Bench Memos

Senators Durbin and Klobuchar Wanting to Both Eat and Have Their Cake

In their questioning of Linda Chavez, Senators Durbin and Klobuchar suggest that she had denigrated or ignored Sotomayor’s achievements at Princeton. That’s ridiculous, as Linda made clear. Their assumption that Linda must be saying this, however, is instructive: Liberals want standards lowered in order to get politically correct numbers, but get hypersensitive whenever anyone points out that lower standards mean less qualified people. It’s also instructive that members of the minority groups who are the supposed beneficiaries of this standard-lowering — like Judge Sotomayor — will indeed often be assumed to be less qualified because of their membership, even if they aren’t.

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Road Trip

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Especially future contributors to my GoFundMe page), I am currently in the passenger seat of our family fun mobile, passing mile marker ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Answering my Critics

My post on Elizabeth Warren’s cynical/bonkers proposal to effectively nationalize every American firm with revenue of $1 billion or more has met with predictable criticism. I will address two points here. One, some have complained about the use of the word “expropriation,” or more broadly about ... Read More

The Maker of Middle-earth, in Gorgeous Detail

Oxford, England — After five months of ferocious and futile slaughter in “the Great War,” an Oxford undergraduate — knowing his deployment to the Western Front was inevitable — used his Christmas break in 1914 to cultivate his imagination. Twenty-two-year-old J. R. R. Tolkien began writing “The Story ... Read More

Winslow Homer’s Art, through the Camera Lens

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art's show Winslow Homer and the Camera takes a perceptive, original look at one of America's great art visionaries. It's special for many reasons. It takes a much-considered artist — Homer (1836–1910) is among the gods atop the heap of American artists — and finally makes ... Read More