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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 10, October

And We Thought Clinton Had No Self-Control
When The Washington Monthly reached me at my office recently, a voice on the other side of the line meekly asked if I would ever consider writing an article supporting the radical proposition that Republicans should get their brains beaten in this...
Borderline Catastrophe: How the Fight over Immigration Blew Up Rove's Big Tent
Karl Rove's storied partnership with George W. Bush, now in its second decade, has long been concerned with more momentous matters than simply winning elections. Famously, Rove has sought to engineer a seismic realignment in American politics. To that...
Bring on Pelosi
As a conservative who's interested in the long-term health of both my country and the Republican Party, I have a suggestion for the GOP in 2006: lose. Handing over at least one house of Congress to the other side of the aisle for the next two years...
Give Divided Government a Chance
For those of you with a partisan bent, I have some bad news. Our federal government may work better (well, less badly) when at least one house of Congress is controlled by the opposing party. Divided government is, curiously, less divisive. It's also...
Ideologie Has Taken Over
With 9/11, George W. Bush was reborn (again). Until then, his presidency had been undistinguished and his poll numbers low. He had also made one particularly ominous decision. In August 2001, using an executive order, Bush blocked federal support for...
Intelligent Designs: Uncle Sam Reaches out to Kids on the Web
In late March, the Federal Reserve took an educational gamble: it created a website for kids. But perhaps more significant than the site itself--which offers a brief tour of economic policy guided by a cartoon bald eagle--was the fact that a major...
Let's Quit While We're Behind
"The trouble with our times," Paul Valery said, "is that the future is not what it used to be." This glum apercu has been much with me as we move into the home stretch of the 2006 mid-term elections and shimmy into the starting gates of the 2008...
Meet the New Boss: Quietly, Senate Republicans Have Already Chosen Mitch McConnell as Their Next Leader-Because Congress Just Isn't Partisan Enough
One of the Senate's quirkier traditions was inaugurated in the late 1990s by then-Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.). On certain summer Thursdays, Lott decreed, members should leave their customary dark blue and gray suits at home and, as a tribute...
Restrain This White House
Suppose Democrats capture control of one or both chambers of Congress in November. A conservative would instinctively cringe. On the domestic front, Democrats still don't get Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, which teaches the superiority of free markets...
The Monthly's Kook Awards
Ask the federal government about science these days and you can rely on getting an eccentric, White House approved answer. But, lest we forget, isn't it time we singled out a few agencies that have worked especially hard to compromise themselves? The...
The Show Must Not Go On
With their record over the past few years, the Big Government Republicans in Washington do not merit the support of conservatives. They have busted the federal budget for generations to come with the prescription-drug benefit and the creation and expansion...
The Tyrant Who Came in from the Cold: Gadhafi Gave Up His WMDs Not Because We Scared Him, but Because We Talked to Him
In the middle of October 2001, Ben Bonk, a CIA lifer, quietly entered a baronial home on Regent's Park in London for a meeting he hoped would be the start of something. The house belonged to Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a nephew of Saudi Arabia's de facto...
Tilting at Windmills
Lessons from TR Karl Rove recently wrote an essay for Time magazine on the lessons to be learned from the life of Teddy Roosevelt. One lesson was not mentioned by Rove. Roosevelt not only served in the Spanish-American War, leading the famous charge...