Magazine December 31, 2012, Issue

The Real Cliff

A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic, by Nicholas Eberstadt (Templeton, 132 pp., $9.95)

One way of looking at the 2012 election is that Mitt Romney provided the most persuasive explanation for his defeat — six months before the voting. A surreptitious recording at a fundraising event in May found Romney assessing his difficult electoral prospects:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the [incumbent Democratic] president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care,

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Good Ol’ Tip

At the end of November, the House voted to name a building after Tip O’Neill — a building on Capitol Hill. John Boehner, the Republican chief, called O’Neill “a giant ...
Politics & Policy

Glorious Decline

One of the defining characteristics of the modern European liberal intellectual is cultural and even racial self-hatred: and nowhere is this self-hatred stronger than in England. Such self-hatred has become ...

Features

Politics & Policy

The New Wisconsin

Michigan became a right-to-work state so swiftly that the Detroit Free Press couldn’t settle on a cliché to describe it: The legislation “moved like greased lightning,” wrote its reporters on ...
Politics & Policy

Federalism and Marriage

When supporters of same-sex marriage attack the federal Defense of Marriage Act, they invoke purported federalism concerns about the authority of the states to regulate marriage. But when they sue ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Real Cliff

One way of looking at the 2012 election is that Mitt Romney provided the most persuasive explanation for his defeat — six months before the voting. A surreptitious recording at ...
Politics & Policy

A Fizzy Bundle

Greg Gutfeld, host of Fox News’s sneaky, funny late-night show Red Eye, and co-host of its afternoon smash hit The Five, is an angry dwarf. His words, not mine. But the ...
Politics & Policy

Gadfly of the Arts

She’s a fast-talking gadfly-hipster, an iconoclastic critic of the cultural world, amusing, perceptive, and (occasionally) infuriating; sometimes glib, but seldom dull. Despite her dogmatic pronouncements, she’s a sort of intellectual ...
Politics & Policy

A Swollen Hobbit

The good news first: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, part one of the long-gestating trilogy of prequels to Peter Jackson’s astonishingly good Lord of the Rings, is not a failure, ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Saved, Not Abandoned “The Week” is a favorite part of my week. Thank you for it! But a point of clarification is needed for a paragraph from the December 17 issue, which ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ 2016 campaign slogan: Bin Laden is dead, AIG is alive! ‐ News of the passing of Judge Robert H. Bork, a National Review contributing editor, arrived as we were finishing ...
Athwart

Comrade Stone

The Showtime series Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States is like The Donner Party’s Christmas Cookbook — the title alone is sufficient warning. Some critics have objected to ...
The Long View

Bestseller Excerpts

From The Republican Brain Trust: The Untold Story, by Bob Woodward Publication Date: December 1, 2016 Page 23: . . . very deep in the building, below even what the blueprints of the structure itself ...
Happy Warrior

Beautiful, Please Hurry

Some years ago, my late BBC comrade Alistair Cooke took a young friend to New York’s famous Plaza Hotel, where a pianist was gaily tinkling. As Alistair enthused about each ...

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