The Corner

God I Thank Thee That I Am Not as This Publican

James J. Kilpatrick was not just a “good writer” as Mike Potemra said. He was an extraordinary writer. His campaign pieces for National Review in the 1968 and 1972 cycles were detailed but vivid, ironic but respectful. They impelled me to write about the great game myself. 

His description of John McCormack giving his farewell address to the Democratic convention in Miami in the year of McGovern should be a model to us all.

Richard Brookhiser — Historian Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

Most Popular

Culture

‘Why Would Jussie Smollett Do This?’ They Cried

Brian Stelter, chief media correspondent for CNN, was baffled. “You know, we saw a lot of politicians and Hollywood celebrities and activists rally around Jussie Smollett's side as soon as he made these accusations several weeks ago,” he said on Saturday night after his own network, among others, had begun ... Read More
Film & TV

A Sublime Christian Masterpiece of a Film

‘There are two ways through life -- the way of nature and the way of grace,” remarks the saintly mother at the outset of The Tree of Life, one of the most awe-inspiring films of the 21st century. She continues: Grace doesn’t try please itself. It accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked, accepts insults ... Read More