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You Know You’re Somebody When Your Name Becomes a Verb

John Fonte wrote the lead book review in the current paper issue of NR, on Daniel Hannan’s The New Road to Serfdom. Toward the end is this paragraph:

Writing in National Review on November 1, Amb. John Bolton argued that conservatives and Republicans need a “robust vetting” of presidential candidates on foreign-policy issues before they select a nominee, after which, vigorous intramural debate will, by custom and necessity, subside. He is right. Conservatives should use the interregnum before 2012 to stress sovereignty issues. In effect, they should work to “Boltonize” the center-right foreign-policy community. For example, if we take Hannan’s critique seriously, we need to rethink the conservative default positions on the EU and the ICC.

I’m in favor of the sentiment, certainly with regard to the sovereignty issue, but I especially like the word. I googled it for other uses, and found only a few related ones, mostly negative (putting aside a search tool called “boltonizer” and references to Michael Bolton — the musician, not the guy from Office Space): Marc Ambinder referred to “This re-Boltonization on arms control,” for instance, and the lefty site wrote about “Boltonized Intelligence.” We should adopt the word in a positive sense, as Fonte has. Imagine the 2012 campaign slogan: “Boltonize the U.N. — vote Republican.”


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