The Corner

Hitchens vs. Bachmann

Things we learn from Christopher Hitchens’s new column:

1) A woman who opposes the Libya venture “disqualif[ies] herself from any consideration for high office” by opposing the Libya venture.

2) It is possible to want to stay the course in Afghanistan, as Bachmann does, while still being an exemplar of “isolationism.”

3) People who grow up in small towns don’t “know about laboratories, drones, trade cycles, and polychrome conurbations both here and overseas”; by implication, people who grow up elsewhere do.

4) If he had not grown up in a small town, John Edwards would not have “fallen so abjectly” for Rielle Hunter.

5) It is possible to assail others as bumpkins while asserting that Edwards had never previously strayed.

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

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