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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 April 12, 2012/ 20 Nissan, 5772

What Santorum Did Wrong . . . And Right

By Dick Morris




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Immediately after his astonishing finish in the Iowa Caucuses (which he turned out to have won), Rick Santorum could have won the nomination and the presidency. But he got lost in the Evangelical Ghetto. Short of money and needing an organization, Santorum grabbed at the support offered by the Christian right. Suddenly, he had available to him a pre-fab campaign with manpower, media, issue themes, and even some money.

But by entering into their embrace, he also, tacitly, accepted their limitations. He made it impossible to exploit fully the Tea Party base which was also available to him and found that he could not win secular northern and western conservatives. He could only win in the South. Mike Huckabee and Pat Robertson also found the embrace of the Christian right at once empowering and delimiting. Rick Santorum should have learned from their experience.

As southern pastors, neither Huckabee nor Robertson had much choice but to be pigeon-holed by a largely anti-religious media. (Even though Huckabee had been a governor for a decade.) But Santorum, a former Pennsylvania Senator didn't have to go down that route.

He needn't have done so. In 2008, there was no Tea Party movement — Obama had yet to catalyze one. Huckabee had no choice but to go to the Evangelicals. While it was easy for Santorum to get evangelicals because of Romney's support for abortion rights in Massachusetts, he could equally have used Romneycare to pick up Tea Party voters. But the strings to the evangelical community and the accusations, to which their support made him subject, limited his appeal and turned off legions of secular conservatives.

The more he capitalized on the Evangelical support to win Southern primaries, the more anathema he came to be for Northern Republicans and the more attractive Romney became. When Obama turned up his fire on the Republican Party's "war on women," he undercut Santorum's candidacy and made Republicans fear defeat if he were to be nominated. (Why did Obama not wait to make the charge until after Santorum had gained more traction? Big mistake).

But Santorum did two things right: He got in the race and he stayed in it. He never let his mind deviate from the one central reality: That there would be an anti-Romney candidate who would inherit the votes of all his other likely challengers. Palin, Huckabee, Trump, Daniels, and Christie stayed out of a race they might have won because they overestimated Romney's strength. And Bachmann, Cain, and Perry pulled out early without waiting to see if they would inherit the wind at the end. But Santorum showed admirable patience. Working hard, avoiding big spending and debt, and staying on message, he bided his time until the others had left the field or, in Newt's case, absorbed the brunt of the Romney attack, and then stepped up to inherit the anti-Romney vote.

His problem was that he became tainted as the Evangelical candidate which limited his appeal and drove millions of secular Tea Party conservatives back into Romney's arms.

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