Magazine April 20, 2015, Issue

Jeb, Scott, and the Rest

(All photos AP)
How fare the Republican presidential hopefuls?

As of late March, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker were tied in national polls of Republicans (judging from the averages at RealClearPolitics). They are neck-and-neck in New Hampshire; Walker leads in Iowa and Bush in South Carolina. It’s a race without a clear front-runner, but with two candidates ahead of the rest.

Republican primaries usually follow a pattern. The party’s elected officials and big donors tend to cluster behind one or two candidates; activists who consider that “party establishment” insufficiently conservative split among several candidates; and the leading establishment candidate wins. But the anti-establishment tendencies of Republicans have been growing. Mitt …

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

The Taxman Endureth

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The Anti-Scold

The renegade British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been fired from his wildly popular automotive show, Top Gear, and his fans are not happy. A petition, hosted by Change.org, attracted ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Majoring in Anthro

Not long ago, Eric Owens of the Daily Caller wrote an article about the latest antics of the American Anthropological Association. (They were threatening to boycott Israel.) He described anthropology ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Upper Crust

After more than two centuries as one of New York’s founding clans, the Roosevelts discovered that their family tree had so many branches that a woman could marry within the ...
Politics & Policy

On the Couch

Theodore Dalrymple begins this anti-psychology polemic with a quote from the great 17th-century memoirist François de La Rochefoucauld: “In the misfortunes of our friends, there is something not entirely unpleasing.” ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Mr. Republican’s Military In “Conservatarianism” (March 23), Charles C. W. Cooke characterizes “the Right’s traditional approach to defense” as being based on the “sober recognition that the global order requires a ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ The Left predicted that Jon Stewart’s succession by a biracial foreigner would be greeted with hate and fear from paranoid, partisan zealots. And they were right. ‐ Clean as a ...
The Long View

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Athwart

Persian Doormat

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

THE MOVEMENT ‘HE SHALL FEED HIS FLOCK’ FROM THE MESSIAH You bought me rest from wind and hail. I lay my head on the balcony rail. Crickets are seething all around. I lay my ...

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