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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 Dec. 5, 2011 / 9 Kislev, 5772

Romney has the right stuff

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mitt Romney did something oddly appropriate during a post-Thanksgiving interview with Fox News host Bret Baier: He got peeved.

While I wouldn't advise any other candidates to try it on their own campaigns, it added some emotion to a Republican presidential candidate routinely caricatured as a robot -- tapping into the frustration a lot of people have with politics.

It's been, in many ways, a thankless run so far for the former Massachusetts governor. He does everything he's "supposed" to do and typically does it well. And yet, not only is he failing to attract passionate support, this 64-year-old grandfather who has been a pillar to his family, community and country gets to listen as he's called "weather vane," a craven tool of the prevailing political winds. It's no wonder Romney looked like he'd rather be home drinking hot chocolate with his wife instead of doing another interview about his "X Factor"-like competition to be the guy everyone wants to have beer with.

This is what the pre-primary game has become: Stick to script, stay on pitch and you won't get voted off by the chattering class this week. It's not exactly the optimal way to determine who will make the best commander in chief.

And while Romney has changed his position on issues over the years, some of his shifts should come as welcome both to conservatives and other discerning general-election voters.

Romney has said that he came to realize that the Roe v. Wade case and the cultural shifts it brought in its wake have cheapened the value of human life. In this way, his conversion story happens to be true to where we are in history: legal abortion has had a dehumanizing effect on our lives.

For instance In a New York Times Magazine article published in August, a woman explained the relative ease with which she "selectively reduced" one of her unborn twin children: "The pregnancy was all so consumerish to begin with, and this became yet another thing we could control." Even with the best of intentions, human life is becoming just another yes/no option in the marketplace of life.

On these and other issues, my colleague Ramesh Ponnuru makes the case that Romney is not someone conservatives should be depressed about supporting. "It's true that Romney took a sharp right turn when he moved from state to national politics. But it's also true that in 2008 he was the candidate behind whom Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, among other conservative notables, said that the conservative movement should rally in order to stop John McCain from getting the nomination. He has not moved left since that time. His positions on policy questions are almost all the same as they were then. On a few issues he has moved right: He now favors a market-oriented reform to Medicare, for example."

Ramesh adds: "If Romney was to McCain's right then, he is still. He's to George W. Bush's right, too. Bush never came out for the Medicare reform Romney has endorsed. Bush never said that Roe v. Wade should be overturned, either. Romney has. Romney's long list of policy advisers includes people who are, within their fields, roughly in sync with the politics of the Bush administration or to its right; almost nobody is significantly to its left."

And, whatever conservatives think of the state of Romney's ideological soul, if he has a House Speaker John Boehner and a Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he's going to get to do a lot of the things he says he wants to. We are a country deeply disappointed and distressed that Washington doesn't seem to work right. He might just lead a Washington that can get things accomplished.

I don't know how many people made it to the end of that "bad interview," but Romney's winning message was actually on display there. When asked what exactly his vision is, Romney came off in a manner that will, I suspect, resonate with many Americans -- conservative, independent, concerned with what the country will look like in years to come, with what we are leaving our children and grandchildren personally and generationally.

"It's going to be middle class in America again," Romney said, "where people have the conviction that the future is brighter than the past. America has to be strong, with a strong culture, with a strong economy, and a military that's second to none. And we're losing faith in those things." He added: "I want to make America stronger again."

Romney presents himself to voters with the biography of a "turnaround" artist, a businessman who has taken problems and created opportunity, success, and that desperately welcome word: jobs. He has cleaned up messes. Sounds like the kind of guy you'd send to Washington, D.C., right about now, doesn't he?

This may just work.

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