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Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?

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May 9, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 32 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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If Donald Trump does nothing else for the next few months, he would do all Americans an enormous favor if, deploying the worldwide resources of the Trump Organization, he located and identified this anonymous “Barack Hussein Obama I” who secretly controls the United States government and (some have said) The Scrapbook. 

Sentences We Didn’t Finish

"The ground floor bathroom [of designer Reed Krakoff’s town house] is covered entirely in golden snakeskin and contains a spheroid toilet more stunning than anything the vast majority of the public .  .  . ” (New Yorker, April 25).

A Spectacular Tenth Anniversary Issue 

The Scrapbook is pleased to doff its homburg to the estimable Claremont Review of Books. The Tenth Anniversary issue just landed on our cluttered desk—with a bit of a thud, actually, since it’s a hefty double issue, running 118 pages. But a very high quality thud—it’s an astonishingly compelling assortment.

The Scrapbook, out of TWS solidarity, first perused William Kristol’s (rave) review of James Ceaser’s Designing a Polity. (As always, it’s well worth reading the boss, we hasten to add.) Then we moved on to meaty essays by Harvey Mansfield (on Tocqueville’s views of religion and liberty), Diana Schaub (on Facebook), Paul Cantor (on Chinua Achebe), Wilfred McClay (on American exceptionalism)—and there’s a lot more, and a lot more very, very good stuff.

With the Claremont Review (ten years old), the New Atlantis (eight years old), and now National Affairs and the Jewish Review of Books (each barely toddlers at less than two), we seem to be witnessing a revival of impressive intellectual quarterlies. We welcome these partners in crime to the conversation and the good fight, and urge our readers to take a look at all of them.

House GOP Hurts Obama’s Popularity

On a recent airing of “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” on MSNBC, the host asked Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post to make sense of Congress’s and the president’s low poll numbers. Explained Fineman,

I think it’s also true that people are a little disappointed in the president because he hasn’t been able to change the way Washington works at all. Indeed, Congress is even more poorly regarded. Everybody wanted a bigger deal than was done the last budget go around. And so, in an odd way, the fact the Republicans and Congress are so poorly regarded, that the whole system is so poorly regarded, drags everybody down, including the president.

As blogger Noel Sheppard aptly commented, “Can you imagine a liberal media member like Howard Fineman .  .  . giving any of the blame [for President George W. Bush’s sagging numbers] to former House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), or the Democrat party? Neither can I.”

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