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Good Public Discourse

Here’s a novel experience. Kathryn Lopez called my attention to Greg Forster’s critique of my Kristol lecture here, wondering if I might want to respond. So I read ...

I was a little more nuanced than that.

It’s the elites, dummy (not you personally, John. It’s just an expression), specifically the intellectual elites. That’s why it doesn’t make any difference how many people in a ...

Is He Really This Ignorant?

About halfway through the speech, my wife, watching me mutter darkly at the television screen, said: “Why are you so upset? He hasn’t said anything.” And that pretty much sums ...

My Last Word on Obama, I Promise.

To all my friends and people I admire who have completely befuddled me with their reaction to Obama’s speech: Speaking or writing about difficult race problems is different from speaking ...

Have I missed the competition?

I read the various posts here on “The Corner,” mostly pretty ho-hum or critical about Obama’s speech. Then I figured I’d better read the text (I tried to find a ...

WFB the Sweetheart

I had known only his cool, sometimes aloof public persona for years when I nervously met him for the first time at some forgotten function in the mid 80s. I ...

There is No Hope

I just started to watch Comanche Moon (okay, it was on Sunday, but I never watch anything live any more), the much-hyped CBS miniseries.  First frame, superimposed on a gathering of ...

structure vs. style in parenting

Jonah, that clever devil, has slipped the knife into the right place, Derb. Murphy Brown does have a built-in problem in raising a child. It isn’t nearly as massive as ...