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Finally, let me do justice to a book we should have reviewed months ago. Presidential Leadership: Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House, edited by James Taranto and Leonard Leo. It is a superb collection of essays on American presidents by some splendid taxonomists. The professor who presided over my Ph.D. pursuit and civilized my prose, Robert H. Ferrell, is there with a fine essay on Herbert Hoover. My favorite lawyer and adviser to the Bait Shop Junta, Ted Olson, writes scintillatingly on William Howard Taft. Harvey Mansfield and Paul Gigot are memorable on their subjects, Ronald Reagan and George I, respectively. There are other essays that particularly fetched me, Paul Johnson on a certain randy ex-governor, for instance. The great Bob Bartley has a sapient essay on leadership, and he certainly demonstrated that capacity in helping us revitalize AmSpec. But the writer I want to pay special homage to is James Taranto. His essay on leadership is very good but, more importantly, let me state it here: he is the most original journalistic voice of his generation, as can be seen daily on his “Best of the Web Today” at the Wall Street Journal’s OpinionJournal.com.
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the editor in chief of The American Spectator.
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?