Magazine August 16, 2010, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

• Congress has an 11 percent job-approval rating. Who knew there were so many trial lawyers?

• Midterm elections are generally referenda on the party in power, and that is especially appropriate when the ruling party has as much power as the Democrats do and has deployed it with such sweeping unwisdom. Some Republicans believe that they therefore need no agenda of their own, which does not follow. An agenda, they fear, would give the Democrats an opening to attack them. Besides, they are not sure they can agree on a program. But a forceful critique of applied liberalism makes no

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