Magazine November 15, 2021, Issue

Syllogisms for Simpletons

Comedian Dave Chappelle arrives at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 12, 2017. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

‘The fox knows many things; the hedgehog one great thing.” Classicists, presumably, know many quotes attributable to the Greek lyric poet Archilochus. I know just this great one. 

Likewise, the analysts and prognosticators in these pages — your Jims Geraghty, your Johns McCormack — could offer many well-informed views about the contours of the Virginia gubernatorial race, but I pretty much have just one big view: Glenn Youngkin seems inoffensive enough, and I can’t bleeping stand Terry McAuliffe.

As a pundit I’m not supposed to admit this sort of thing. As a Virginia resident and voter, I probably shouldn’t either. But that’s

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