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Reclaiming the left

The political terrain since Teflon Ron and heir Bill Clinton has shifted rightwards so gradually that what once seemed bedrock Democratic philosophy looks like lunacy through the Coke bottle lens of the Beltway commentariat. Actually, I’ve heard little chatter about … Continue reading

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The virtues of doggedness

One of my favorite media appearances by Christopher Hitchens in the five years before his death was on the Hugh Hewitt show, to which I won’t link in accordance with the rule that one doesn’t invite vampires into one’s home. … Continue reading

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The peril of narratives

Besides “optics,” “going forward,” and “Joe Scarborough,” the most useless string of words in political journalism is “feeding the narrative.” When reporters use it on TV, it’s like a flare fired by a survivor on a raft: a signal that … Continue reading

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The Democrats’ local election problem

Like the GOP in 2012, the DNC commissioned a study of What Went Wrong following congressional losses in 2014. The conclusion, as Chris Cillizza sees it: Traditionally, Democrats — and, in particular, the party’s major donors — have not been … Continue reading

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Why Democrats love getting along

The left likes to play fair. That’s why Howard Dean appears on “Morning Joe” and within two minutes forces me to repudiate what I said in 2004. The guy who said he became interested in foreign policy from reading journals … Continue reading

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Squeeze play: The Octopus

To qualify as realist, early twentieth century American fiction needed the smell of the stockyards and signs that the novelists read newspapers. Frank Norris isn’t as widely read as Crane, Dreiser, or The Jungle, and I understand: he is by … Continue reading

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Hack Writing, Pt. 3412

Count the cliches in this story: There are other ways the Bush team thinks the Jeb brand could be unique. His father, George H.W. Bush, governed as a ­free-spending, tax-raising, ­foreign-policy pragmatist, while Jeb Bush aims to offer himself as … Continue reading

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