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 January 16, 2008 / 9 Shevat 5768

GOP ought to reconsider power of Reagan coalition

By Jonathan Gurwitz

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The first watchword for this campaign season was change. Then came comeback. At some point, however, the political parties will have to start thinking about the consequences of their choices.

Democrats would seem to have a more formidable consequential challenge. In a contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the party will be nominating either the nation's first African American or first woman candidate for president from a major political party.

Some liberals mired in identity politics fret about the prospects of either one facing a putatively racist and sexist populace. But as the early results suggest, that's really no challenge at all.

Record numbers of voters turned out to caucus and cast ballots for Obama and Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire. The states are among the whitest, with 2.5 percent and 1 percent African American populations respectively, according to the 2000 Census, versus 12.9 percent nationally. And women have no less influence in the rest of the nation than they do in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The far more interesting consequential battle will take place on the GOP side. Four of the five leading candidates pose some sort of threat to the Reagan coalition — the merging of social, fiscal and national security conservatives that has produced three decades of Republican electoral success.

Those labels are somewhat misleading. Few people are single-issue voters. But everyone has a hierarchy of values. The challenge for Republicans is to find a candidate who can generate support in the general election yet who also doesn't pull up the stakes on big-tent conservatism.

Rudy Giuliani and, to a lesser extent, John McCain give social conservatives the willies because of their positions on abortion, gays and embryonic stem cell research. They get their strongest support from national security conservatives.

Mitt Romney has the big business, tax cutting and budget balancing résumé that fiscal conservatives love. However, he lacks the foreign policy credentials that national security conservatives want. And his chameleon-like ability to assume new positions and his just-off-the-yacht air raise doubts among all three conservative groups.

Fred Thompson is tolerably within the limits of the big tent, but his lackluster campaign hasn't inspired supporters.

And then there's Mike Huckabee. You might think that recent experience would nullify the presidential candidacy of a southern governor, especially one from Hope, Ark. But there's something genuinely authentic and appealing about the plainspoken, guitar-playing preacher.

That ineffable "something" counts for a lot in politics. And social conservatives understandably love a candidate who speaks their language. But the consequence of selecting Huckabee as the GOP nominee is the likely break-up of the Reagan coalition.

The problem is not only that his foreign policy gaffes compelled a senior aide to tell CNN that his candidate has "no foreign policy credentials," not only that his populist rhetoric on economic issues is barely distinguishable from that of John Edwards and not only that fiscal conservatives deplore his big-government and tax-friendly inclinations.

The biggest problem is that Huckabee seems content with seeing the big conservative tent fold. In fact, if you believe Huckabee's campaign manager, the Reagan coalition left town a long time ago.

"It's gone," Ed Rollins, a former Reagan advisor, told the New York Times. "The break-up of what was the Reagan coalition — social conservatives, defense conservatives, antitax conservatives — it doesn't mean a whole lot to people anymore. It is a time for a whole new coalition."

It's telling that Rollins, who's as sharp a political tack as you'll find, hasn't elaborated what that new coalition might be.

And even though 2008 is likely to be a punishing year for Republicans, until Rollins or someone else plausibly does so, conservative voters might want to think twice about abandoning a coalition that has won five of the last seven presidential elections and in 1994 put Republicans in control of Congress for the first time in four decades.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.

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