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. 31, No. 1, January

About This Month
When she finally emerged on December 2 to announce there would be no independent counsel, Janet Reno said many memorable things, a number of them self-congratulatory. One such remark-"I have leamed that you cannot judge an investigation by what you read...
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's Eye on America
The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Regnery / 460 pages / $24.95 British journalist Ambrose EvansPritchard is a Fleet Street wordsmith who can make the unseen stories of Washington read like Ian Fleming. But...
A Model of Intelligence and Sophistication
Polemical Papers Jenny Teichman Ashgate Publishing / 167 pages / $59.95 I have to begin this review by acknowledging an interest. Some of the essays that appear in Jenny Teichman's Polemical Papers were first published in the New Criterion, which I help...
A Pilgrim's Progress
Remembering Ireland when it was still Ireland. Reading Christopher Caldwell's admirable piece on contemporary Ireland ("Mary Robinson's New Ireland," TAS, November 1997) brought back memories of my own visit in August 1978. If it has changed as much...
A Thinking Man's President
John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life Paul C. Nagel Knopf/432 pages /$30 Our sixth President has long been a favorite of quiz shows and Trivial Pursuit junkies: the only son to follow his father to the White House, the last President to be...
Back in the USSR; Seven Is Not Enough; Judge Not
November gave way to December the fifth consecutive such peaceful transition of the Clinton Era. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. President. On November 7, what's left of the former Soviet Union celebrated the 8oth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution with...
Barring Impeachment
The splendid Michael Barone in his Almanac of American Politics 1998 makes the point that during the election cycles the Republican Party is always reported as being in a hell of a mess. Then comes election day. The Republicans do miraculously well....
Correspondence
Getting the Picture As usual this month I was very happy to receive my new issue of The American Spectutor. The difference this month (October) was the unexpected surprise of finally getting to actually see a copy of the photo that was taken of Bill...
Crimes on Paper
Filling out the wrong government form could cost you. As Hosep Bajakajian was preparing to fly back to his native Syria in 1994, U.S. customs officials at Los Angeles Airport detained him. They discovered that he and his wife were transporting $357,144...
Happy Days Are Here Again
Why 1998 is going to be a Republican year. The events of November '97 have set the stage for Republicans to win enough House, Senate, and gubernatorial races in November '98 to secure majority status for a generation. Not only did the GOP win all the...
Lee Went Piscataway
Bill Lann Lee takes the rap for Deval Patrick. It's hard to blame Sharon Taxman for taking the money, all $433,500 of it. Taxman is the white Piscataway, New Jersey high school teacher who sued her school board in 1989 when, in a down-sizing choice between...
Lovey Dovey
There's redeeming virtue in Bill Bennett's Kiss or Kill. My more devoted readers may remember the praise I heaped upon Trevor Nunn's film version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in this space just over a year ago. When the film came out on video, I watched...
Memories Are Made of This
Friday Come on over, baby, / Whole lot of shakin' goin' on, / Come on over, baby, / We ain't fakin', / Whole lot of shakin' goin' on. I'm here at the Boys' Gym of Montgomery Blair High School on a rainy night. We're out on Wayne Avenue in a quiet Silver...
Murphy Brownout
TV's top single mom fails the ultimate ratings test. Nineteen ninety-seven will always be remembered as the year Ellen came out of the closet, and so did Avery Brown. You remember Avery. Even in vitro, he was the most famous child in America-the feminist...
Same Old Sy Hersh
Why did the libs turn on their onetime favorite? Poor Seymour Hersh; hardly any respectable journalist will now praise him. It seems he shoots from the hip, makes wild surmises, and recycles old rumors. As Time said, "Sy Hersh's tellall is short on evidence,"...
Spinning Webb
There are certain aptitudes duly associated with certain peoples. The French are bon vivants. The Italians are lovers. The Irish are politicians. Here in the United States you could not associate any particular aptitude with the citizenry of any particular...
The Senator from MBNA
For years Joe Biden has preached the campaign finance reform gospel: Big money corrupts politics. So why is he getting so cozy with his home-state bank MBNA? In the 1996 campaign, a Republican businessman named Raymond J. Clatworthy challenged Joseph...
To Our Friends All over the World
HAPPY CHANUKAH, MERRY CHRISTMAS, Happy New Year, Joyous Kwaanza, and (to those of you in states, counties, and municipalities with off-year elections) Happy Inauguration Day! We hope that your 1997 has been as fabulously successful as ours. This short...
Torricelli's Terrorist List Friends
Robert Torricelli has never had a reputation for impeccable probity. During his stint on the House Intelligence Committee he was several times accused of publishing classified intelligence information to suit his own political agenda. In i996, he ran...
UNSCOM's Scum of the Earth
This is one fiasco that can't be blamed on the United Nations. Because Commander In Chief Clinton failed to protect us from the start, Saddam Hussein now has his number and the world is again a very dangerous place. Saddam Hussein's showdown with United...
We'll Be Lucky Never to See His Likes Again
Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964 Edited by Michael R Beschloss Simon & Schuster/592 pages /$30 Some years ago I was sharing a cab in a major South American capital with one of the region's rising young conservative politicians....
Whose Country Is It?
The tide is turning in Israel's very real culture war. spent a week in Jerusalem, and what an extraordinary city it is. My visit was arranged by the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, a think tank that has mostly concentrated on...
You Gotta Have Heart
In New Britain the stiff upper lip is ancient history. "I hate Americans," the man slurred at me in the pub, holding on to my lapels as much for balance as for menacing effect. "You've got no history, you've got no culture. . . and you've got no class!"...