Magazine July 30, 2018, Issue

The Man from Harpers Ferry

Patrick Morrisey (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Patrick Morrisey runs for the Senate in a politically transformed West Virginia

Ripley, W.Va.

On the Fourth of July, as Patrick Morrisey marched down Main Street with supporters who waved red-white-and-blue placards for his Senate campaign, someone on a porch shouted at him: “New Jersey!” It was a putdown — an accusation that Morrisey doesn’t deserve a place in West Virginia’s public life because he grew up somewhere else. The winner of two statewide elections for attorney general, Morrisey heard the remark, smiled, and waved. Then he continued to move along the parade route, in an event that the town of Ripley (population 3,231) calls “America’s Largest Small Town Independence Celebration.” President George

To Read the Full Story
John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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Books

Wisconsin Spring

Charles J. Sykes reviews The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics, by Dan Kaufman.

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The Week

The Week

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