1) Below, John Fund talked about Herman Badillo, the late New York politician. I’ve been meaning to say something about him myself.
Those unfamiliar with him might consult the New York Times obituary, here. A nugget:
Mr. Badillo’s political odyssey was a long arc from Kennedy-style liberalism in the 1960s to Giuliani conservatism in the 1990s. He defied party loyalties and was by turns a Reform Democrat, a Democrat, a Republican and a neoconservative. A lean, broad-shouldered man with a proud, solemn bearing, he often spoke his mind bluntly, sometimes offending ethnic sensibilities and alienating constituents.
Loved him. By the way, I don’t think the “arc from Kennedy-style liberalism in the 1960s to Giuliani conservatism in the 1990s” is so long an arc at all.
I voted for Badillo twice, in September 2001. I voted for him in the Republican mayoral primary. The first time was early in the morning on the 11th. But the primaries were postponed later that day. I voted for him again two weeks later. Michael Bloomberg won the Republican primary, and went on to win three terms.
2) I have a little pitch for NRO, here. It’s called “Why I Give: The value of NRO.”
3) The music-minded may enjoy another post, “Alisa & Friends.” It’s about the extraordinary cellist Alisa Weilerstein and a recent appearance with the New York Philharmonic.