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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 May 30, 2011 26 Iyar, 5771

Hermanator II: No More Mr. Gadfly

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I would like to think that I am a pioneer in the field of Hermaneutics.

Ever since Herman Cain stole the show at the first Republican presidential debate, I have been a fan of the pizza man, who also goes by “The Hermanator” and Citizen Cain. If asked whether he has a chance, my instinct as a Cainiac would be to blurt out “Yes, he Cain!” — but I am not Abel, because my editors would raise Cain.

It turns out I have a lot of company in my affection for the guy from Godfather’s Pizza. A nationwide Gallup poll released Thursday shows Cain with 8 percent support — besting Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum, and within striking distance of front-runner Mitt Romney, who had just 17 percent.

The Democratic National Committee has begun to take Cain seriously, issuing a “Rapid Response” Thursday to a claim he had made.

“Is Herman Cain being underestimated?” Politico asked breathlessly. “Could he actually win the Republican nomination?”

Much as I’d like to think this surge is about the magnificence of the man, the Cain phenomenon is less about the Hermanator than about his competitors, or lack thereof. Gallup judged Romney to be “arguably the weakest frontrunner in any recent Republican nomination campaign,” and Rich Lowry summed up the mood with a May 24 article titled “The Republican Field: Is This It?”

Certainly, there are things to like about Cain — particularly his fearlessness: “I support Ryan’s plan 100 percent,” Cain said on Fox News. He further said people should be “talking about the fact that the centerpiece of Ryan’s plan is a voucher” — a word the plan’s author, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), shuns. Responding to belittling of his candidacy by conservative gatekeepers Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer, Cain told the Daily Caller: “I’m not running to become president of the establishment.”

Yet there is no escaping a sense that the Hermanator is not ready for his starring role. When he formally launched his campaign on May 21, he proclaimed, “We need to reread the Constitution,” referring to “a little section in there that talks about ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ ” That’s from the Declaration of Independence.

The next day, on Fox, he was asked about the Palestinian “right of return” under a Middle East peace settlement. “The right of return? The right of return?” he asked. He later admitted: “I didn’t understand.” Earlier, in the Republican debate, Cain acknowledged he had no Afghanistan policy and couldn’t define victory in Afghanistan. There’s also Cain’s unguarded mouth (he’s still walking back his assertion that he would not hire a Muslim for his Cabinet) and his barebones campaign apparatus (he fielded a question from Chris Wallace about why his Hermanator PAC had only $13 at the end of March).

Another year, any one of these would have doomed Cain to the asterisk status of Alan Keyes or Morry “The Grizz” Taylor — but not this time. Just before the poll finding Cain in the thick of the Republican race, Gallup released results showing that Cain has the highest “positive intensity score” in the field, meaning his supporters were more passionate than those of Romney and the rest.

Mike Huckabee had generated enthusiastic support, but he said he wouldn’t run, joining the long list of big names on the sidelines: Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Donald Trump, Bobby Jindal, Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, John Thune and Chris Christie, who quipped, “Apparently, I actually have to commit suicide to convince people I’m not running.” At a session with reporters on March 23, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suggested that his friend Ryan run (he isn’t interested), but somebody turned the question on Cantor:

“Would you run?”

“Absolutely not.”

“And why not, sir?”

“I have no intention or desire to run. That’s why.”

Among those who do have the desire, it isn’t necessarily mutual. Michele Bachmann announced plans to raise $240,000 in 24 hours but came up about $80,000 short in that time frame. Sarah Palin has tried to stir up interest in a candidacy by announcing a national bus tour — but her support has slipped in Iowa and New Hampshire. And Romney? When Mason Dixon pollsters asked Americans which candidate they would most like to have lunch with, only 9 percent said Romney, compared to 10 percent for none of the above.

You don’t need a degree in Hermaneutics to know the pizza guy would make an excellent lunch date.

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Previously:



05/24/11How Obama has empowered Netanyahu
05/24/11 Pawlenty bends his truth-telling
05/20/11 Default deniers say it's all a hoax
05/18/11: Gingrich gives voice to moderation
05/17/11: Donald Trump and the House of Horrors
05/16/11: The medical mystery of Mitt Romney
05/12/11: The body impolitic: Schock photos should tempt lawmakers to cover up
05/10/11: Muskets in hand, tea party blasts House Republicans
05/09/11: The GOP debate: America -- and the party -- needs the grown-ups
05/05/11: Mitch Daniels, an alternative to scary
05/03/11: Obama's victory lap
05/02/11: How the journalist prom got out of control
04/28/11: Obama's birther day: Why did he lower himself by appearing in the briefing room?
04/27/11: Obama, lost in thought
04/24/11: Andrew Breitbart and the rifts on the right
04/22/11: Ten Commandments for 2012
04/21/11: Obama likes Facebook. Facebook likes Obama.
04/18/11: Without Nancy Pelosi, Obama is adrift
04/15/11: If progressives ran the world
04/14/11: Faith in political apostasy
04/13/11: One man's revolution is another's political expediency
04/11/11: Shutdown theatrics
04/06/11: Paul Ryan's irresponsible budget
04/05/11: Robots in Congress? Yes, we replicant!
04/04/11: Robert Gibbs, Facebook and the White House corporate placement service
04/01/11: Haley Barbour, the fat cats' candidate
03/31/11: Republican freshmen in House shut down compromise, and possibly the government
03/30/11: Coburn and Durbin, the dynamic duo of the debt crisis
03/28/11: The Obama doctrine: A gray area the size of Libya
03/24/11: Dems as Weiners
03/23/11: Obama's quick trip from tyrant to weakling
03/17/11: Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren?
03/15/11: The underwear flap over Bradley Manning
03/10/11: In Senate's debt debate, talk isn't cheap
03/09/11: With Obama's new Gitmo policy, Administration officials had some 'splainin to do
03/02/11: Issa press aide scandal is like bad reality TV
02/25/11: Jay Carney: Mouthpiece for an inscrutable White House
02/14/11: The Donald trumps the pols at CPAC
02/09/11: Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation


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