The Corner

Santorumun? Santauron?

Here’s Santorum on LOTR on his book It Takes a Family:

I’m a great fan of The Lord of the Rings. My family and I have read all the books and watched the entire film trilogy. Both the books and the movies celebrate that which is best in man–a willingness to sacrifice one’s own life for a greater good, to persevere despite seemingly insurmountable odds. It is inspiring, and it is true: human beings really can achieve heroism. Human greatness is possible.

Santorum of course knows something about how “to persevere despite seemingly insurmountable odds”–for the third time, he’s running a race that few people expect him to survive. The first two times, in 1990 for the House and in 1994 for the Senate, he did in fact win.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

Most Popular


The Catholic Church’s Rotherham

‘We are deeply saddened.” So begin the many perfunctory statements of many Catholic bishops today in response to the Pennsylvania grand-jury report detailing how priests in that state abused children and how bishops shuffled these priests around. What deeply saddens these men? The rape of children, the ... Read More

My Journey into the Heart of Obama-Trump Country

After eight years of displeasure with Barack Obama’s presidency, Carla Johnson was ready for a drastic change. The 41-year-old lab technician from Cresco, Iowa, fell for Donald Trump very early in the 2016 primary season. She loved his “take-no-[sh**]” style, his conservative stances on gun control and ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Andrew Cuomo Was Never That Great

Governor Cuomo is shouting again. It must be time for reelection. Queen Victoria complained of William Ewart Gladstone that he “speaks to Me as if I was a public meeting.” Andrew Cuomo has the opposite problem: He addresses public meetings as if trying to convince a recalcitrant octogenarian that the fire ... Read More