Magazine November 3, 2008, Issue

Nonsense Unstilted

Portrait of Louis XIV, painted by Hyacinthe Riguard, in 1701 (Wikimedia Commons)

It’s a bit late in the day to say what I’m looking for in a candidate. So let me say what I’m looking for in a voter. It was nicely summed up by Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic, contrasting McCain and Obama back at the end of primary season as they clinched their respective nominations: “The enormous crowd in the Xcel center seems ready to lift Obama on its shoulders; the much smaller audience for McCain’s speech interrupted his remarks with stilted cheers.”

And God bless ’em: Three stilted cheers for the stilted cheerers. There, surely, is the republican ideal: a land

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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