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The Politicized Mind

David Brooks offers some deep insight on the left’s reaction to the Tucson murders today, and George Will gets at a crucial point too—those who were not cynical in their misguided rush to blame the right (and whose attitudes are therefore even more telling and troubling than the cynical political finger pointers) seem unable to distinguish the personal from the political, and to believe in the existence of genuine and irrational individual mental illness.

 

If only the editors of Brooks’s paper read his column. Today’s New York Times coverage certainly suggests they haven’t.

Yuval Levin is the director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of National Affairs.

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