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December 2, 2014

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 Dec. 14, 2011 / 18 Kislev, 5772

How Gingrich stole Mitt's Christmas

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | 'Twas two weeks before Christmas, and all through Romney's house, All the creatures were stirring, even the wireless mouse.

"Beat Obama" plans had been hung by the chimney, free of cares, The nomination, they were sure, soon would be theirs.

But on the 24/7 news there arose such a chatter, That Romney couldn't figure out what was the matter.

"Frontrunner" had once seemed Mitt's real first name.

But then he threw a Grand Old Party -- and nobody came.

Now he's struggling to answer a quiz he can't pass: How did The Gingrich Steal Mitt Romney's Christmas?

Here's how it happened. And maybe (just maybe) here's how former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's seemingly runaway bandwagon may yet end up in the litter-loaded ditch that parallels the 2012 Campaign Trail.

It took a team effort to stall Frontrunner Romney's wagon. Romney, of course, played the key role by successfully communicating one overarching message to all audiences: I agree with you. Whoever you are, whatever you think. From his Massachusetts moderates to the evangelically inspired conservatives who are drawn to GOP primaries and caucuses.

It mostly helped that Romney looked like Central Casting's idea of a straight-arrow preppy politico. Except when his script called for him to act tough by blasting President Barack Obama or tweaking a fellow GOP debater. Then poor Romney only looked uncomfortable, like he was trying to throw a punch in a street fight while keeping his pink Polo sweater draped over his shoulders.

No wonder three-quarters of the Grand Old Partygoers had brief flings with all the Un-Mitts -- until they made themselves late-night punch lines.

Meanwhile, outside the center spotlight, Gingrich kept performing his lifelong act, combining his time-tested glibness with his zeal for demagoguery. It's his way of feeding the frustrations of the far right and the fed-up center. All folks who can be easily lured into dancing to any populist piper's tune. And lo, Newt's shtick seems to be working yet again. A new generation is seeing Newt as an Un-Perry, Un-Cain, Un-Bachmann. The only Anti-Romney who is also un-embarrassing.

But they don't know him well enough. Newt's history is that he's incapable of driving without going over the edge. He is unembarrassed at having taken more than $1 million from Freddie Mac for advising the government-sponsored outfit that helped create and inflate the housing bubble. Now he joins in blasting his old bankroller.

Newt may yet take the wheels off his own bandwagon. Meanwhile, there's a whole village willing to do it for him (see also: to him). They were his once-loyal House Republican lieutenants -- but in just four years, they ousted Gingrich as speaker. Hear them now:

Former Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri called Gingrich "not a reliable or trustworthy leader."

Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina: "He's a guy of 1,000 ideas, and the attention span of a one-year-old."

Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio said when Gingrich was speaker, "everything always seemed to be on fire."

Former Rep. Susan Molinari of New York: "Even though Newt liked to talk about team-building and quality management, the theory he really subscribed to was management by chaos."

Rep. Peter King of New York: "Newt would do what is best for the country. His problem is he often equates what's best for him as what's best for the country."

And the respected Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma: "Having served under him for four years and experienced personally his leadership, I found it lacking often times."

That isn't just political carping as usual -- it is an urgent political warning call.

Attention Republican voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida: Your votes in January's earliest-ever primaries and caucuses could pick the 2012 nominee.

Given today's economic frustration, any Republican nominee could become our next president.

Your failure to heed the warning siren sounded by those who know Newt best could put us all at risk.

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Previously:


11/16/11: Supercommittee's super-sized surrender

11/16/11: Romney talks Texas-tough on Iran

11/03/11: The Silent Majority speaks at last

10/20/11: Outsourcing our democracy; hijacking our holidays

10/13/11: Decline and fall of presidential press conferences

09/28/11: Washington's Monument to broken government

08/17/11: Tax credits for job creation

07/06/11: Obama's on-the-job retraining from Clinton

06/29/11: Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity



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