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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 April 4, 2012/ 12 Nissan, 5772

Are women just not that into Mitt?

By Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Mitt Romney “unzipped” is the stuff of cartoonists’ dreams.

The image suggested came from none other than his wife, Ann, when a Baltimore radio interviewer asked whether it’s true that her husband is stiff. Yes, do go ahead and cover the children’s eyes.

“Well, you know, I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out because he is not!” laughed the Mrs.

But, really, should we be talking like this? About unzipping the stiff and letting the “real Mitt” out? Goodness gracious, as Romney would say. What’s next, hot cocoa before noon?

Ann Romney’s comments coincided with the punditocracy’s swoon over her husband’s lack of popularity among the once-fairer sex. (Women have cojones now, you may have heard, while men are ransacking Viagra warehouses. Dots, anyone?) Recent polls show single women under 50 scrambling back into the warm embrace of Barack Obama after a brief flirtation with the Republican boy band — Mitt, Rick, Ron and Newt.

Was it something they said about birth control?

This seems to be the conventional wisdom. Once contraception became a topic of debate, women amscrayed in the other direction. It isn’t as though women haven’t always found the Democratic Party more hospitable, but the brouhaha over whether Obamacare should force religious groups to fund or endorse insurance coverage for contraception seems to have reminded women just how fragile reproductive autonomy is.

It didn’t help that, at the same time, some states moved to force ultrasounds on women seeking abortion; Rush Limbaugh called a young woman a “slut” when she appeared on Capitol Hill to make a case for contraceptive coverage; and the GOP looks and acts like a fraternity of cranky old white men.

But what really gives with the old gender gap? Why are women running away from Republicans if, as Ann Romney insists, they’re really interested in the economy and jobs, not abortions and “free” birth control?

In 12 battleground states where pollsters recently took to clipboards, more than 60 percent of women under 50 prefer Obama over Mitt Romney. Just a few weeks ago, fewer than half of this group said they’d reelect the president. Which means, of course, that things could shift in another few weeks.

Meanwhile, some analysts say that Romney’s decline in popularity among women has to do with his promise to defund Planned Parenthood, which to female ears apparently is tantamount to saying, “Women? They’re so cute when they’re pregnant.”

Defunding Planned Parenthood is, of course, a staple of the Republican diet because some portion of public funds is in the same airspace as women seeking abortions. A guy can’t get nominated by the GOP unless he confesses his disapproval of Planned Parenthood, a thorough exploration of which will have to await a better mood. I’m swinging at the moment.

It nevertheless bears mentioning that Romney has no objection to contraception, as he said during one of the Republican debates. Moreover, the shift in women’s attitudes did not coincide with the birth-control debate.

Counterintuitively, women indicated in yet other polls that they weren’t really that concerned about the birth-control issue and that they did, by a majority, disapprove of what the government was doing in principle.

The public opinion research firm QEV Analytics conducted a private poll for the Catholic Association and found that 59 percent of unmarried women think birth control should be handled like any other drug, rather than offered for free. Among married women, the number was 67 percent.

When asked about the possibility of religious agencies that serve the poor having to shut down because of prohibitive fines, 55 percent of unmarried women said such an outcome would make them question the wisdom of the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate.

Women do not monolithically think with their uteri, in other words; the assumption of which may well be a male projection, so to speak. And though the cumulative effect of these discussions may have swayed some women to stick with the president, to focus only on so-called women’s issues is perhaps to miss the more compelling point and, therefore, in Romney’s case, to miss what needs fixing.

It is entirely possible that women simply aren’t that into Mitt. He’s just not their kind of guy. Health care, taxes, budgets, debt ceilings, capacity utilization, Chinese currency: so important. But at the end of the day — does he have “it”?

His wife says he does, but then she knows the unzipped Mitt. The question for American women is, Do they really want to go there?

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