There’s a lot of free lunch in this town, but I’m still not sure I’m brave enough to scarf it down.
On my way to Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse last Wednesday, my cabbie was viciously cut off by another taxi. My driver rolled his window down to shout, “You are needing to attend the training!” I Read More
Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus , by Rick Perlstein. Hill and Wang, 671 pages, $30.
At the 1964 Georgia state Republican convention, the worst Presidential candidate in modern American history was offered a sip of the soft drink named after him (Gold Water–”the right drink for the conservative Read More
At some point in the great circle jerk which passed for a Presidential election, a friend of mine suggested that Al Gore and George W. Bush settle their dispute by having a duel. With any luck, he added, the bullets from both men’s pistols will find their marks.
The plus side, if there is one, Read More
Like any of us who struggle for self-esteem, the Mayor might be pleased to hear how enthralling many readers found his youthful commentary on carpetbaggers, excerpted recently in this space from a column he wrote for the Manhattan College newspaper in 1964. He might be even more pleased to learn that the researcher who found Read More
Those of us who haven’t been following President Bill Clinton’s national conversation on race may turn with profit to the private sector and to two earnest liberals who have been trying to talk on their own: Jim Sleeper ( Liberal Racism ) and Tamar Jacoby ( Someone Else’s House: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration ). Read More