The American Spectator

American Spectator is a monthly trade magazine published by the American Spectator Foundation. Founded in 1967, the magazine covers politics, culture and current events.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, January

Anything Goes
Why is it that it is our duty as citizens to treat an impeachment of President Bill Clinton with the utmost gravity? In part it is because these momentous proceedings will have serious consequences for the rule of law and the integrity of our Constitution....
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Banking on Andy Cuomo
It couldn't have been more straightforward. The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee had a form. The form was entitled "Statement for Completion by Presidential Nominees." The nominee was President Clinton's choice for housing secretary,...
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Big Apple Reaganite
New York's Mayor Rudy Giuliani has championed conservative values in the capital of liberalism. The result is a safer, cleaner, and more livable city. Can he do the same for the country? New York If the atmosphere wasn't charged, it was at least prickly:...
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Correspondence
Nose Job Regarding the illustration gracing the cover of your November issue under the headline "All Washed Up!": Quite prescient, but I never realized that Newt had such a big nose. -DONALD J. GRECO Summit, New Jersey Shameful Events Heartfelt thanks...
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Drake's Drum Sounds a Muffled Note
Sir Francis Drake: The Queen's Pirate Harry Kelsey Yale University Press /s66 pages /$35 Sir Francis Drake is still commonly seen as one of England's heroes. His impertinence, courage, persistence, and capacity for understatement have inspired generations...
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Dr. Death Kills Mike Wallace
How "60 Minutes" romanticized a serial killer. How do you like your serial killers? What about dedicated, idealistic, and sworn to public service, with a commitment to free expression, and a willingness to die for ideas? For as Jack Kevorkian told Mike...
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Dumbing Down Missile Defense
China, Iran, and North Korea already have us in their sights, yet President Clinton denies that there is any threat. It's no surprise that the same people who once caved in to the Soviets on missile defense now do the some for the Chinese. Misleading...
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Dynamic Scoring
No New Tax Cuts didn't have to become a GOP slogan. When news came in 1994 that the GOP had taken control of the House for the first time in decades, Jude Wanniski of Polyconomics thought, even before taking his head off the pillow: "Now, we can do dynamic...
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Having to Win; an Old Geezer Sneezer; Harry Laden
November was a winning month for Mr. Bill Clinton, America's first truly undisgraceable president. The month witnessed a diminution in the Republicans' majority in the House of Representatives, the retirement of House Speaker Newt Gingrich, faltering...
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Honor amid the Ruins
A Man in Full Tom Wolfe Farrar, Straus tY Giroux 742 pages / $28.95 Nothing has been lost save honor," said the great nineteenth-century swindler Jay Gould about one of his failed enterpris es. And the remark has not lost its power to shock and amuse....
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How Anti-Americanism Won the Cold War
Cold War: An Illustrated History, 1945-1991 Jeremy Isaacs and Taylor Downing Little, Brown /438 pages / $39.95 REVIEWED BY Joseph Shattan Although Jimmy Carter has praised Ted Turner's "deep and longstanding commitment to easing the tension and disharmony...
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Modernizing the Brits
Even the Lord Chancellor is wigging out. The left in Britain has long been in the grip of a strange legend. It runs as follows: while other countries had revolutions to sweep away the vestiges of feudalism, Britain remained a kind of quaint Ruritanian...
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Moving On
How to survive and learn from Clinton's survival. As late as October, Republican journalists predicted that "the President would be called on to resign" and warned that, if he did not, there would be "an explosion at hand." Then, against all odds, the...
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My Kind of Neutral
The country Papa Hemingway called "more upside down than sideways" is not only among the most beautiful on earth, it is also marvelously run by a central government as unobtrusive as it's possible to be and still be called a government. Very few know...
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P.J. Peaking on the Laugher Curve
Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics P J. O'Rourke Atlantic Monthly Press/ pages / $zq REVIEWED BY Dave Shiflett The ongoing CNN series on the Cold War has drawn its share of right-wing criticism, as one would expect of a series so clearly orchestrated...
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Poland Ten Years Later
Once won, freedom becomes a leading export. Today on Marszalkowska Street, Warsaw's main drag, fast-food stands jostle for sidewalk space, tony boutiques show off imported wares, while more mid-scale establishments offer domestic goods. Yet the surrounding...
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Pollock Jokes
THREE WEEKS AGO, GAVIN STEINMENTZ, A CURATOR AT A prestigious New York art museum, noticed a middle-aged woman giggling uncontrollably as she gazed at a painting by the revered Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock. The tremors of amusement had obviously...
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Resenting Newt
Over the last three decades only two other politicians have equaled Newt Gingrich in exciting the cultural elites' sumptuous indignation. Those other prodigies were Richard Nixon and George Bush. Ronald Reagan might have been numbered in this illustrious...
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Stalemate
Without an agenda there can be no silver linings. When the dust settled after November's elections, Republicans held the Senate by 5545 and the House of Representatives by 223-212. The GOP held 31 governorships to the Democrats' 17. Republicans controlled...
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Take Physic, Pomp
Poor movies we will always have with us. Poor naked wretches," cries King Lear when he finds himself stripped of everything and reduced from the power of kingship to the level of Poor Tom, "the poor, bare, forked animal" he calls "unaccommodated man."...
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They Call It Puppy Love
Sunday Here I am out at our little house in Malibu with my PuppyWuppy, who is also called Lucy. As usual, Tommy refused to come out here because he wanted to play video games with his pals. I should have made him come, but I hate to make him do anything,...
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Wales of a Sex Scandal
The Clinton White House meets Clapham Common. I yield to few in my admiration for this great Republic, but I was born a subject of the Crown and I hope I'll be forgiven for suggesting that there are still one or two things the old country does better....
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