The Corner

Reviewing The Reviewers

More authors should do it, I firmly believe. Here’s David Frum: “The book isn’t ‘nuanced’ enough for the Economist’s liking–nuance being a euphemism for ‘accommodationist.’ This turn of phrase suggests, however, exactly what is most grievously wrong with the accommodationist position: like many shoddy goods, it is marketed by appeals to snobbery rather than reason. Applying the label ‘nuanced’ to a policy position is like applying the label ‘exquisite’ to a condominium: It tells us that the position will be costly, but not whether it will keep out the rain.”

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.