Magazine October 20, 2008, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

• Cheer up! Things could get much worse.

• The financial blizzard and the first debate have lit up the presidential candidates like flares. John McCain is a man of the Senate, proud of its friendships, and reveling in the free hand that senators are given. He uses his stature to express the same nature he showed as a Navy pilot: aggressive, risk-taking, self-directed. Barack Obama is professorial, and writerly; he intellectualizes problems, the better to distance himself from them. Because he is eloquent, Americans have been slow to appreciate his un­derlying stance, though they may be starting to. We have put both

NR Editors includes members of the editorial staff of the National Review magazine and website.

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Books, Arts & Manners

Film & TV

Burn before Watching

If you’re the sort of filmgoer who thinks of the Coen brothers as American cinema’s most nihilistic, misanthropic double threat, you’ll find vindication aplenty in Burn after ...



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