Magazine February 9, 2009, Issue

Smooth Cloying Goo

Visitors look at “Holy family with St. Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist as a child,” a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506), exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris, September 23, 2008. (Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

Is it safe to come out yet? I ducked under the covers for most of the week, but on Coronation Morn there was a knock on the door and I discovered Aunt Zeituni’s deportation order had been reassigned to me. Fortunately, it was accompanied by a complimentary pint of Ben & Jerry’s special commemorative “Yes, Pecan!” ice cream — a smooth cloying goo concealing a remarkable number of nuts, which seems as appropriate a way as any of marking the incoming administration.

Seeking refuge from the prostrations of the U.S. media, I turned to the foreign press, only to find that

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

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