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  • About Gwen "Take That, Bibi" Ifill

    09/04/2015 8:30:24 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | September 3, 2015 | Jay Nordlinger
    Well, I’ve said it a million times: The anchorman of CBS News should attend Democratic fundraisers (as happened). The Supreme Court reporter of the New York Times, a.k.a. the paper of record, should march in abortion-rights rallies (as happened). And PBS news figures should be open partisans. Yesterday, when Senator Barbara Mikulski declared for the Iran deal, meaning that this deal could not be blocked by the Senate, Gwen Ifill spiked the football. “Take that, Bibi,” she tweeted. Aha! Good one, Gwen! The PBS ombudsman has written about this matter disapprovingly. I’m not sure I disapprove. What I disapprove of...
  • Damnable

    10/06/2012 5:43:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 3, 2012 | Jay Nordlinger
    Concerning Obama’s Hampton University speech, just one observation. I don’t care so much about the down-home accent and style. Lots of people slip into different skins, for different purposes. It isn’t necessarily hypocritical or wrong. (That said, I’m not eager to hear Hillary Clinton’s “black voice” again. Will we be treated to it when she runs in 2016?)What is damnable about Obama’s Hampton speech is this: It perpetrates a racial lie. It furthers racial grievance and alienation. It hardens division in our society. It increases bitterness and mistrust.The charge that President Bush and Republicans generally were indifferent to black...
  • Massachusetts Did Not Elect A Squish (Yes, Brown Really IS A Conservative Alert)

    01/19/2010 8:43:52 PM PST · by goldstategop · 124 replies · 2,073+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/19/2010 | Jay Nordlinger
    From Brown’s victory speech: “And let me say this, with respect to those who wish to harm us: I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation. They do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.” Isn’t that the sort of right-wing talk that is supposed to be poison in our politics now? I wonder whether Americans in general realize how conservative Scott Brown is — how conservative a campaign he ran. I wonder if they...
  • Jay Nordlinger: "How does it look to the boys in the camps?" + Castro, China, Jackie Chan, etc.

    04/20/2009 8:58:03 AM PDT · by Tolik · 14 replies · 870+ views
    NRO ^ | April 20, 2009 | Jay Nordlinger
    Like you, I’m sure, I’m all for “realism” in foreign policy. Sometimes you have to hold your nose: as when you deal with the rulers in Beijing, for example. But now and then you might ask, “How does it look to the boys in the camps?” That is the line attributed to Vladimir Bukovsky, the great Soviet dissident. When making policy or holding meetings, Westerners should pause to consider, “How will it look to the boys in the camps?” Well, our new president, Obama, has been pretty depressing on that score. It started, really, when he gave an interview to...
  • Jay Nordlinger: Shook up about Rush, &c.

    03/05/2009 12:25:09 PM PST · by Tolik · 29 replies · 1,803+ views
    NRO ^ | March 5, 2009 | Jay Nordlinger
    In recent days, there has been a great fuss over Rush Limbaugh. It’s amazing, the attention he attracts, and the heebie-jeebies he gives people. Some of my friends have blasted him. One was in my office just yesterday, blasting him. Okay. Rush isn’t for everybody, but who is? There are many other radio hosts on the dial, and you can choose the ones you like — or none at all. I like Rush. I think he’s right about almost everything. And I like his spirit — the sheer joie de vivre he expresses. I wish I had more of that...
  • Standing Up To The Bully. A Reason to Elect McCain. [Remembering Reagan]

    11/03/2008 9:53:59 AM PST · by Tolik · 6 replies · 782+ views
    NRO ^ | November 02, 2008 | Jay Nordlinger
    There are a lot of people who didn’t like Edmund Morris’s biography of Reagan, which was authorized — they said it was a failure, or at least a missed opportunity. I don’t know. I didn’t read it. But I do know this: Morris had one insight into Reagan, and it was perfectly observed. Reagan spent his entire life standing up to the bully. From boyhood on, he interposed himself between the bully and the innocent. He stood up to the bullies in his schools. He stood up to the Communists in Hollywood, and to the coercive unions. He stood up...
  • Don't Shoot the Messenger...'cause this assessment's grim

    10/01/2004 6:10:54 AM PDT · by SmithPatterson · 113 replies · 2,818+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 10-1-04 | Jay Nordlinger
    Don’t Shoot the Messenger . . . . . . ’cause this assessment’s grim. Don't shoot the messenger. I thought Kerry did very, very well; and I thought Bush did poorly — much worse than he is capable of doing. Listen: If I were just a normal guy — not Joe Political Junkie — I would vote for Kerry. On the basis of that debate, I would. If I were just a normal, fairly conservative, war-supporting guy: I would vote for Kerry. On the basis of that debate. And I promise you that no one wants this president reelected more...
  • Impromptus: Rock bottom, “diversion,” the debates, etc

    09/27/2004 10:11:24 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 306+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 9/28/2004 | Jay Nordlinger
    The Kerry campaign has reached rock bottom. I'm not talking about its standing in the polls — I don't care about that, so much. I'm talking about its moral status. Its behavior during Prime Minister Allawi's visit to the United States was appalling. The contempt that these people — the Kerry people — threw on Allawi was beyond belief. I feel like a McCarthyite when I think, "Are they on the other side? They seem desperate for our endeavors in Iraq to fail. They seem to be rooting against us." But I think it. Of Allawi, Joe Lockhart, the Kerry...
  • The Speech: 'This was easily one of the best political speeches I have ever heard'

    09/03/2004 1:24:57 AM PDT · by ambrose · 39 replies · 1,897+ views
    National Review ^ | 9/3/04 | Jay Nordlinger
    -snip- (click on above link to read his other comments) -snip- Okay, folks, George W. Bush, the Big Kahuna, the Main Event. Let me give you some notes, made as I was watching and listening. 1. That introductory film was superb - maybe the best such film I have seen (although the one for the senior Bush in '88 was mighty good - remember the survey of the Salvadoran honor guard, and the hugging of the old Polish woman?). The W. film was soft and hard at the same time, crunchy and soggy (to borrow Mike Barone's language, I think)....
  • There they go again. The Seinfeld Ruling. 1944 and all that — etc.

    06/01/2004 2:59:53 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 9 replies · 434+ views
    NRO ^ | 6/1/04 | Jay Nordlinger
    Shall we start with some media bias? Some grousing about? Conservatives never tire of it — the grousing, that is — but, at the same time, the media never tire of delivering the bias. So . . . From lovely Reuters comes a news story, featuring this sentence: "Bush, who avoided combat in Vietnam while serving as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard, calls himself a war president for his re-election campaign against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran." Read that a few times, and keep gasping. That sentence is from a wire service, mind...
  • Impromptus: There they go again. The Seinfeld Ruling. 1944 and all that — etc.

    06/01/2004 9:04:52 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 9 replies · 124+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 6/1/2004 | Jay Nordlinger
    Shall we start with some media bias? Some grousing about? Conservatives never tire of it — the grousing, that is — but, at the same time, the media never tire of delivering the bias. So . . . From lovely Reuters comes a news story, featuring this sentence: "Bush, who avoided combat in Vietnam while serving as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard, calls himself a war president for his re-election campaign against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran." Read that a few times, and keep gasping. That sentence is from a wire service, mind...
  • Oh, Teresa (Part CCLXVII)! Bush in (oratorical) action. Watt’s up! And more

    02/26/2004 6:44:53 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 5 replies · 122+ views
    NRO ^ | 2/26/04 | Jay Nordlinger
    Ready for a little Teresa, the lady who would be First Lady? Okay, check her out. First, in response to Bush's gay-marriage position, she says, "It's divisive politics." Oh, sure: divisiveness. Because it's only supporters of a marriage amendment who are acting divisively, not those who would impose a radical redefinition of marriage. "You wish to thwart my staggeringly revolutionary action, therefore you are divisive." What a lovely way to argue! And here's Joe Klein, in the Quote of the Day from yesterday's Hotline (a political compilation from the National Journal people): "[Bush] said he was a war president, but...
  • Impromptus: Davos Journal, Part III

    01/26/2004 10:13:55 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 2 replies · 79+ views
    NRO ^ | 1/26/2004 | Jay Nordlinger
    Welcome to Part III (and for Parts I and II, go here and here). Shall we just wade right in? Back in, that is? Okay. I'll begin this installment with the amazing Olusegun Obasanjo, president of Nigeria. He meets with a few journalists in an on-the-record session, garbed in his native dress, looking elegant and serene. As I mentioned earlier in this Journal, Obasanjo is a dignified man whose lilting English is endearing, almost hypnotic. If he's challenged, however, he gets prickly — formidable. The thought occurs, "You don't get to be Number One in an African country — or...
  • Impromptus: Davos Journal, Part 1

    01/23/2004 9:56:53 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 6 replies · 105+ views
    NRO ^ | 1/23/2004 | Jay Nordlinger
    Friends, I'm writing you from the village of Davos, in Switzerland, where the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum is being held. I will report for the next few days, mixing items of some moment with items of a light nature. (How does that differ from the normal Impromptus, huh?) Anyone and everyone is here, as is always the case. You have your heads of state: Abdullah, Klaus, Kwasniewski, Musharraf, Khatami, Erdogan. You have a slew of foreign ministers, and other ministers. U.S. Cabinet members include Ashcroft and Evans (Vice President Cheney will also show.) You have thinkers, deep...
  • Impromptus: Davos Journal, Part II (Warning: Impeached Prez alert)

    01/23/2004 10:03:40 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 12 replies · 138+ views
    NRO ^ | 1/23/2004 | Jay Nordlinger
    Yesterday, I committed Part I of this Davos Journal, and I promised you, the next day, a little Bill Clinton — so here he is. As you may remember from my reporting and commentary last year, Bill Clinton is King of Davos, the World Economic Forum's favorite American, by far, just as Shimon Peres is its favorite Israeli (you may detect a pattern here). There is almost a worshipful attitude about Clinton here in Davos, as people get adoring looks in their eyes, and follow his every move like bobby-soxers in thrall to Sinatra. No wonder the ex-prez so loves...
  • Impromptus: Beware American! Beware a too-early withdrawal! Don't beware Gephardt necessarily

    11/14/2003 8:18:26 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 4 replies · 71+ views
    NRO ^ | 11/14/2003 | Jay Nordlinger
    May I start with a little anti-union rant? I didn't think you'd mind, you NRO wingnuts, you. It is also an anti-airline rant — and you may not mind that, either. I'm writing you on the high seas, in the course of a National Review cruise (and you should really come on one). But I don't have my baggage, and never have, since I boarded last Saturday. Here was the deal: On that day, Saturday, I took an American Airlines flight to Ft. Lauderdale, to meet NR's ship. The plane landed, on time, at 2:15. But the ground crew would...

    11/06/2003 8:05:33 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 3 replies · 121+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 6 Nov 2003 | Jay Nordlinger
    Colmes & Kunstler. Rosie, o Rosie. About David Bar-Illan. And more I saw something that shocked me, from Alan Colmes. You know him: one half of the Hannity-and-Colmes team on Fox. Interviewed by The Hotline (a Washington political sheet), Colmes was asked, "If you could have any other job besides the one you have now, what would it be?" Colmes answered, "I admired William Kunstler. To defend the defenseless, to empower the powerless, to work within the system to change it. Atticus Finch in 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'" This is a breathtaking statement, if you know the personalities, issues, and...
  • Impromptus: Unchanging principles, “real people,” a horrendous museum proposal, and more

    10/26/2003 8:07:08 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 5 replies · 110+ views
    NRO ^ | 10/24/2003 | Jay Nordlinger
    I'd like to start by comparing George W. Bush to Jimmy Carter. Now, before you lose your lunch, hear me out. Besides, President Carter wasn't all bad. The other day, Bush said, "When you become the president" — he always says "the president," instead of "president" — "you cannot predict all the challenges that will come. But you do know the principles that you bring to the office, and they should not change with time or with polls." Nicely said. And very reminiscent of something that Governor Carter said repeatedly in the '76 campaign: "We must adapt to changing times...
  • Impromptus: Homonym of the Day, a paper of one’s own, Willie the Shoe, and more

    10/14/2003 10:11:03 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 6 replies · 89+ views
    NRO ^ | 10/13/2003 | Jay Nordlinger
    May I start with something hilarious? I didn't think you'd mind. I heard from a reader who'd been in Germany, and he passed a sign that said "Free Mumia!" Only it was in German, of course, and the German word for "free" is "frei" — pronounced "fry." So . . . my reader took immense satisfaction from that! • A brief word about Rush. I'm glad he's in rehab, and, as I said before, I feel certain he'll lick this — this rotten addiction. Of course, many people are taking a great deal of pleasure in Rush's predicament. Evan Thomas...
  • Impromptus

    08/28/2003 6:09:10 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 5 replies · 128+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 28 AUG 2003 | Jay Nordlinger
    Hating Chalabi, being charmed by “Fidel,” embracing a glorious couple — and more One of the vexations and heartaches of the last year or so has been the media's hatred — that's the word for it: hatred — of Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi exile leader — former exile leader, I should say — who is working to give his country a future. This is obviously the man most prepared to provide leadership, yet the media pour disdain on him, in imitation of the State Department and the CIA. You see, Chalabi is known as the Defense Department's man — Rummy's...
  • Impromptus

    05/19/2003 7:06:06 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 11 replies · 155+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 19 May 2003 | Jay Nordlinger
    Against “modernity,” against Molly Ivins, a lesbian in every pot! &c. A couple of comments on the Moroccan bombing. First, as you know, Jewish sites were targeted: a community center, a restaurant. Morocco is just about the only Arab country left with even a tiny Jewish community. These communities have been "cleansed" from all others. (The great Jewish scholar Elie Kedouri, for example, came from Baghdad.) This is one reason I get a little nervous when commentators go off about the "settlers" — those little Jewish enclaves in the disputed territories (excuse me, on sacred, inviolate "Arab land"). Of course,...

    05/16/2003 7:50:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 8 replies · 259+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 16 May 2003 | Jay Nordlinger
    Mimi ’n’ Monica, Moseley Braun and Sharpton, Vijay ’n’ Annika, and more By now, you've probably read about the 19-year-old intern who had an affair with President Kennedy. She was — is, rather — Marion "Mimi" Fahnestock, and she works at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. (That "Marion" is probably Marian, I would think.) Her story was told yesterday in the New York Daily News. Democrats must take some comfort in this: See, all their favorite presidents do it! I had a memory — maybe you did, too. It's September 1998, and Clinton is conducting a cabinet meeting....

    05/01/2003 7:22:40 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 5 replies · 114+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 1May2003 | Jay Nordlinger
    A night at the opera, Clinton speaks (and speaks), Gephardt ridicules (stupidly) — and more riends, we've talked before about Two Americas — and Two America moments. These are the instances that reveal the deep split in our society, a split that seems barely reparable. The split is between: oh, Left, Right; blue states, red states; the Boston Globe, National Review — however you want to characterize it. Have I got a moment for you. I'm sitting at the New York City Opera last week, covering The Rape of Lucretia (Britten) for the New York Sun. Toward the beginning of...
  • Impromptus: Say what? “Fedayeen” Maureen. Worth the fight — and more

    04/28/2003 7:28:27 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 7 replies · 123+ views
    NRO ^ | 4/28/2003 | Jay Nordlinger
    Have you ever had the following experience? You see something about yourself in print. You find that it's all wrong. And you wonder how you can believe anything else you read. In other words, your name is Bob Black, and you live in Topeka, Kan. A publication says that your name is Mike White and that you live in Mobile, Ala. How can you trust anything else you may read — as you normally would? The New York Observer — a weekly newspaper here in town — had a ridiculous article on "neocons" in New York. National Review was scorned,...
  • Flashback: CNN Doing Castro favors, just like Saddam

    04/15/2003 4:57:25 PM PDT · by narby · 15 replies · 222+ views
    National Review ^ | May 16, 2001 | Jay Nordlinger, NR managing editor
    (Original Title: "A Protest in the Dark: Arrested Cuban dissidents feel betrayed by CNN ") What happens when CNN films an opposition protest, staged at great risk to the protesters, and then declines to air it? Bad things, apparently. On November 23 of last year, about 150 Cuban oppositionists gathered at the Havana home of Jose Orlando Gonzalez Bridon, leader of an illegal trade union. This was an unusually large gathering of the Cuban opposition, which is severely repressed by the regime. The oppositionists staged a bold protest against that regime, greatly encouraged by the apparent willingness of CNN to...
  • Davos Part III

    02/05/2003 7:20:50 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 96+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 5 Feb 2003 | Jay Nordlinger
    February 5, 2003, 9:00 a.m. To Be in Davos, Part III All right, folks, we’re at the halfway point. This is the third part of what is sort of a Davos Journal. Parts I and II were “published” on Monday and Tuesday. (To read them, please go here and here.) Davos, for those who need a reminder, is the Swiss village in which the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum is held. And, as Jackie Gleason was wont to say, away we go. I moderate a panel — actually a “working dinner” — titled “Toward a Global Ethic.” I’ve...