Magazine November 7, 2016, Issue

The Downside of Romneyism

The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class, by Edward Conard (Portfolio, 320 pp., $29)

Mitt Romney nostalgia is cresting among conservative intellectuals, and for good reason. In 2012, Romney offered an inclusive center-right politics, one with an appeal starkly different from that of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Trump has a withering disdain for policy specifics; Romney demonstrated comprehensive mastery of the ins and outs of governance. Trump’s moral record is highly questionable; Romney seemed to epitomize personal integrity and virtue. Like many others, I entertained the fantasy of Romney-as-white-knight well into the long, hot summer of 2016.

In this new book, Edward Conard — Romney’s longtime friend, business associate, and high-dollar fundraiser — has produced

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Looking the Other Way on Abortion Jay Nordlinger’s article “No More Baby” (September 26) concludes that we are a “deeply hypocritical society” because we won’t admit that killing a newborn baby is ...
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The Week

‐ Bob Dylan is to literature as Barack Obama is to peace. ‐ “How is that not classified?” That was the stunned reaction of Clinton confidante Huma Abedin upon learning that ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

HOMELAND “. . . I cannot sing Amid this horror.”                      – Anna Akhmatova                      (early draft of “Poem without a Hero”) Months pass without a single word recorded, Eliminating each suspicious link: The terrorizing, barbarizing, sordid, The ones who ...

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