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Re: Michelman Spin



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K-Lo, I whole-heartedly endorse your “press release” view of the NY Times story on Kate Michelman, in which NARAL-PCA (much less sympathetic to defenseless little creatures than the ASPCA) is described as “the country’s most vocal group advocating abortion as a legal right for women.” They could at least say “most uncompromising,” if they’re not going to say “most liberal,” or to use daily Michelman-speak, the “most extremist.” But the real give-away is calling Michelman “one of the grandes dames of the reproductive rights debate,” as if she was the Margaret Thatcher of the Pregnancy Terminators.

I Like The Way He Thinks



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Thank you!

Finally, after making this suggestion to Jonah a couple years ago, I can now read NR on-line….I just started my digital subscription…

If you are one of the many who has pined for the NR Digital product in the past, what are you waiting for. Even if you never thought about it before, just subscribe! For less than 20 bucks, why not?

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Debate-Plus-Five



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Over in my little debate with Hugh Hewitt (see NRO’s homepage), I’ve just posted a defense of Tom McClintock–and a proposal. Tom and Arnold will debate this coming Wednesday. (This is the only engagement to which Arnold has agreed. If he’d spent half as much time working out his policy positions as he’s devoted to dodging Tom, Arnold would be a lot better off right now.) Either that debate will enable McClintock to break out, overtaking Arnold at last–or it won’t. And within five days of the debate itself, McClintock will have had time to play up his performance–and the pollsters will have had time to gauge voters’ reactions.

If he’s still trailing on September 29, I figure, McClintock should bow out. But if he has indeed managed to overtake Arnold, then Arnold must go.

I’ll let you know when I hear back from Hugh.

Web Briefing: December 28, 2014

Draft Cynthia!



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Kate Michelman to Retire From Naral/Pro-Choice/Whatever It Is



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Read the press releas…I mean, NYT piece here.

Want Jonah Back?



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Goldberg doesn’t know this, but there will be no flight back to DC if he doesn’t meet his quota for NR Digital subscriptions coming in with that last Corner post. Perhaps you’ll want to help him?

Help-Southern Utah



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After jury duty last week (more about that some other time), I’m off for a little vacation in Southern Utah this week. Any suggestions for hiking (keep in mind, though: I’m a rank amateur), for finding a fly-fishing guide (I’m a rank amateur at pretty much anything involving the outdoors, even finding a guide), for things I won’t want to miss, etc. please let me know…

Safire On Wes



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This column is speculative and may well be wrong, but it makes a lot of sense: Clintons support Clark as a placeholder for Hillary (and idea some Cornerites have floated).

Thanks...



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…for the librarian e-mails. In a touching instance of the cooperative spirit that animates this space, Jonah effected a “Corner Baton Passing” last week and shared with me the fruits of his librarian bleg. I’m writing about them today for my column. Journalism, my friends, doesn’t get any better than this!

I’m in Alaska



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It’s very early in the morning here. Finishing piece for mag. Hiding from the Lord of the Flies thing in DC. But one thing I could tell you is — we could sure use a subscription to NR Digital up here in the Great North.

Time Takes On Teddy



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Even the liberal leaners at Time magazine are reporting that Teddy went overboard in his wild charges last week that Bush was bribing his way to victory in Iraq: “Kennedy’s remarks may have been a case of frustration with the war overtaking the facts.”

Straussian Offering



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I’ve just finished a fascinating essay by Steven Lenzner and Bill Kristol called, “What Was Leo Strauss Up To?” Lenzner and Kristol make it clear that Strauss’s political influence is real, yet indirect. Strauss had no detailed political program. Instead, Strauss created a “problematic”–a way of framing political and philosophical problems–that leads to a kind of conservatism. Strauss’s recuperation of ancient philosophy provides a critical perspective on (although by no means a complete rejection of) the individualism at the core of modern thought. Consult the article for more. But let me make a comment. There is an ambiguity in Strauss’s work. On the one hand, Strauss offers a brilliant critique of the relativism and historicism at the core of modern social science. As Lenzner and Kristol show, Strauss helped reintroduce us to the very concept of tyranny. In doing so, Strauss was challenging the paralyzing relativism of a political science incapable of calling the tyrannies of Hitler and Stalin by their right name. At the same time, Strauss’s project of rehabilitating ancient thought was itself a qualified exercise in relativism. Strauss showed us the value of a lost tradition in which virtue mattered, and the individual was not always at the center. That entailed both an affirmation of certain timeless truths, and a tribute to a way of thought and life that Americans neither can nor should reproduce in detail. The complexity for us today is that the Middle East combines elements of odious tyranny with aspects of the traditional, virtue-centered life. This means that our attempt to reform a country like Iraq must be handled with subtlety. I’m thinking, for example, of the difference between nurturing a liberal middle class, on the one hand, and bulldozing traditional social structures, on the other. I’ve written about this here and here. My point is that Strauss is caught between moral universalism, on the one hand, and a subtle and qualified form of relativism on the other. And so must we be.

Off and On



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I’ve been having computer problems the last few days, but at least I’ve still been able to access NR
Digital
. Having finally checked it out, I can honestly say it’s a
pretty cool way to read NRODT. If you haven’t checked it out, you don’t
know what you’re missing.

Emmy Watch & Nro



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Jon Stewart was the comedy highlight, in my dorky opinion. Jonah–God’s speed.

Re: Emmy Watch



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You’re being too harsh. Darrell Hammond’s Arnold was an effective impersonation, even if the jokes were a little stale (finally, a house big enough to fit the recall candidates). Hammond’s Don Rumsfeld was a bad impersonation, but funnier jokes. Especially asking the makers of Fox’s “Paradise Hotel” if they send each episode to the Smithsonian for its cultural excellence, or just shoot it into space to tell alien worlds about Earth’s values. Nice conservative tinge to that.

Emmy Watch Ii



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I can’t help but think the Emmys lose a few hundred viewers with every California recall joke. Especially the way too long Arnold segment.

Emmy Watch



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The pro-life undertones of HBO’s Six Feet Under.

The Recall’s Next Day in Court



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Howard Bashman has a full preview of Monday’s oral argument in the California recall case here. The argument will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, 4pm eastern, 1pm pacific.

A Glimpse of Dystopia



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Bill Dawson has also, brave man, been visiting the site for EU Commission press releases. Click here to see what he found.

And Still It Goes On...



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Details of what looks like an alarming security breach in Australia.

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