The Corner

Happy Birthday M.I.

Rick: Thanks for that great item on the Manhattan Institute, a vital think tank that has had an outsized influence on American politics. I had the privilege to work for it in the early 1990s, directly for Linda Chavez and when Bill Hammett was president. Bill was an absolute genius at marketing ideas. I don’t think I’m taking anything away from Charles Murray as an author when I say that Bill had a lot to do with the success of Losing Ground and the way it transformed the national debate over welfare policy. Bill’s successor, Larry Mone, is at the helm today and doing an excellent job himself. There’s no doubt the Manhattan Institute will continue to flourish for at least another quarter century.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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