Tag Archives: Ross Douthat

The Obama High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Forty years ago it was worse. On August 9, 1974, President Nixon, who had just turned himself into merely Richard Nixon, gave his odd little salute and flew off in that green helicopter, the first president in American history to … Continue reading

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Moral Backfilling

The political world stops a few days before Christmas. The House called it a year, having blocked as much legislation as possible and having passed next to nothing at all, and went home. The Senate, which had actually passed both … Continue reading

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Squirming Conservatives

It’s been a long dry spell for Republicans. The first George Bush, in spite of his masterful handling of our first war with Saddam Hussein, couldn’t get himself reelected. We got eight years of Bill Clinton, and it spite of … Continue reading

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Thinking About Fred and Ginger

The glamour was all faked. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers didn’t really fly down to Rio, and it wasn’t a lovely day to get caught in the rain in London. All that happened on the soundstages at the old RKO … Continue reading

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Correlating in the Dark

It’s pretty simple stuff – correlation does not imply causation. A correlation between two variables does not necessarily imply that one causes the other. That your team wins every time you wear that funky old flannel shirt doesn’t mean that funky shirt causes your … Continue reading

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When It’s Over

Southern California is where you go when it’s over – the place is full of those midlife crises guys, who after the divorce and all the rationalizations about what went wrong – finally deciding it really couldn’t have been anything … Continue reading

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Getting Used to Dismal

Far too many have noted that Americans are a narrow and insular people, with few holding passports and even fewer having used those passports to go anywhere in particular. That’s vaguely insulting, or is meant to be, but probably right … Continue reading

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