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(Roman Genn)


Vice President Biden said, twice, that conservatives have spent $200 billion on political ads. He meant $200 million. Explains a lot about the last two years.

Barack Obama is a thoughtful man. One thing he gives a lot of thought to is why not everyone loves him. During the Democratic primaries in 2008, he came up with this reason: Where “jobs have been gone now for 25 years,” people “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” Two years later, he has given this thought a scientific basis: “Facts and science and argument [do] not seem to be winning the day . . . because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.” There is a speck of sympathy here for people in economic trouble, but look at the pearl of self-infatuation that coats it: Fear produced by hard-wiring blocks out facts and science and argument (e.g., the words of Obama). And this guy is stumping to help candidates? Democrats should send him on a state visit to Papua.


November 15, 2010    |     Volume LXII, No. 21

  • In trying to prevent inflation and deflation, Ben Bernanke treads a perilous path.
  • Doing so would go a long way toward restoring federalism and the separation of powers.
  • A word against Clinton nostalgia.
  • An epidemic of building-squatting afflicts Amsterdam — and the liberal officialdom can scarcely muster a shrug.
  • Juan Williams’s real crime was to refuse to stick with his own kind.
  • China’s toy currency is not what ails our economy, claims of self-interested U.S. politicians notwithstanding.
  • The War on Terror has not brought with it a disturbing expansion of executive power, or any expansion at all.
  • That originalism does not justify our civil-rights jurisprudence is no argument against originalism.
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