8:02 AM, Feb 28, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
A brilliant essay by James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal on why Santorum might well be electable, on populist conservatism, and on a "clarifying sentence" by Clive Crook with commentary by Mickey Kaus and Jeffrey Bell. Here's a taste—but read the whole thing:
What actually caught our attention about the Crook essay, though, was what Mickey Kaus identified as a "clarifying sentence": "When prosperous liberals vote their values, not their interests, that's enlightened. When poor conservatives do it, it's dumb."
That's sarcasm. . . .
When we clicked through to Crook's piece, though, we were astounded to find this sentence qualifying his just-stated sympathy for pro-American populism: "Of course, not many black Americans and not many women long for the lives their parents led." A whole world of condescension and presumption are wrapped in those 17 words, and we'd like to unpack it.
Barack Obama has managed a rare feat: The longer he holds office, the more he diminishes in stature. Aug 2, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 43 • By JAMES W. CEASER
From charisma to populism—this is the slippery slope down which Barack Obama has been sliding over the past two years. In June 2008, Obama the candidate described his nomination as “the moment when . . . our planet began to heal.” In June 2010, Obama the president promised his partisans he would find an “ass to kick.”
The insurgents meet the insiders.Mar 1, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 23 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
It was a good week for proclamations, with Washington conservative leaders, tea party activists, and the GOP all touting statements of principle as thousands of conservatives came to town for the annual CPAC conference. The GOP’s statement has yet to be released, but each group’s intentions have nonetheless been scrutinized and parsed by the media in what feels like a political version of the eHarmony compatibility test.
1:53 PM, Feb 10, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
First, it was the spending freeze that sent economist and NYT columnist Paul Krugman into a tantrum, saying that Obama "liquidated himself" by "embrac[ing] and validat[ing] the Republican world-view."
His presidency is teetering and only Obama can pull it to safety.5:47 PM, Jan 25, 2010 • By FRED BARNES
In the new movie The Young Victoria, the mother of Victoria and her chief overseer meet with the prime minister, Lord Melbourne, to discuss what role they’ll play now that Victoria has become queen of England. They’ve waged a fierce struggle to retain control over Victoria. Suddenly Melbourne cuts off the chatter and bluntly explains the situation. “You lost,” he says.
That’s the situation that faces President Obama and his White House advisers. Months of polls on the president and his policies, the Virginia and New Jersey governor’s elections, then last week’s momentous Massachusetts Senate race – all have sent the blunt message to Obama that, for now, he’s lost. But Obama and his team insist on pretending it’s not true.
While increased protectionism remains a real concern. 12:00 AM, Jan 23, 2010 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Enough is enough. That is the message the most reliably Democratic state in America sent to President Obama and his Democratic congress Tuesday when its voters chose Republican Scott Brown to represent them in the U.S. Senate. The majority of Americans style themselves as somewhere between centrist and center-right, and were not happy to see centrist candidate Obama morph into leftist President Obama. He pressed for a government takeover of the health care system, and government involvement in the banking, energy, auto, insurance and other sectors. And he launched a spending spree that will leave future generations to pick up the bill for huge deficits.
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