Since I spend a lot of time in this space explaining how Andrew Sullivan is wrong, it’s worth acknowledging when he gets something exactly right:
What Kerry said he must apologize for. Sooner rather than later. He may not have meant it the way it came out. That doesn’t matter. It’s wrong to talk about the military that way - wrong morally, empirically and ethically. And the way he said it can be construed as a patronizing snub to the men and women whose lives are on the line. It’s also dumb politically not to kill this off in one news cycle. Is Kerry not content to lose just one election? Does his enormous ego have to insist on losing two?Meanwhile, Tom Maguire carefully explains (scroll down to “FROM HOTLINE:”) why, while it’s probably true that Kerry merely botched a Bush-is-dumb joke, it’s not crazy to think that Kerry might say something that meant exactly what it sounded like he meant. Maguire’s argument is bolstered by the various lefties who have reacted to this by saying things that sound a lot like “well of course people in the military are less educated than regular people like you and me.”
Those with long memories will remember a flap about a decade ago when Donna Shalala said that those who served in Vietnam weren’t “the best and the brightest sons.” The condescending view of the military as a victim class runs deep on the left, and those who hold it are often baffled when it makes people angry.
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?