Political Intelligence

Angelo Codevilla discusses claims of intellectual superiority in politics. I can’t remember much concern with intelligence in political discussions when I was a child, though the campaign of Adlai Stevenson did allege a kind of intellectual superiority that seemed divorced from both intelligence and achievement. In recent years, however, intellectual superiority has become an important argument on the Left. As Codevilla observes, it’s part of … Continue reading Political Intelligence

Profile in Sanity

Stranger in a Strange Land, former President Bush attorney John Yoo at home in Berkeley CA, despite calls for his ouster. “I think of myself as being West Berlin during the Cold War, a shining beacon of capitalism and democracy surrounded by a sea of Marxism,” Yoo observes, sipping iced tea in the faculty club lounge, a wan smile registering the discomfort of colleagues walking … Continue reading Profile in Sanity

Moral Idiocy, Presbyterian-Style

The Middle East Peace Committee of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) has released its report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Anti-Defamation League has denounced it as “an offensive attack.” Already a cascade of articles has discussed the report, which promises to generate further controversy as the summer General Assembly vote on the report nears. I won’t try to detail the … Continue reading Moral Idiocy, Presbyterian-Style

Liberty dies to applause and to cheers of “yes we can”

Watching the US House pass the healthcare bill two nights ago left me shaking my head and my ire at democrats skyrocketing. I can’t and will not listen to them, and refuse to believe they can ever be trusted with the keys to the country. Eleven states are prepared to file suit against this legislation and I hope against all hope they are successful. (Brings … Continue reading Liberty dies to applause and to cheers of “yes we can”


The United States of America: 1776-2010. As my friend Max put it, 234 years was a pretty good run. I don’t know what we are now, but we’re no longer a free-market economy or a Constitutional republic. And just wait to see what other calumnies will be visited upon us by this Congress…. Continue reading RIP USA

Bart Stupak: At least Ben Nelson Got like a Jillion $$ for His Vote

Thank you all so much.  This has been a riveting game of pro-life-pro-abortion chicken, but in the end, a pol’s a pol’s a whore. The executive order means even less than the Senate’s promise to pass the sidecar reconciliation bill tout de suite, which is really saying something about meaninglessness. Continue reading Bart Stupak: At least Ben Nelson Got like a Jillion $$ for His Vote

NYT Mag: Grotesque

Do you take the Sunday NYT?  I do, or rather, my husband does.  He’s still living in the pre-cable, pre-talk radio world where you simply assume that the NYT is balanced because William Safire and David Brooks are on the editorial page, and if you want some really conservative reading, there’s always the Wall Street Journal.  Several years ago, I complained that Frank Rich had … Continue reading NYT Mag: Grotesque