Ross Douthat raises an important point about “bittergate” that I haven’t seen anyone else emphasize: Obama’s argument that economic anxieties cause people to “cling” to social issues is actually empirically false. While social issues have attracted some working-class voters to the Republicans and pushed some affluent social liberals out of the GOP, voters generally have to pass a certain threshold of financial comfort before focusing on values issues rather than bread-and-butter issues. It’s a big reason black and Hispanic social conservatism hasn’t paid major dividends for the GOP.
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?