Jacobin Squirrels

by James S. Robbins

Reminds me of a John P. Roche story Norman Podhoretz told in Commentary last April: “How well I remember the late John Roche, a political scientist then working in the Johnson White House, being quoted by Jimmy Breslin as having dismissed the radicals as a bunch of “upper West Side jackal bins.” Jackal bins? What were jackal bins? As further investigation disclosed, Roche had said “Jacobins,” a word evidently so unfamiliar to his interviewer that “jackal bins” was the best he could do with it in transcribing his notes.”

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