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But the rest of his victories were short-lived. Helms terrified the foreign policy establishment when in 1986 he won the party’s ranking slot on the Foreign Relations committee. He defeated a more moderate Republican for the job, and he walked out of the party’s vote smiling at the press corps. “I’m sorry to disappoint you folks,” he said to reporters. “I hate to ruin your day, but you lost.”
From 1995 to 2001, when he led the committee, he put fear in the bones of internationalists, killed the nominations of people who favored Third World birth control, and delighted the right. But the man he defeated for the job, Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, came back to run the committee after Helms retired. That’s the same Lugar who co-sponsored arms control legislation with Barack Obama, and whom Obama says might have a place in his cabinet.
Flick on talk radio and you’ll hear Helms’s legacy. Flick on C-Span and you’ll wonder if the man had any impact at all.
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?