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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 28, 2008 21 Shevat 5768

Rudy Giuliani couldn't overcome his pro-choice stance — and GOP losing out

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Rudy Giuliani stood firm with his pro-choice stance, and paid for it.


His front-runner status is a memory. Now he trails in his home state. If he wins Florida on Tuesday, it would be the shocker of the season. If he doesn't, the fat lady of his beloved operas will be singing.


The collapse of Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign would mark a sour finale after a head-turning start. Hard though it is to remember, less than a year ago he had a commanding 25-point lead over the GOP field. That he has finished no better than fourth in the first primaries and won more votes than Ron Paul only once demonstrates how far America's Mayor has fallen.


Yet defeat would be more than just a personal rejection of Giuliani. It would be a stinging rebuke to the brazen idea he represented — that a pro-choice candidate can win the Republican Party's nomination for President. In an election year when "change" is the coin of the realm, a pro-choice Republican nominee would have been dramatic.


It is no accident that since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, only Gerald Ford, in 1976, supported abortion rights when he won party backing. The circumstances around which Ford got the spot — replacing the disgraced Richard Nixon and trying to repair a shattered party — are so exceptional that they prove the rule that the GOP is the pro-life party, just as the Democratic Party is rigidly pro-choice.


The amazing thing is that the bid by Giuliani, the only pro-choice candidate among the Republicans, to upset that dynamic looked as though it might succeed. The combination of his accomplishments in New York, his iconic status from 9/11, big Republican losses in 2006 and the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency added up to a rare opportunity to break GOP orthodoxy and reshape the political landscape.


If Giuliani had pulled it off, the Republican Party would have changed in one of two fundamental ways.


First, and more likely, it would have expanded its base to include new voters, especially many younger women who trust it on fiscal and security issues but shun it because abortion is their litmus test. Democratic turnout in the primaries has been about 56% female and hit 59% in Nevada, owing in part to Hillary Clinton's historic candidacy but also reflecting the party's female-heavy, pro-choice base.


Consider, for example, that there is no woman in the GOP with a status comparable to Clinton's or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's. On gender, the GOP stands in perfect contrast to Democrats. Republican turnout this year has been 57% male.


The gap is not immutable. If Republicans featured a pro-choice nominee, they could start to make inroads in blue and swing states by attracting white suburban women who increasingly decide close elections.


The other possible scenario under a Giuliani nominee is far less rosy for the GOP. The party might have fractured, with a faction of pro-life groups making good on its promise to back a third-party candidate.


That could have meant a generational realignment with immediate consequences. Democrats would win the White House this year, no matter who they nominate, and would score big majorities in Congress. There would be no counterweight to liberal tax and social policies and Democratic judges would change the federal courts. Among other results, even the modest restrictions on abortion rights would likely be jettisoned.


Giuliani was hardly the perfect messenger to challenge the pro-life lock on the GOP. He has been married three times, the last coming after a public affair and a brutal divorce. He is apparently estranged from his children. He bunked with a gay couple when his former wife kicked him out of the mayoral home. He sided with former President Bill Clinton in the battle with Republicans over gun control. He once endorsed Mario Cuomo, the Democratic antichrist of his time. The long list of negatives includes his close association with the now-disgraced Bernard Kerik.


Then there is abortion itself. Giuliani's path to the pro-choice barricades was tortured, but there is zero chance he would have been elected mayor of New York had he been on the other side. He proclaimed his support for abortion rights so many times during his mayoralty that his brief attempt to fudge in the presidential race made him look conniving and weak.


Now comes the final verdict. Assuming Florida finishes him off, he will have few prospects in his party. More significantly, his party will have fewer chances to redraw the political map.

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Michael Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Daily News. Comment by clicking here.


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