The Corner

This Strikes Me

as utterly bizarre, at the tail-end of a Howard Fineman piece: “Washington sits on a substratum of Catholic conservatism that few people who aren’t from here understand. It goes back to Georgetown University and pre-D.C. Maryland history. It is that community that Roberts represents, and that Bush is paying homage to with this pick.” Well, I’m not from here–how many people in D.C. are? (And I try to avoid being a “conservative Catholic.”) But just to begin with–Georgetown University? Really? And why would Bush need to “pay[] homage” to D.C.-area Catholic conservatism?

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.

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