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No, unfortunately, Paul Beston is looking a gift horse in the mouth, failing to even correctly discern the author’s thesis, blinded by the author’s left politics and certain details he was obliged to include to secure the approval of the Imperial NYT’s Editors.
In my view, David Horowitz and Andrew Sullivan had it right — this thing was a gift. Everyone is right that it was not perfect, but the allegation that it was a “hatchet job,” or that it painted us as pawns of the Beltway VRWC, or Jonah Goldberg’s statement that “to say that these kids actually read, research and think on their own, rather than get ‘talking points’ from Karl Rove would have undermined the author’s thesis and make the piece far less attractive to the Times” is really not accurate. Well, I take that back — the part about the Times is correct, but the part about John is not.
I know that it will be easy to write this off as some young kid who thinks he knows it all but got duped is strong, but I ask you not to. When we first heard that the NYT was interested in us, we thought the same sort of stuff — it’ll be a hatchet job, etc., but it will get our name out there. That didn’t happen. John truly, genuinely, honestly likes and respects us. Maybe he wasn’t clear enough in the article, but he does not see us as pawns of LI, CN, ISI, etc. Now, granted, he had to discuss such allegations, and did so at length. And granted, he is not a conservative, and that showed. But what did anyone expect? The important part is not that John is liberal or that they quoted David Brock. The important part is that John rejected the usual liberal crap and painted a very complimentary picture of us. In order to do so and have the NYT print it, he had to jump through the usual hoops — quoting Brock, probing the Beltway groups, asking the girls (he was clearly embarrassed that he was ordered to do this) how they squared being female and conservative, etc. But if you could have seen the way he was acting when he was around us, you’d understand — there’s no way to fake the way he was acting and the way I really believe he feels about us. The man respects us. He probably went into it thinking we were weirdoes, but came out of it begging me to take him shooting, enjoying said shooting, and completely rejecting the criticisms of the Bucknell administration, the leftist race-baiters on campus, the decriers of LI/CN/ISI, etc. That, in my view, is notable, and for the Right to miss it while decrying his frequent use of “right-wing” and other terms is frankly looking a gift horse in the mouth.p>Mr. Beston owes John an apology, and he owes the rest of us in the movement one, too, for making us look like a bunch of rich, whiny brats (which is just how the Left would like to paint us). br> — Charles Mitchell br> President br> Bucknell University Conservatives Club br> Lewisburg, PA /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?