Magazine November 2, 2015, Issue

Neither Tarnished Nor Afraid

Jack Kemp: The Bleeding-Heart Conservative Who Changed America, by Fred Barnes and Morton Kondracke (Sentinel, 400 pp., $29.95)

In this new book, veteran journalists Fred Barnes and Morton Kondracke make a strong case that the late Jack Kemp (1935–2009) was “the most important politician of the 20th century who was not president.” They are probably correct in their assessment; partisans of, say, Sam Rayburn might differ, but then, let them write their own book. And even Rayburnians would have to agree that Kemp was hugely consequential in his time. The unresolved question, then, is how he should be regarded today.

In their book, clearly a labor of love, Barnes and Kondracke declare that Kemp “embodied a spirit sorely missing

James P. Pinkerton — Mr. Pinkerton, a former domestic-policy aide in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, is a Fox News contributor and the editor of the Serious Medicine Strategy blog.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Boldly Go

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Features

Politics & Policy

Chairman Priebus

On a sunny Friday morning in January 2015, Reince Priebus stood inside the main ballroom of an elegant Southern California resort wearing a conqueror’s smile. The 42-year-old Wisconsinite, a placid-looking ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The iFranzen

The publication of a new Jonathan Franzen novel has a lot in common with the release of a new iPhone: Both early-autumn events are greeted with absurd amounts of anticipation, ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Lord Kelvin, Out of Context? Robert Zubrin (“The Human Factor,” September 21) may well be right to deny that global warming poses a risk of catastrophic problems. Part of his case ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ If Bernie Sanders is tired of hearing about Clinton scandals now, he should just wait till she’s president. ‐ Hillary Clinton came out against the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), a trade ...
Athwart

New Lamps for Old

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The Long View

Memorandum: CONFIDENTIAL

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Politics & Policy

Poetry

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Happy Warrior

The Napier Doctrine

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