Magazine September 21, 2009, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

• The bad news for Ted Kennedy is that it’s not the press that will be judging him now.

• We expect demagogues to be fiery, so the fact that Obama is not works to his advantage. But his public case for his signature initiative, on health care, consists of almost nothing but low rhetorical blows. A recent radio address is typical. He devoted most of it to what he termed the “willful misrepresentations” — most of them in fact accurate, as Ramesh Ponnuru details in this issue — “spread by the very folks who would benefit the most by keeping things exactly

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