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Rodham of the Barrel; Beth Dozoretz, Martyr; Dale Earnhardt Crashes on Deadline

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

BOSTON – Right around the time Hillary’s brother "Huge" Rodham began waddling across America’s television screens, Andrea Mitchell took to worrying that former President Clinton was "blowing his legacy." Huge’s spectacular cupidity offered several new story lines. He spoke volumes, for instance, about Rodham family values, the kind it takes a village to make. Hillary [&hellip
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Sub Standard: The U.S. and its Military Are Global Drunken Fratboys

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Aside from the occasional bombing of Iraq, George W. Bush says, the United States can no longer serve as the world’s policeman. Nope. We’ve got a new role: as the world’s drunken fratboy. The ramming of the Japanese fishing boat Ehime Maru by the U.S. nuclear attack sub Greeneville, during a joyride sponsored for 16 [&hellip
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Democrats Lose Their Minds; Me and Toomey; Fair (to Middling) Harvard

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

They are really going out of their minds. Last week, Yale legal scholar Bruce Ackerman wrote in the American Prospect that, since seven Democratic hacks on the Florida Supreme Court were blocked from vetoing the public mandate in a settled presidential election, our system of constitutional government no longer obtains. Government, in fact, ought to [&hellip
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Do Americans Think at All?; Ashcroft Fallout; A Hundred Pols, A Hundred Tax Cuts

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The best measure of Washington’s Middle-Americanness is "the new rock alternative," WHFS, 99.1 FM, the closest thing our nation’s capital has to an underground rock station. For ’HFS, "alternative" seems to mean playing the Top 40 minus Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. But leave that aside: the station is the gathering point of every [&hellip
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Hillary’s Unprecedented Greed; Bush, the Clinton of the Right

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Next month sees the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which limits presidents to two terms. After a half-century in force, through the administrations of 11 presidents, it has been of only hypothetical use–until now. Of those presidents who managed to get elected twice, Richard Nixon was bounced from [&hellip
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George W. Bush, Weeper; Jesse’s Girl

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Generals fight the last war, and the professorial worldview is usually the student worldview of a generation ago. George W. Bush’s arrival in Washington confirms that there’s a similar time lag at work with presidents: Presidents look at the world as did the movie stars of the previous generation. If Richard Nixon was Edward G. [&hellip
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Linda Chavez and Marijuana; More Drug-Law Nonsense; Kiss Me, Kate (Harris)

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Neither of my parents had a Chesterfieldian obsession with good manners, but there was one piece of advice they drummed into my head pretty thoroughly by the time I was about four years old: Never make a big deal about how honest you are. Because whenever someone says, Frankly…or To tell the truth…or I’ll be [&hellip
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The Democrats Slide Back into Folly; The Old Glory Bonfire; Powell’s a Giant?

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The make-believe centrism Democrats have successfully marketed for almost a decade is beginning to unravel–or, to put it more precisely, the real centrism of President Clinton has proved a highly personal thing, unable to survive his departure. In fact, driven into a frustrated rage by an election that Al Gore managed to lose despite getting [&hellip
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Mike Barnicle Does It Again; Mass. Murder

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

"Hey, what are you hearing?" Blow says. (What are you hearing? outstrips even How ya doin’? and Hi! as the most common salutation in town.) "Not much." (Music to Blow’s ears.) "I was just told Sen. Horne’s been caught in an affair with his secretary." "Oh, yeah. Jennifer Legg. Too bad. She’s a nice kid." [&hellip
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Bush Gives Greenspan the Fratboy Rubdown; Powell Forward; Hillary, Invincible Termagant

Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The first was the AP’s shot of Bush smirking behind bewildered-looking Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan after their Tuesday meeting. Dangling over the lapels of Greenspan’s jacket were all eight of Bush’s fingers and none of his thumbs. He wasn’t…? Was he actually…? Why, yes–Bush was giving Greenspan the time-honored Fratboy Rubdown, beloved greeting of prepsters [&hellip
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