The Corner

Re: Catholic Voting

Here in Dallas this afternoon, I went to

hear the president speak to the Knights of Columbus convention at the hotel

next door. Judging by the wild response he received, he’s got those

Catholics’ vote. This was very much a shoring-up-the-base appearance. I’ve

rarely covered campaign speeches, so I don’t know if this is how they

usually are. If so, the level of oratory in this country is

abysmal. The President threw applause lines at the extremely supportive

audience like doubloons tossed from a Mardi Gras float. I happen to have

agreed with almost everything he said, but it was still dispiriting to see a

“speech” reduced to reciting a laundry list of compassionate-conservative

boilerplate. The theme, insofar as it had one was, “Here’s what I’ve done

for you lately.” Maybe folks are satisfied with that, I dunno. If the goal

was to strike a responsive chord in the audience, he succeeded. But I wanted

to hear an actual speech — you know, with a start, middle and finish,

arguing for a point of view.

Most Popular

Culture

New England Journal of Medicine Pushes Reparations

Reparations would grant African Americans government benefits not paid to other Americans to rectify the awful sin of slavery and the "peculiar institution's" residual harm. It is a favored policy of hard progressives, so of course, the New England Journal of Medicine -- which regularly promotes left-wing causes ... Read More
Culture

New England Journal of Medicine Pushes Reparations

Reparations would grant African Americans government benefits not paid to other Americans to rectify the awful sin of slavery and the "peculiar institution's" residual harm. It is a favored policy of hard progressives, so of course, the New England Journal of Medicine -- which regularly promotes left-wing causes ... Read More
Books

Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones

People often dismiss shy, quiet characters in literature. Readers prefer to identify with Jo March, Elizabeth Bennett, or Anne Shirley -- those delightful, bold, and charming characters who made a deep impression on us when we first encountered them. While there’s nothing wrong with emulating or admiring these ... Read More
Books

Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones

People often dismiss shy, quiet characters in literature. Readers prefer to identify with Jo March, Elizabeth Bennett, or Anne Shirley -- those delightful, bold, and charming characters who made a deep impression on us when we first encountered them. While there’s nothing wrong with emulating or admiring these ... Read More
Media

Wajahat Ali, Ctd.

I gather he didn’t like my comment on his New York Times op-ed on the folly of reaching out to Trump supporters. He snipes, “I await The National Review’s piece on reaching out to Biden voters and reading about their ‘elegy’ and understanding their ‘economic anxiety.’” After the 2016 election, ... Read More
Media

Wajahat Ali, Ctd.

I gather he didn’t like my comment on his New York Times op-ed on the folly of reaching out to Trump supporters. He snipes, “I await The National Review’s piece on reaching out to Biden voters and reading about their ‘elegy’ and understanding their ‘economic anxiety.’” After the 2016 election, ... Read More