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  • I Was RFK’s Speechwriter. Now I’m Voting for Trump. Here’s Why.

    09/22/2016 3:28:51 PM PDT · by x · 15 replies ^ | September 21, 2016 | Adam Walinsky
    The Democratic Party has become something both JFK and RFK would deplore—the party of war. I was a Democrat all my life. I came to Washington to serve President John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. When the president was murdered and his brother struck off on his own, I joined his Senate campaign and staff as his legislative assistant and speechwriter, until his presidential campaign ended with his own assassination. I ran on a (losing) Democratic ticket in the New York state elections of 1970. When I was working to enact my own program of police reform in the...
  • Obama paid $400M ‘ransomÂ’ to Iran

    08/03/2016 2:38:19 PM PDT · by x · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 3, 2016 | Natalie Musumeci
    The Obama administration quietly shipped $400 million stacked on wooden pallets in an unmarked plane to Iran in January — just as Tehran was releasing four Americans who had been detained there, according to a report. The huge cash load represented the first payment of a $1.7 € billion debt that Iran, at an international tribunal in The Hague, claimed it was owed over a failed 1979 arms deal signed before the fall of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal Tuesday night.
  • Why our prep-school diplomats fail against Putin and ISIS

    03/15/2015 12:27:25 PM PDT · by x · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 15, 2015 | Ralph Peters
    Why do our “best and brightest” fail when faced with a man like Putin? Or with charismatic fanatics? Or Iranian negotiators? Why do they misread our enemies so consistently, from Hitler and Stalin to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph?
  • Four Factions, No Favorite

    03/09/2014 1:31:54 PM PDT · by x · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 8, 2014 | Ross Douthat
    ... We’re accustomed to a narrative of Republican politics that pits the Tea Party against the establishment, the right against the center right. But that has always been an oversimplification, and in a wide-open presidential campaign, it’s likely to fit political reality more poorly than usual. A better framework is suggested by Henry Olsen, writing in The National Interest, who argues that Republican presidential campaigns are usually defined by four factions rather than two. One faction is centrist (think John McCain’s 2000 supporters, or Jon Huntsman’s rather smaller 2012 support), one is moderately conservative (think the typical Mitt Romney or...
  • Unpopular, sarcastic Obama 3.0 2nd term will not be pretty picture

    10/30/2012 3:35:48 PM PDT · by x · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | Tobe Berkovitz
    Shakespeare was right when he wrote, “What’s past is prologue.” The Bard’s quote provides a solid road map for predicting how Obama will run his presidency if re-elected. During his 2008 campaign and subsequent four years in office there have been three iterations defining the man and his approach to governance. Obama 1.0 is the mythic figure and the now crumbling foundation for understanding how the president was presented by the media and perceived by the public. Candidate Obama circa 2008 was calm, collected and cool — smooth as silk. The mainstream media and much of America were captivated by...
  • Nothing New Under the Sun

    10/17/2010 12:19:05 PM PDT · by x · 1 replies
    The Superfluous Man ^ | Wednesday, October 06, 2010 | John Markley
    Contemporary American politics makes a great deal more sense in light of the realization that Barack Obama's most devoted fans and fiercest critics are united by a shared delusion: the belief that Obama is really, really interesting. How this manifests among his supporters is apparent enough in the starry-eyed adulation he been able to inspire in so many people. How this manifests among his opponents was especially driven home recently by the now somewhat notorious Dinesh D'Souza article in Forbes, in which D'Souza argued that Obama's politics are the result of the anti-colonialist ideology of Obama's Kenyan father. As D'Souza...
  • Woodrow Wilson's third term

    03/13/2010 1:27:20 PM PST · by x · 9 replies · 446+ views
    New Hampshire Union-Leader ^ | Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010 | George Will
    There are legislative miles to go before the government will be emancipated from its health care myopia, but it is not too soon for a summing up. Whether all or nothing of the legislation becomes law, Barack Obama has refuted critics who call him a radical. He has shown himself to be a timid progressive. His timidity was displayed when he flinched from fighting for the boldness the nation needs -- a transition from the irrationality of employer-provided health insurance. His progressivism is an attitude of genteel regret about the persistence of politics. Employer-paid insurance is central to what David...
  • Karl Woodgett offered bogus degrees in return for spanking sessions

    02/03/2010 3:59:49 PM PST · by x · 12 replies · 504+ views
    The Times of London ^ | Simon de Bruxelles | Simon de Bruxelles
    A university registrar offered bogus degrees in return for spanking sessions in a hotel, a court was told yesterday. Karl Woodgett, 37, former registrar at the University of Surrey and the University of Bath, already had a lucrative sideline selling degrees to African women when he came up with a way of satisfying his sexual desires at the same time.He told the women that his name was Dave and that he could offer them a degree in return for their help with a “pain management study”. The spanking sessions with two women from Cameroon were videotaped.
  • A Most Uncomfortable Parallel: What Clement Attlee Can Teach The Right About Barack Obama.

    01/24/2010 1:19:33 PM PST · by x · 24 replies · 1,542+ views
    National Review | Jan 12, 2010 | Andrew Stuttaford
    LET'S just agree that if you are looking for someone with whom to compare Barack Obama, the mid-20th-century British prime minister Clement Attlee does not come immediately to mind. Some might opt for FDR, some the Messiah, others the Antichrist or, harsher still, Jimmy Carter. Attlee? Not so much. To start with, there's the whole charisma thing. Attlee was the Labour leader who humiliated Winston Churchill in Britain's 1945 election, but that victory (one of the most sweeping in British history) was more dramatic than the victor. No Obama, the new prime minister was shy, understated, and physically unprepossessing. Balding,...
  • It's not just foreigners who find Britain a foreign land

    03/10/2001 9:32:38 AM PST · by x · 170+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 10 March 2001 | Minette Marrin
    THE past is a foreign country, according to one of the most famous first lines of English literature. Now William Hague tells us that the future will be a foreign country, at least if the Labour Party wins the election. But for many people, it is the present that is the foreign country. That must be so, in the nature of things; all those who have reached middle or old age will inevitably feel that the country of their youth was different; "brought up in the culture and mores of one place, they are involuntary immigrants to another". I ...
  • A Typical New York Times Article

    01/01/2001 10:12:59 AM PST · by x · 36+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/1/2001 | Gustav Niebuhr
    January 1, 2001 As Zoroastrians Enter a New Era, Assimilation Becomes a Concern By GUSTAV NIEBUHR HOUSTON, Dec. 29 — The cities listed on name tags worn by men and women at a hotel here offer evidence that a highly international gathering is taking place. People have come from Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Bombay and Tehran, Iran. Yet they share a common bond as Zoroastrians, members of a monotheistic faith whose long history includes centuries of glory as the religion of classical-era Iran. The geographic diversity at the Seventh World Zoroastrian Congress indicates a new chapter in an ancient faith, ...
  • Religion & Politics

    11/28/2000 9:58:16 AM PST · by x · 25+ views
    New York Press ^ | 11/28/2000 | Peter Eavis
    Religion and politics don’t mix. You’ve heard it a thousand times. You probably even believe it. Think of the civic peace that would occur if religious voices retreated from the political battlefield. No more heartland scolds. Unhindered state-funded abortion. An end to those dubious welfare schemes set up by faith-based charities. Down that road lies a godless utopia, surely? If the secularization of American politics continues, you may get your way. But be warned: that utopia already exists–in Western Europe, where political players almost never invoke the Almighty. And you know what? Politics there can be as dreary as hell. ...

    06/06/2000 10:45:08 PM PDT · by x · 22+ views
    Drudgereport ^ | Tuesday June 06 2000 21:43:07 | Matt Drudge
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUESDAY JUNE 06 2000 21:43:07 ET XXXXX COLD-BLOODED: MIRAMAX/TALK BOOK PROJECT EXPLORES SEX LIVES OF TINA BROWN'S OWN 'FRIENDS' **Exclusive** "Why, Tina? Why?" demanded a supporter and close friend of TALK editoress Tina Brown after learning he was a subject in a project commissioned by Brown's new book imprint. Best-selling author Chris Buckley [son of William F. Buckley] expressed complete outrage that his sex life is being explored in a book being financed by DISNEY's TALK/MIRAMAX. "Tina appears to be throwing her friends out with the bath water," said a publishing source who worked with ...
  • “I'll Take Gomorrah, Thank You”

    06/02/2000 6:59:57 PM PDT · by x · 21+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 6/02/00 11:20 a.m. | Mike Potemra, NR Deputy Managing Editor
    Fareed Zakaria has a fascinating essay in The New Yorker on the state of conservatism today. He points out that the modern conservative movement began when William F. Buckley Jr. founded National Review and gave it the mandate to “stand athwart history yelling ‘Stop!’” Zakaria then asks, what should conservatism do, "now that history is going its way?" He says that victory in the Cold War — and the triumph of free markets — leave conservatives with basically a social agenda, which, he says, they sometimes promote in exactly the wrong way: “When conservatives couch that case in fiery terms ...
  • Valhalla of the Idiots Savant

    05/29/2000 9:16:33 AM PDT · by x · 12+ views ^ | May 1, 2000 | Robert Locke
    I recently moved from Manhattan, which I assumed to be America's zenith of solipsism, materialism and arrogance, to California’s famed Silicon Valley. I have been surprised. Don’t get me wrong: people here are nice. But the flip side of this is a thin skin that makes you guard everything you say. People freak out if you are aggressive or sarcastic. Worse, they seem to have forgotten what sarcasm is and take you literally. And they are arrogant - indeed more arrogant than New Yorkers, though differently. New York arrogance is an investment banker who thinks he's better than the rest ...
  • Joe Sixpack's Revenge

    05/19/2000 2:16:36 PM PDT · by x · 20+ views
    The Atlantic Unbound ^ | May 17, 2000 | Christopher Caldwell
    The Republicans are the party of the rich and the Democrats of the working class, right? It's time to rethink that assumption. Running on the strongest economy in living memory, as the handpicked heir of a popular President, Al Gore is lagging alarmingly in the polls even though his campaign so far has been diligent, disciplined, and skillful. He has improved as an orator. The issues -- health care, the environment, guns -- run heavily in his favor. And the financial position of the Democratic National Committee is stronger than it's been for several election cycles. Yet Gore is tied ...
  • The Rise of the FU Movement

    03/14/2000 8:37:49 AM PST · by x · 20+ views
    Spectator (London) ^ | March 4, 2000 | Mark Steyn
    CONSERVATISM is doomed. True, in the Eastern bloc, in its conclusive demolition of the Berlin Wall, it won the battle of ideas. But in its own Western bloc, it's lost the battle of process, and that's likely to prove decisive. In the United States, George W. Bush is opposed to same-sex marriage. So is John McCain. But whichever one of them becomes president will have little say over whether or not, in Vermont and elsewhere, justices of the peace (and, indeed, clergy) find themselves uttering the words, 'I now pronounce you man and husband.' On almost any issue you care ...
  • Diss Establishment

    02/16/2000 9:13:37 AM PST · by x · 21+ views
    NY Press ^ | 2-16-2000 | Christopher Caldwell
    Diss Establishment You had to feel bad for Bush. McCain’s complaints about the role of money in politics were proving so magical that even New Jersey Senate candidate Jim Florio–than whom no one has less standing to complain about rigged political processes–wanted a piece of the action. Florio gave a lecture at Princeton in which he attacked his primary opponent Jon Corzine simply for having more money than he did, and promised to "wreck the system that is currently in place that is putting so much emphasis on money." Like most charismatic political crusades, McCain’s antiestablishment shtick either sings to ...
  • McCain's Money

    02/16/2000 8:51:46 AM PST · by x · 13+ views
    New York Press ^ | 2-16-2000 | George Szamuely
    The Bunker McCain’s Money There is something deliciously appropriate about William Kristol’s hysterical embrace of Sen. John McCain. Kristol and McCain have for some time been two of the most pernicious figures in American politics. They fell in love last year as the bombs were dropping on Belgrade. Every 15 minutes or so one or the other would be on the box demanding the death of yet more Serbs and the introduction of "ground troops." For some years now Kristol had been searching for some larger-than-life man who would succeed in realizing his puerile dream of "national greatness." McCain clearly ...
  • In the Evil Compound

    02/06/2000 2:27:50 PM PST · by x · 19+ views
    New York Press ^ | 2-6-00 | Asla Aydintasbas
    In the Evil Compound "It seems the Council will not discuss Iraq today," an annoyed journalist from the Middle East said to me as I made my way to the United Nations Security Council chamber. It was Jan. 20, and Sen. Jesse Helms was visiting the Security Council at the invitation of Richard Holbrooke, the smooth-talking U.S. ambassador to the world body. "They are having a voluntary inquisition session led by an old man." Helms–who lunched with top UN officials at the Waldorf Astoria after addressing the Council–has of course been the Senate’s most outspoken critic of the UN and ...
  • The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Humbug

    02/03/2000 8:49:34 AM PST · by x · 20+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 2/3/2000 | Boris Johnson
    The hills are alive with the sound of humbug Politics OLD the gluhwein! Cancel the skiing holiday, darling: St Anton's out. And waiter, take back the sachertorte and the wienerschnitzel and hurl it into the strasse. Rip down those erotic Klimts, students of Europe, and let's show the Austrians we really care. Let's show Vienna what we think of the disgraceful way they have decided to run their own country. Lord Hurd, hand back that shocking green loden coat to the Tyrolean peasant from whom you bought it; and I cannot believe Lord Sainsbury will allow his shelves to be ...
  • Would the U.S. Go to War Over Austria

    02/02/2000 9:16:15 AM PST · by x · 31+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 2/2/1999 | Francis X. Rocca
    To be Absolutely Frank Would the U.S. Go to War Over Austria? by Francis X. Rocca Jörg Haider has said that Waffen SS veterans deserve "honor and respect," that the Third Reich had "an orderly employment policy," and that the Nazi concentration camps were "punishment camps." By themselves these statements ought to make him only slightly less respectable than Pat Buchanan. Haider has apologized for the remarks. He has made PR visits to Israel, Washington (where he visited the Holocaust Museum and met with the Congress on Racial Equality), and New York (where he appeared on stage at a Martin ...
  • Retort from New Hampshire

    02/02/2000 8:47:33 AM PST · by x · 35+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 2/1/2000 | Mark Steyn
    Retort From New Hampshire Dubya connects while McCain imitates Fred Tuttle. by Mark Steyn We were at the Elks Lodge in Littleton and George Dubya Bush was working our table. And by "working" I don't mean the Steve Forbes glassy-eyed "Hmm. Mark. That's an interesting name. How do you spell it? M-A-R-K? Hmm" receiving-line routine. Dubya is a busy guy -- speeches to give, foreign countries to mispronounce -- but he gives effortlessly and generously, rubbing the small of my assistant's back, and locking her mom in a clinch at least thrice as long as any of his TV debate ...
  • Clinton Scandals, Stage III: The Buff Moment

    01/27/2000 2:42:01 PM PST · by x · 124+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | 1/31/200 | Ron Rosenbaum
    Clinton Scandals, Stage III: The Buff Moment by Ron Rosenbaum What the hell was that all about? I think we may have just arrived at Stage III in the Natural History of National Scandals: Call it the Huh? Moment. It’s exactly two years after the Monica feeding frenzy first exploded, two years since the Presidency of Bill Clinton seemed to hang by a thread, virtually driven from the White House by Matt Drudge. And now it’s exactly one year after the Senate trial, after the whole bad-taste carnival of a case wound up in the gilt-encrusted Senate Chamber, a place ...
  • The Cast-Iron Age - Deterritorialization and The Long 20th Century

    01/16/2000 3:22:19 PM PST · by x · 19+ views
    Berliner Zeitung ^ | 1.15.1999 | Gustav Seibt (translated via Babelfish)
    The Cast-Iron Age Charles S. Maier's Story of the long 20th Century Gustav Seibt There are amazingly few interpretations offered for the history of the 20th Century. The most successful was the term the "short" 20th Century, offered by Eric Hobsbawm, which covers the epoch from 1914/17 to 1989. This term has the conciseness of a continuous and above all clear history with a start and an end, between the primal catastrophes of the First World War and the Soviet experiment on humanity at the beginning and the victory of the liberal world market and representative democracy at the ...
  • Waking to a New Dawn of Freedom Without Duty

    01/01/2000 11:52:08 PM PST · by x · 19+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | 01/02/2000 | Melanie Phillips
    Waking to a false dawn of freedom without duty It was a great circus and a terrific party; but now what are we going to do with this shiny new century of ours? All you need is love, they sang in the dome as the new year arrived. In the clichés that rained down with the fireworks, the invocations of peace and tolerance, we heard once again the echo that has sounded since the enlightenment, the belief that reason and progress will dispel prejudice and bring about universal brotherly love. We know now that this optimism was facile. The ...
  • Weekly Standard has Churchill as Man of the Century

    12/25/1999 9:14:41 PM PST · by x · 20+ views ^ | January 10, 2000/Volume 5, Number 16 | Leo Strauss and the Editors
    Churchill’s Greatness by Leo Strauss, for the Editors The convention of selecting a man of the year, decade, or century is one of the more annoying features of the modern age. But one has to live in one’s time. And in this case, we are happy to observe the convention, because it offers us the occasion to honor what deserves to be honored, and to recall what deserves to be recalled. Winston Churchill is the man of our century. The character of his greatness has never been more concisely limned than in these remarks by the political philosopher Leo Strauss ...
  • Freud and a Century of Psychobabble

    12/24/1999 12:59:13 PM PST · by x · 126+ views ^ | December 9, 1999/December 24, 1999 | Joseph Sobran
    Freud and a Century of Psychobabble Joseph Sobran He never lets you down. A reporter asked: "How much of the pain you went through last year was self-inflicted and how much due to excesses by other people – political, and Mr. Starr's excesses, sir?" Clenching his jaw, Bill Clinton replied snappishly: "Well, the mistake I made was self-inflicted, and the misconduct of others was not." Clinton was guilty only of a "mistake," victimizing only himself, while Kenneth Starr and the Republicans were guilty of injurious "misconduct." Presidents have to make many tough decisions, such as whether to drop their trousers ...
  • Freud and a Century of Psychobabble

    12/24/1999 12:59:02 PM PST · by x · 19+ views ^ | December 9, 1999/December 24, 1999 | Joseph Sobran
    Freud and a Century of Psychobabble Joseph Sobran He never lets you down. A reporter asked: "How much of the pain you went through last year was self-inflicted and how much due to excesses by other people – political, and Mr. Starr's excesses, sir?" Clenching his jaw, Bill Clinton replied snappishly: "Well, the mistake I made was self-inflicted, and the misconduct of others was not." Clinton was guilty only of a "mistake," victimizing only himself, while Kenneth Starr and the Republicans were guilty of injurious "misconduct." Presidents have to make many tough decisions, such as whether to drop their trousers ...
  • A Bourgeois World

    12/19/1999 8:34:45 PM PST · by x · 20+ views
    The Times ^ | December 20,1999 | William Rees-Mogg
    The entire planet is turning middle class - but beware of the barbarians A bourgeois world An intelligent observer, writing before Christmas in 1899 about the prospect of the coming century, would have missed some very important developments, particularly the technological advances of the past 60 years, but others he might well have foreseen. Contemporary commentators did foresee the prospect of a Russian revolution, the threat of a German attempt to dominate Europe, the decline of the British Empire, the emergence of the United States as the world's leading power, the development of the automobile industry, the invention of ...
  • The conflict in Chechnya is full of paradoxes and distorted parallels with Stalingrad

    12/18/1999 7:03:09 AM PST · by x · 18+ views
    The Times ^ | December 18, 1999 | Antony Beevor
    'The conflict in Chechnya is full of paradoxes and distorted parallels with Stalingrad - and the civilians are likely to pay the same terrible price' When Russian officers talk of turning Grozny into a huge bomb crater, they seem to forget their own history. In 1942 the Luftwaffe's massive air raids on Stalingrad turned the city into the perfect killing ground where the Red Army was able to ambush its Wehrmacht attackers. The present conflict in Chechnya is full of paradoxes and distorted parallels with the past. Grozny and the Maikop ollfields had been Hitler's real objective in the ...
  • Playing the Jesus Card

    12/15/1999 7:30:58 AM PST · by x · 13+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 1999 | Maureen Dowd
    My father had two prized possessions: a scrapbook full of newspaper clippings about the Irish Catholic who didn't make it to the White House in 1928, and a huge framed photo of the Irish Catholic who did in 1960. J.F.K. once joked that after Al Smith lost to Herbert Hoover, whose slogan was "A vote for Smith is a vote for the pope," the New York governor had to cable the pope: "Unpack." President Kennedy added that after he refused to help the U.S. Catholic bishops get federal aid for parochial schools, the pope cabled him: "Pack." Jack Kennedy's ...
  • Three Cheers for Aristocracy

    12/14/1999 9:50:22 PM PST · by x · 18+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 13, 1999 | Jonah Goldberg
    "It is scarcely the same thing to put a man on the moon as to put a bone in your nose." Now, before you think Pat Buchanan has stumbled on a new applause line, this point was actually made a few years ago by the late William Henry III. A Time magazine theater critic and essayist, Henry wrote a wonderful book called In Defense of Elitism. Sadly, he died — at the age of 44 — just before it was published, so it got less attention than it justly deserved. I am invoking Henry because last Friday I wrote ...
  • Law of Return

    12/14/1999 9:40:29 PM PST · by x · 25+ views
    New York Press ^ | 12-15-1999 | George Szamuely
    George Szamuely THE BUNKER Laws of Return Liberal outrage invariably follows a familiar, dishonest trajectory. And nothing is more familiar and dishonest than the stodgy old New York Times. Last week the Times ran a profile of Jorg Haider, leader of Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party, now–following October’s elections–the country’s second largest party. The reporter made the obligatory horrified shiver as he pompously proclaimed that Haider’s "appeal against ‘overforeignization’…carries connotations of Goebbels." But what can one expect? Haider is an Austrian. And Austrians, as we are often enough told, are a morally retarded, not to say sinister, people. "The lingering suspicion ...
  • Why is Steve Forbes running?

    12/14/1999 8:47:12 AM PST · by x · 18+ views
    National Post (Canada) | Monday, December 13, 1999 | Mark Steyne
    Why is Steve Forbes running? The richest guy in the race is the only Republican bigshot who's getting poorer The Gun Owners of New Hampshire dinner is always a fun affair, but especially in a presidential year. Four of the six Republican candidates were there, along with assorted state bigwigs, plus various sponsors from Smith & Wesson to Pete's Gun and Tackle Shop in Hudson, N.H. Five members of the Gun Owners' Action Campaign of Massachusetts were invited to take a bow, which they did, to tepid applause. "They're the last five gun owners left in Massachusetts," scoffed the ...
  • Needed: A lightweight president

    12/14/1999 8:41:17 AM PST · by x · 17+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Monday, December 13,1999 | Llewellyn Rockwell
    George W. Bush is taking it on the chin, on grounds that he is not the brightest bulb. But whence comes this idea that the president must be the smartest cookie in the land? It dates back to the New Deal, when central planning became fashionable. Central planning assumes the government -- particularly the head of state -- knows more than anyone else. Shouldn't freedom lovers question this assumption? Clinton has played the smarty-pants chief executive very well. Recall how the press swooned, just after the 1992 election, when he gathered all the country's policy "experts" (read: left-wingers) in ...
  • Memo to Gov. Bush: Tougher Is Better

    11/28/1999 9:19:16 AM PST · by x · 11+ views
    Intellectual Capital ^ | Thursday, November 25, 1999 | Pete du Pont
    Fourteen months ago in this space I wrote that Gov. George W. Bush of Texas would be our next president. He has the name, the convention delegates (Texas and Florida, where his brother is governor, have 221 of the 996 delegates needed to nominate), and the Rolodex needed to get the nomination. Then the voters in November will render the final negative judgment on the Clinton/Gore ethic, and Bush will win. What’s not to like? It is still the likely outcome. After all, Bush has raised a $60-million war chest, assembled a credible group of advisers, and is laying out ...
  • Memo to Gov. Bush: Tougher Is

    11/28/1999 9:18:41 AM PST · by x · 26+ views
    Intellectual Capital ^ | Thursday, November 25, 1999 | Pete du Pont
    Fourteen months ago in this space I wrote that Gov. George W. Bush of Texas would be our next president. He has the name, the convention delegates (Texas and Florida, where his brother is governor, have 221 of the 996 delegates needed to nominate), and the Rolodex needed to get the nomination. Then the voters in November will render the final negative judgment on the Clinton/Gore ethic, and Bush will win. What’s not to like? It is still the likely outcome. After all, Bush has raised a $60-million war chest, assembled a credible group of advisers, and is laying out ...
  • Remember Nov. 22, but not for JFK

    11/22/1999 10:12:57 PM PST · by x · 15+ views
    National Post (Canada) ^ | November 22, 1999 | Corbin Andrews
    Today marks the 36th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy -- a man many consider to be the greatest human being ever to have held America's highest office. His death has received more attention than any death in history, with the obvious exception of Jesus Christ. But in all the media fawning that followed Kennedy's death, the deaths of three other distinguished men on Nov. 22, 1963 -- C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley and French composer Francis Poulenc -- went unnoticed. All three of these men made contributions to our century that far outweigh Kennedy's. The former two, ...
  • Partisanship: The Essence of Good Government

    11/03/1999 5:52:13 AM PST · by x · 15+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3 November | Michael Kelly
    PARTISANSHIP: THE ESSENCE OF GOOD GOVERNMENT By MICHAEL KELLY THERE is evil abroad in the land, and we call it by its name. It is partisanship. On this, right-thinkers agree. Al Gore, a dedicated right-thinker, declared himself, in a recent interview with The Washington Post's David S. Broder, to be the passionate opponent of the "nearly poisonous" partisanship that infects Washington. He swore to end such "bitterness and hostility" when he became president. Gore said he would say to the nation: "We are all Democrats; we are all Republicans." And so sayeth Bill Bradley, too. Following a speech to ...
  • Gore hires Naomi Wolf to win over women

    10/31/1999 4:47:37 PM PST · by x · 9+ views
    The Independent ^ | 1 November 1999 | Mary Dejevsky
    Gore hires Naomi Wolf to win over women By Mary Dejevsky in Washington 1 November 1999 The feminist author Naomi Wolf has been recruited as an adviser by Vice-President Al Gore to help his campaign pitch with younger voters, especially women. He confirmed the appointment yesterday but would not comment on a Time magazine report that her task was to convince voters he was not a "permanent number two" but an "alpha male". Mr Gore said: "She's a valued adviser and she'll remain one." She worked mainly with his daughter, Karenna, a law student, who is also helping with ...
  • Book Review: The Man of La Mancha.

    10/30/1999 2:11:47 PM PDT · by x · 14+ views ^ | October 28, 1999 | David Isenberg
    A review of A Republic, Not An Empire: Reclaiming America's Destiny by Patrick J. Buchanan Regnery Publishing Inc., 419 pages, $29.95 We all know that Pat Buchanan is an able polemicist and pundit. But now, with the publication of A Republic, Not An Empire: Reclaiming America's Destiny, we have learned that he also is an able historian and scholar, albeit a revisionist one. More on that in a moment, but first, a confession. I had an unusual reaction after reading this book: I broke out into song. Specifically, I sang some of the lyrics from the song "Knight of the ...