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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 May 7, 2007 / 19 Iyar 5767

Rudy must play catchup: Debate waffle on abortion could make him toast

By Michael Goodwin


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Al Gore was guilty of it. John Kerry was the master. Hillary Clinton has a family history. But Rudy Giuliani? Not that Rudy Giuliani!


Yep, the former mayor of New York, tough-guy champion of clarity and action, waffled, ducked and dodged in the clutch. Asked a series of straight questions about abortion during the Republican presidential debate, Giuliani proved incapable of giving a straight answer.


Would it be okay with him if the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade? Yes and no. Is he still for public funding of abortion? Maybe. Finally, on his third try, he managed a tortured concession that he supported a woman's right to make her own choice. He said it so hesitantly that I half expected him to apologize afterward.


Somebody said that with his first two answers, he was flip-flopping. Not really. He was being evasive. That's worse. Nobody wants a waffler in the Oval Office, especially in a time of war. Just ask President Kerry. Doubts about Hillary Clinton's strength of conviction have given life to Barack Obama.


That Giuliani's halting performance hurt him among primary voters seems likely, a fact his team tacitly conceded by putting out a press release of his past statements titled "Setting the Record Straight" while the debate was still going on. He probably hurt himself among independents and Democrats, too, because his third answer did not erase doubts caused by the first two.


What is already clear is that Giuliani's dance around directness is a setback for his party. The much-heralded Big Tent idea, that the GOP is big enough for diverse points of view on any topic, seemed a fantasy after Thursday's debate. The Big Tent looked more like a pup tent because Giuliani missed an opportunity to stand up for diversity on a litmus test issue.


Although his relatively liberal views on gun control and gay rights put him at odds with the Republican primary base, Giuliani's support for abortion rights is the real difference maker. As Christie Whitman noted in her book, "It's My Party Too," Gerald Ford, in 1976, was and remains the only GOP presidential nominee to be pro-choice since the Supreme Court's 1973 decision finding a constitutional right to abortion.


With pro-life voters holding a veto on the nominee for 30 years, many observers said Giuliani could never win the nomination. Even as he sprinted to the front of the pack — his lead over Sen. John McCain was 25 points in mid-February — skeptics said conservatives would dump him.


The lead has fallen, and conservatives may be pulling away. But if the debate adds to his slide, I would argue it has more to do with his evasiveness than his position.


His support for abortion rights was never a secret, yet he gained conservative backers for other reasons — 9/11, of course, and his anti-crime, tax-cutting record in New York. He cited Ronald Reagan's adage that somebody who agrees with me 80% of the time is my ally, not my enemy. It's a good line, perfect for his imperfect party profile. Even his messy personal life was largely ignored because he is seen as a leader who would keep America strong. And not waffle in a crisis.


Giuliani has been fudging his controversial positions lately, and he sacrificed more goodwill Thursday by blinking when he had a chance to declare his independence. He could have said what he said on CNN last February. "I am pro-choice, yes," he told Larry King. The sky didn't fall and, most important, he was true to who he is and what he believes. Americans expect that from their President.

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