination in 2008) that "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." Having promised to work miracles, politicians then set out to deliver them. More often than not they create an unholy mess in the process.

It's actually a good thing that Republicans don't view Romney as a man on a white horse with a halo and a pair of wings. On the off chance that he prevails, the public will expect very little. And that's probably what it will get — whether Romney wins or not.

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A. Barton Hinkle is Deputy Editor of the Editorial Pages at Richmond Times-Dispatch Comment by clicking here.


Previously:




03/27/12: Just what America needs: more red tape
03/20/12: Nation wondering: what happening to language?
02/21/12: Culture warriors resort to propaganda
02/15/12: Step away from that cookie and grab some air
02/08/12: Lessons in heresy
02/01/12: Do We Really Need Pickle-Flavored Potato Chips?
01/11/12: Shut up, they explained
12/30/11: A Modest Proposal: Let's Ban All Sports!
12/26/11: A Christmas letter from the Obamas
02/24/11: Will the next Watson need us?
12/24/10: Here Are Some Good Gifts for People You Hate
06/15/10: The Presinator
05/26/10: More than equal
04/08/10: Angry Right Takes a Page From Angry Left but guess who is ‘ugly’?
02/16/10: Either Obama owes George W. Bush an apology, or he owes the rest of us a very good explanation for his about-face on wiretapping
02/03/10: Talkin' to us 'tards
01/27/10: I never thought I'd see the day when progressives would howl in ragebecause the Supreme Court said government should not ban books
01/07/10: Gun-Control Advocates Play Fast and Loose
12/31/09: Nearly everything progressives say about neoconservative interventionism abroad applies to their own preferred policies at home





© 2011, A. Barton Hinkle

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