A decade ago, the invasion of Iraq began. Also, conservative businessman and philanthropist Joe Coors died. The events are linked in my mind because when Coors passed away, the Wall Street Journal asked me to write an obituary for the op-ed page. It was slated for publication on March 20, 2003, but was pushed out of the print edition when the bombs began to fall on Baghdad. At least the editors ran it online, which means that you can still read it here:
Yet his most important legacy doesn’t lie in the beer business or electoral politics, but in philanthropy: Coors spent millions of dollars making sure people would hear from the right. The conservative movement simply would not exist in the form it does today without the profound influence of Joe Coors.