The Corner

Politics & Policy

A Slight Dissent on Michelle Obama

She deserves credit for standing up for civility. But her comment that “fear is not a proper motivator” is mistaken. Fear is a perfectly good motive in politics. I vote against a lot of candidates because I fear that their policies would harm my state or country. Every candidate makes fear-based appeals. Mrs. Obama’s husband certainly did. And while the specific appeals he made may have deserved criticism, there was nothing wrong with their activation of fear. The species has fear for a reason, after all. But this may be a point that conservatives are more comfortable making than progressives.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

Most Popular

Law & the Courts

Rosenstein Defends the Mueller Probe

Well, did you think Rod Rosenstein was going to say, “You got me. The Mueller probe was inappropriate and politicized?” No, you didn’t. And the deputy attorney general did not disappoint. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Rosenstein defended the investigation as “appropriate ... Read More

The Witches of Bushwick

In Brooklyn, there is an occult bookshop called Catland Books. “Catland” is, one imagines, an apt description of the homes of the women who congregate there. The operators of the establishment have announced that they are planning to hold a special hex session this weekend to make Supreme Court justice ... Read More