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In a below post, I hailed Kevin Williamson, but that was before I had read his latest piece, so here’s another hailing.

That piece is on Jesse Jackson, who is griping about the condition of our cities: which is weird, and galling, because people who share Jackson’s politics have been governing those cities for as long as anyone can remember.

I immediately thought of WFB’s line about John B. Oakes — whose name is little-known now, but who was a big, big deal for years, as the chief editorialist of the New York Times. He was arguably the most important journalist in America.

Bill noted that Oakes lacked a sense of humor. The man was “understandably melancholy about having to live in a world whose shape is substantially of his own making.”



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