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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 Nov 9, 2011 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Romney, beware: Cain may bob through the straits

By Michael Smerconish



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Herman Cain's problems do not bode well for Mitt Romney. That sounds counterintuitive. If the two men are really battling for the lead in the GOP nomination, you'd think Cain's loss is Romney's gain. But the Cain voters have already taken a pass on Romney, and if past missteps didn't evaporate Cain's base, this might not either.

For the last week, Cain has conducted a tutorial on how not to handle a political crisis. Contrary to talking-point pundits on the right, Politico is not some left-wing website. It is a balanced, well-written clearinghouse for all things political. In fact, Politico would have been derelict in its duty had it not pursued a story about money being paid to an accuser of a presidential contender based on a complaint of sexual harassment from when he was with the National Restaurant Association.

For 10 days, Cain ducked responding to Politico, and finally, last Sunday, he was confronted by reporter Jonathan Martin outside the CBS studios where Cain was appearing.

"I'm not going to comment about two people that you won't tell me who they are. That's like negotiating ... I'm not going to comment on that, because ... I think that's one of those kinds of things that ... Have you ever been accused of sexual harassment?" Cain said.

The implication was that Cain did not know who or what Martin was talking about.

That night, Politico published its story under a byline shared by four of its reporters. A Cain spokesman continued the charade when he went on "Geraldo" and said that the allegations were an attack on Cain from inside the Beltway, while refusing to deny the substance of the report.

On Monday, the story exploded, and Cain himself went on Fox News and denied knowledge of any settlement.

"If the restaurant association did a settlement, I wasn't even aware of it and I hope it wasn't for much," Cain said. "If there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other officers at the other offices who worked for me at the time."

Then he reiterated those comments midday in front of National Press Club, where he said he was "unaware of any settlement."

Watching the peeling of this political onion, I tweeted an observation:

"One key Cain Q: was he still head of NRA when cases settled? If so, surely he knew that, making today's statement dubious."

My point, based on years of practicing law, was that there was no way the National Restaurant Association would have settled any claim without his knowledge and consent, assuming he was still at the organization when the dispute was concluded.

Later that same day, he completely changed course and told Greta Van Susteren that the matter "ended up settling for what would have been a termination settlement," meaning his prior statements that same day were untruthful. By the time he was interviewed that night by Judy Woodruff, he was playing a Clintonian game of definitions, only this time it is not dependent on the meaning of "is" but rather, the definition of agreement.

"I was aware that an agreement was reached. The word 'settlement' vs. the word 'agreement,' you know, I'm not sure what they called it," he said.

His handling was pathetic. And you can add his name to the long list of politicians whose response to a negative situation dwarfs the underlying facts.

What he should have done was speak truthfully from the outset. He could have: (1) acknowledged that he was the subject of a complaint; (2) denied that he engaged in any improper behavior; (3) said that because money changed hands does not mean that harassment occurred; and (4) said that he was barred from speaking further.

Instead, his attempts at diversion kept the story alive, and provided motivation for the women to come forward. The fact that one payment was for only $35,000 could be his eventual undoing, as that is a small sum for a claimant to risk losing by speaking publicly.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that this is all to Mitt Romney's gain. Not necessarily so. Just as the other Cain faux pas have failed to thwart his progress, thus far, he appears no worse for the wear.

Cain wasn't slowed by his inconsistent statements about whether he would negotiate the release of hostages with terrorists; or telling CNN that he opposed abortion but didn't believe the government should have a role when rape or incest were involved; or the fact that the Tax Policy Center projected his 9-9-9 plan would actually raise taxes on 84 percent of Americans; or when Bloomberg News calculated that, contrary to Cain's assertion of revenue neutrality, the plan would lessen government intake. Not even his lack of knowledge last week as to whether China is a nuclear superpower appears to be a setback.

Conservative pundits have been standing with him against the harassment charges. And the GOP base is following along.

In the first survey based on questions asked since Politico's story broke, Rasmussen showed that Cain has the support of 33 percent in South Carolina compared with Romney's 23 percent. A Suffolk University poll released Tuesday night showed him tied with Romney in Florida, while a Des Moines Register poll last weekend showed him similarly positioned in Iowa. There was also a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday (but conducted mostly before the scandal broke) that had him leading Romney by seven points in a head-to-head matchup.

And so what is the real takeaway? That among a certain GOP base, such is the reluctance to support Mitt Romney that they will turn a blind eye to information that would doom a candidate in any other contest.

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Previously:


11/02/11 Where there's ad smoke, there's … what?
10/20/11 After husband is murdered, 30 long years of phone calls
10/13/11 Black women should only marry out of their race?
08/31/11 Some political gaffes really say something
07/27/11 An overture of candidates' theme songs
06/28/11 Where's the app for common sense?
06/02/11 Over-scrutinizing lives costs us potential leaders
04/19/11 Taking a chance to say, ‘Hi’
04/06/11 Race policies should be altered to reflect new demographic reality
11/10/10 Delaware's independent, but short-lived, voice
11/03/10 Papers should leave endorsing to others
10/21/10 Media help to hype perception of bullying
09/23/10 Officer down, killer hyped up
08/04/10 Documents highlight Pakistan's shortcomings as a U.S. ally
07/06/10 On taking back Sept. 11
06/29/10 Name elite corps to develop energy independence?
04/21/10 New account reinforces a serviceman's valor
03/11/10 Medical profession must police itself better
02/18/10 One-trick athletes
02/09/10 Active, retired law officers should be able to carry guns on planes to help stop terrorists
02/04/10 How to bring tech up to speed
01/28/10 Campaign donations must be fully and immediately disclosed online
01/07/10 The flying emperor still has no clothes, and no one is willing to say so
12/24/09 A law to mandate college football playoffs?
12/17/09 Cheney's abuse of freedom of speech
11/26/09 The true cost of freedom from anxiety
10/27/09 If GOP wants to win in 2012, it must reshape its primary process
10/08/09 It's time to get smarter on extended school day
09/03/09 What a summer of eulogizing flawed public figures reveals about society
08/12/09 It's time for cyclists and motorists to reconcile
08/05/09 Faces have changed, but vitriol remains
06/25/09 Fair comment or foul? Warm up the Muzzle Meter
06/08/09 Believability is key in crime-hoax villains
05/14/09 Did Hollywood inspire the meltdown men?
04/20/09 Let's give killers their due: Anonymity
03/12/09 Uninsured who can't afford medical care lose a lot more
02/06/09 My debate with Musharraf on hunt for bin Laden
01/29/09 Torture must remain an option
01/15/09 Making a case for suing Madoff
12/22/08 A difficult but rational chat about ‘plans’
12/17/08 Facebook epidemic: More than 120 million have joined, many too old for this nonsense
12/01/08 The high price of downsizing the news biz
11/14/08 Prescience on greed, arrogance of a system
09/29/08 Closer look at party lines
08/26/08 Obama's pick creates GOP opportunity
08/21/08 Fishing with the Angry Everyman
07/31/08 The perils of e-mail: Ponder, then click
05/22/08 Two very different sides of the Internet
02/12/08 Sublimely ridiculous suits
11/28/08 Cell phones cut out secondary circle of kinship
09/26/07 What do we owe those who have died in Iraq?
08/30/07 A Navy SEAL's gut-wrenching tale of survival
07/30/07 First it was a faux pas, now it's a new word


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