Category Archives: Politics

Sink or Swim?

I see reports that Senator Dianne Feinstein met with Samuel Alito to discuss his judicial philosophy: Feinstein said she believed Alito was sincere. She said they discussed Row v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion . . . Yeah, Row versus Wade. A couple of times I’ve actually had to make that decision […]

Mediocre Miers

A friend emailed me a copy of David Brooks’ column today, in which he spotlights some of Harriet Miers inane prose (I would read the column myself, but the New York Times won’t let me): Of all the words written about Harriet Miers, none are more disturbing than the ones she wrote herself. In the […]

In the Red Zone

Steven Vincent authored In the Red Zone almost a year before he was murdered in Basra, Iraq. When I read about his death, I knew I had to read the book. A freelance journalist (actually a former art critic), he wrote articles from Iraq that were published in the National Review and The New York […]

The Ladies Do Protest Too Much, Methinks

The New York Times reports that Karen Hughes, now “under secretary of state for public diplomacy,” recently spoke to a group of Saudi women about her desires for women’s rights in the Arab world. According to the Times, when “Ms. Hughes expressed the hope here that Saudi women would be able to drive and ‘fully […]

The Rumors of its Death are Greatly Exaggerated

A. O. Scott, the chief New York Times film critic and one of my favorite reviewers, writes that “the myth of a monolithically liberal Hollywood is dead.” His evidence? He believes recent films demonstrate an effort to appeal to conservative and/or religious viewers. But his descriptions of “conservative” film elements prove that a shop-worn journalists’ […]

War on Terror Considered

Last week Mark Danner wrote an essay for the New York Times assessing the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the consequent “war on terror.” Although no fan of the way the Administration has handled things, Danner’s sober analysis is not the same ilk as the tripe one hears from the President’s most vocal opponents […]