Magazine November 27, 2017, Issue

Interactions of the Factions

Pat Buchanan (Kris Connor/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Purist political beliefs are good for debating but bad for governing

Truman Capote’s great unfinished novel was called “Answered Prayers,” after a saying from Saint Teresa of Ávila: More tears are shed for answered prayers than for unanswered ones. I think she had the trials of God’s friendship in mind, but this lovely, pious saying now makes me think of Donald Trump. Getting what you want from politics is the worst thing that can be inflicted on an opinion journalist. Especially when you don’t expect it.

Factionalism on the American right is probably a political handicap for the Republican party but an intellectual boon for conservatives. The clash of neoconservatives, paleos, supply-siders,

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Books, Arts & Manners




The Many Names of the Entitlement State In “Cut the Payroll Tax” (October 16), James C. Capretta asserts: “Cutting it would encourage more people to join the labor force; it would ...
The Week

The Week

‐ Bernie Sanders is shocked that the Democrats’ election was fixed. This would never happen under socialism. ‐ Democrat Ralph Northam shellacked Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernatorial race. It’s ...


PLEASANT BAY Because it rained all day, everyone grew sad. Those already sad grew sadder. The cupped blossoms of the wild strawberries broadcast through the fields drained as quickly as they filled, while we were filled ...