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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 Feb 12, 2012/ 19 Shevat, 5772

Freedom of loser-ness

By Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mitt Romney’s recent losses to Rick Santorum in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota revealed a truism that Romney might want to study — but not too much!

Parting with one’s dreams isn’t only sweet sorrow, it also can be liberating. Beneath the sorrow and alongside the liberation, one finds not only peace but often oneself.

Put another way, it’s hell to be a front-runner.

The imperative to sustain ­momentum and never stumble isn’t only crazy-making, it’s almost always mistake-guaranteeing. Where can you go but down? Conversely, where can long shots and runners-up go but up? And why not be yourself in the meantime?

Thus, Santorum, whom no one ever expected to do so well, has been more comfortable in his skin, not to mention his sweater vest, than anyone else on the stage. It helps that Santorum really is completely at one with his faith and his principles. Agree with him or not on the issues, he conveys sincerity and that ever-elusive political prod to applause, authenticity.

It is also true, however, that when the presidential nomination isn’t likely to be yours, you are unburdened by expectations. You don’t have to force the giddy optimism of a Reagan morning in America or the shining city on a hill or whatever it was — a good horse? — and can simply be an ordinary human being. (By the way, why can’t America be a great country without being shiny or morning-ish? What’s wrong with a nice matte finish around noonish?)

Both Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul also have enjoyed the freedom of loser-ness. Neither is expected to become the Republican nominee, though both have worthy things to say, notwithstanding the occasional flight to the moon on gossamer wings or, in Paul’s case, the desire to lead a government that, should he win, would no longer be capable of actually operating as one.

Though their styles differ, these two have breezed through debates, caucuses and primaries like a couple of guys pulling an all-nighter in the dorm — full of ideas and coffee, plotting new countries for old men. Not so much Romney, who, poor guy, is listening so hard to coaches and advisers, he must be calling home to ask his wife: “Ann, am I Mitt?”

“I’m not sure, honey. Your voice sounds familiar, but I don’t recognize you on TV.”

For good reason. Romney is dogged by narratives that aren’t really his. His party’s base wants him fighting mad, which is not in his repertoire. Adding to his miseries, he seems to have fallen victim to a phonic tic, saying inappropriate things — telling jobless folks that he’s unemployed or, recently, “I’m not concerned about the very poor,” which he doesn’t mean. Everybody is concerned about the very poor! Everybody.

Suddenly, something shifts in the political universe, and Santorum sweeps three states in a night. Granted, Romney did not spend as much time in those states and the contests guarantee no delegates, but, still, the victor gets to write the story. Santorum beams that he will be the Republican nominee, and, indeed, he has a loyal fan base that Romney will have to win over.

Voila, Romney gives the best speech of his candidacy. He talks about his father and what this country’s promise meant to him, how he sold paint on his honeymoon to pay for the trip and later became the head of an auto company. The speech was touching and sweet and true.

Where have you been, Mitt Romney?

We’ve seen it again and again in concession and farewell speeches. Al Gore was never more splendid than when he conceded to George W. Bush in 2000. The pain and humility of that moment were palpable, and even Gore’s critics couldn’t help but be struck by the power of his grace. Where had that man been?

Ditto John Kerry. And, now, ditto Romney. The moral of the story isn’t that one must lose to win, but that one try to harness the spoils of loss for the road to victory. Those spoils are humility, grace and the freedom to be one’s true self.

In real life, Romney cares about the very poor and spent his missionary years trying to help the less fortunate. To those who know him, he is kind, generous and humble. If Romney could summon the man he is in his quiet time, unhaunted by the cliches of political wizardry, Americans might find that they like him after all.

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