Magazine February 9, 2009, Issue

The Week

Commemorative Washington DC ‘SmarTrip’ Metro fare card with the image of President-elect Barack Obama’s face is seen next to a bus window on the East side of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., January 13, 2009. (Larry Downing/Reuters)
The Week

Lincoln, on the other hand, did not have Shakira.

• There is so much patriotism on the left, anno Obama, that they might now own more flags than Che shirts. Patriotism should not be the sport of partisanship. Obama himself, a careful student of his own life, is mindful of the opportunities he has enjoyed, and we join him and his followers in their gratitude to the country that extended them. Their enthusiasm is our challenge. To win again, we cannot simply wave the flag; we must advance better policies and principles, and make more compelling arguments. We have some

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