The Corner

Watch What I Say, Not What I Do

The Huffington Post is known for its lurid tabloid stories about celebrities and op-eds by hard-left writers, movie stars, and the Hollywood crowd. They paid almost nothing for the essays, apparently because the writers were either quite wealthy to begin with and simply wanted the exposure, or, in the case of bloggers and pundits, were in a field where income is hard to come by.

So does the sale of the HP to AOL for $315 million mean there is going to be a new spread-the-wealth philosophy and those academics and writers who serially rail about corporate money that enriches but a few will finally see some trickle-down wages for their work?

Common Cause used to at least claim some sort of centrism (hence the “common”). But its latest disastrous foray into southern California to attack the Koch brothers’ symposium was a disaster. It rarely pickets left-of-center meetings, its bused-in demonstrators were quite “uncivil” and often quasi-racist and vicious, and it cannot explain why private citizens should not have the right of free speech without being verbally threatened and abused outside their meeting place. This, combined with the group’s recent flip-flop attack on the filibuster (e.g., Republican filibusters bad, Democratic ones good), to the degree the organization is at all relevant, it should now disband. It is now little more than a more organized version of Code Pink.

Many press accounts reviewed the rather unhealthy snacks offered to the White House Super Bowl crowd in the context of Michelle Obama’s loud campaign to improve the quality of food and to remove just that sort of sugary and fatty junk from our public schools. So why not national leadership on carrot sticks, celery, apples, oranges, and some toast instead of pizza, chips, ice cream, and burgers? 

Bottom line, it is getting harder and harder to be a liberal in this age of affluence and leisure.

Victor Davis Hanson — NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.

Most Popular


The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Science & Tech

Set NASA Free

The Trump administration has proposed shifting the International Space Station from a NASA-exclusive research facility to a semi-public, semi-private one. Its plan would nix all government funding for the ISS by 2025 and award at least $150 million per year to NASA to help with the transition. This would be a ... Read More