The Corner

The Turning Point

The turning point of the Brown campaign for me was his response to David Gergen: “With respect, it’s not Kennedy’s seat, it’s not the Democratic party’s seat, it’s the people’s seat . . .”

On most occasions, this would be a platitude — something we hardly need to say because we all know it. Many a dull speech and sermon derive their dullness from saying the obvious, by rote. But there are times when the obvious must be said, with feeling, because it has become ever-so-slightly, and perhaps — dangerously, no longer obvious.

The late George Trow once said that George Washington had the quality of filling clichés with the meaning they once had. On a lesser, but still important level, in his response to Gergen so did Brown.

Richard Brookhiser — Historian Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

Most Popular


And Here We Go . . .

It’s official! I’m done haranguing people about preordering my book. That’s because today it goes on sale. I set up my own website in part to spare NRO readers from any hint of self-promotion of my “epic and debate shifting” (David Brooks, NYT), “. . . ambitious, engrossing, and provocative . . . ... Read More
Economy & Business

Trade Misunderstandings

I was distracted by other policy topics last week but not enough not to notice Peter Navarro’s article in the Wall Street Journal, headlined “China’s Faux Comparative Advantage.” Considering Navarro’s position in the White House, it is unfortunate that it demonstrates some serious misunderstandings ... Read More

Joy Reid Denies Writing Homophobic Blog Posts

MSNBC personality Joy Reid's former blog, The Reid Report, published a series of anti-gay posts, which she claims were added to the site after it was shut down, by a hacker intent on destroying her reputation and nascent cable-news career. Reid, who discontinued the blog roughly a decade ago, apologized in ... Read More

Monday Links

A Supercut of Epic Movie Explosions. Can You Solve These 10 Medieval Riddles? The cost to make a Margherita pizza: $1.77. How much restaurants charge on average for a pizza: $12. The actual costs of restaurant foods. Vintage animation lessons -- how to make things cute. London's "Great ... Read More