Magazine August 1, 2011, Issue

Softboiled Speech

Michele Bachmann delivers a speech in New Orleans, La., June 17, 2011. (Sean Gardner/Reuters)

There is nothing quite like a letter from an NR reader. Here’s the one that gave me the idea for this column:

I note with concern your use of “gay” in reference to homosexuality. While I remain confident that you are not moving to the dark side, your use of any euphemism is off-putting. You have stood like a beacon against the forces of evil and made compromise a concept fit only for the weak. One hopes that you remain steadfast, as the purveyors of political correctness are relentless in their quest to make words meaningless through, among other vehicles, the

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