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How Admirable

Towards the end of Chushingura, the forty-seven ronin tell a neighbor of Lord Kira that they are about to attack Kira’s house, to avenge Lord Asano, their dead master. The neighbor who, like all well-bred Japanese, detests Kira, exclaims, “How admirable!”

This is what I feel watching McCain, his campaign blowing at every seam, but still faithful to the correct Iraq policy, which is the most important issue of this moment. Even his wrong-headed determination in a wrong cause, immigration, seems cut from the same cloth.

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

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