Geoffrey Norman

Geoffrey Norman is a long-time contributor to The American Spectator. His novel Inch by Inch can be found on Amazon.

Let Us Now Praise… Nick Foles

 

It was a perfect setup for cynics. If you were a hater of fairy tale endings, then you had to be looking forward to this one like the crocodile lurking at the waterhole when the wildebeests begin to arrive. Bob Ford, sports columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, put it to the hometown fans straight. Not […]

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This Is No Drill

 

The first bomb fell a little before morning colors and by the time the attack was over, less than three hours later, the U.S. Navy had lost almost all of what it considered its capital ships. These were the battleships, one of which had blown up when a Japanese bomb penetrated a magazine where powder […]

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What’s Good for General Motors?

 

In 1953, Charlie Wilson (“Engine Charlie”) was nominated to be Secretary of Defense by President Eisenhower. Wilson was President of General Motors and there was concern that he might be inclined to favor his old company in his decision making. In the committee hearings prior to the Senate confirmation vote, he was asked about this, […]

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Thanksgiving?

 

What to make of Thanksgiving? It isn’t what it used to be but, then, what is? It is not, plainly, PC. And certainly not cool. The story of the Pilgrims and Indians and Norman Rockwell’s depiction of serving the turkey can’t meet the most minimal requirements. Furthermore, the logic of the thing is dicey. If […]

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One Century Later

 

The conflict that ended one hundred years ago — on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” – was at first called, “The Great War.” Winston Churchill had, as usual, the right and necessary words:  The Great War differed from all ancient wars in the immense power of the combatants and […]

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A Confederate Legacy?

 

A few years ago, I spent some time with members of the Cherokee Nation, in both North Carolina and Oklahoma. I was researching a story for the National Geographic but I pretty quickly lost any sense of detachment and became — in my mind, anyway — a kind of advocate. I liked the people and admired […]

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How Guns Made America

 

Andrew Cuomo recently blurted out that “America has never been great.” The remark generated the predictable reaction and Cuomo quickly backed away, saying that the remark had been “inartful” and that, of course, “America has always been great.” The Governor of New York is plainly confused, here, so perhaps he could arrive at some clarity […]

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So Close

 

Tiger Woods came close. Closer than Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jayson Day, Jordan Spieth, and the all the other young guns who had become contenders for the title of greatest in the world since Woods had last won a major championship, ten years ago. There was, in fact, only one man ahead of him on the […]

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Almost for Tiger

 

In the moments after Tiger Woods had played his way into the lead at the British Open and appeared to be the only player on the course in full control of his game, Dan Jenkins tweeted the following: Wondering if there’s room to jump back on the Tiger bandwagon. Asking for a friend. Following Jenkins’ […]

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The Open

 

It is a tournament that appeals to an old aesthetic and a reactionary conviction that maybe golf shouldn’t be too much fun for either the spectators or the players. That the game isn’t about only towering drives followed by a wedge to the green, a putt for birdie, and winning scores that run to double […]

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