Category Archives: Rick Santorum

The American Game

It may be that the lost America that everyone on the right longs for still exists down there in Texas, where they still take high school football seriously – even if no one else does. For everyone else it’s more … Continue reading

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Suddenly Gone

A lot of politics is inside baseball – in a few years no one will know what you’re talking about. Wendell Willkie? Harold Stassen? Thomas Eagleton? Who? And political junkies are like deadly serious baseball fans – they know the … Continue reading

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The Limits of Encouraging Resentment

The year the Democrats met in Boston and nominated John Kerry, and that unknown senator from nowhere, Barack Obama, gave that stirring keynote speech about how we’re all in this together, and we are our brother’s keeper, and we can … Continue reading

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Another Halftime

April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain – as you might recall – but at least the Republican debates are over. They capped those at … Continue reading

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The South Speaks

Faulkner and Walker Percy had it right – there’s something about the South that generates vague despair. It’s just that Faulkner covered the last of the Old South, as it decayed into proud meaninglessness, and Walker Percy covered the cheerily … Continue reading

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Nothing Super Here

It was Super Tuesday – the day the Republican madness was supposed to end. A whole bunch of state primaries would settle matters – the inevitable Mitt Romney would win big, or large, or at least somewhat decisively, somewhere, and … Continue reading

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When Bullies Apologize

“Apology is only egotism wrong side out.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes It was a strange weekend, but handled appropriately. When you want to bury a story that is a bit embarrassing you release it late Friday, just after the broadcast … Continue reading

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