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 15, 2010 / 3 Tamuz 5770

Republican girl power

By Cheri Jacobus

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Meg Whitman (R-Calif.), Carly Fiorina (R-Calif.), Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) , Sharron Angle (R-Nev.). There are more, but for the first time in memory, there are actually too many to name and count without resorting to Google.

Republican women running for high office are no longer the anomalies they once were. People are no longer surprised that GOP candidates increasingly happen to be female. And smart. And powerful.

True, it has not always been so. Not so long ago, women in Congress and governors' mansions were rare, and Republican women even more so. The scarcity of representation of more than 50 percent of the population (from a gender standpoint) was something to which the nation was rather accustomed, no matter how depressing the statistic. It wasn't so long ago that it was, in fact, too easy to name them and count them without breaking a sweat. Sadly, many men and women were content to accept the status quo, shrugging their shoulders as if to acknowledge, "That's the way it is, always has been and always will be." It's not that it was necessarily acceptable. It's that it simply was the reality.

But the worm has turned.

Far from being the cartoon-character "feminists" of the left who hijacked the term a generation ago, this new, modern slate of GOP female candidates seems composed of true feminists — the modern version. To be successful, inspiring and powerful leaders, these Republican women do not seem to feel an obligation to look like men, dress like men, talk like men or behave like men in order to lead and to attract both male and female voters of all ages. Their authenticity, confidence, competency and femininity liberate them from such silliness the left has used to allegedly "help" women politically, professionally and personally.

Sarah Palin likely didn't know it at the time, but her ascendancy onto the national stage (courtesy of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — G0d bless him!) turned outdated, angry, bra-burning feminism on its ear. She seemed not to know, or at least not to care, that female candidates (particularly Republicans) weren't supposed to be street-smart, pretty, self-made leaders and confident without being "bitchy."

The women on this new slate of GOP female candidates aren't playing second fiddle, either. They are going for the gold, and those on the left and their cheerleaders in the media simply can't get their heads around that notion. Where are the powerful husbands upon whose political career coattails women are suppose to ride? Where are the famous political family dynastic names to carry them over the finish line?

After all, isn't that how so many female Democratic candidates scored their place at the table?

Lacking comfortable stereotypes to successfully pin on modern Republican female political leaders, the left is stymied. The Thatcher-esque self-made women in the Republican ranks in recent years present a challenge for Democrats and the media. These new leaders are mothers, grandmothers, wives, business leaders, CEOs, citizen legislators and activists taking part in public discourse, running for office and supporting conservative causes in a very natural and dynamic American tradition.

While Democrats divide, subdivide, compartmentalize and label women to the point where Democratic women are compelled — or seemingly even required — to first and foremost address so-called "women's issues," as if American women live in an entirely separate country from men, Republicans don't seem shackled to such marginalizing structural limitations. Tax relief, fiscal conservatism, economic growth, job creation, terrorism and, yes, education, top the charts for GOP women as well as GOP men.

The prospects for Republican gains in Congress and across the board this November are exciting indeed. More exciting, but not shocking or surprising, is that Republican women are queued up to make history. Tuesday's primaries and contests earlier this year indicate that voters genuinely want to hear from our female GOP candidates.

Republican women are breaking the old rules, and those on the left who wrote those rules don't like it one bit. But whether the left likes it or not, these would-be ladies who lunch are now ladies who lead.

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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


06/01/10: The petulant president 05/26/10: Party like it's 1994 04/26/10: For animals' sake, or yours 04/19/10: My friend Michael Steele should resign
03/16/10: Waste, fraud and abuse
02/24/10: Put down the shovel
12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus