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. 37, No. 10, December/January

A Christmas Surprise
A Christmas Surprise Washington's Crossing David Hackett Fischer (Oxford, 564 pages, $35)WASHINGTON'S CROSSING of the Delaware River, at Christmas 1776, can be presented as the turning point of the War of Independence. That is the message of Professor...
Big Tom on Campus
Big Tom on Campus I Am Charlotte Stmmons Tom Wolfe (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 676 pages, $28.95)HANGING ON THE WALL of my billiard room-amidst a mass of nominal trophies and assorted effluvia collected during a wasted lifetime scribbling about automobiles...
Bonjour Tristesse
SENSITIVE, ARTISTIC, INTELLIGENT, nay, intellectual, souls that they are, the French have never been known for steady nerves and grace under pressure. Thus the collective dépression nerveuse (freely translated as a hissy fit) they have been going through...
Books for Christmas
Our annual list of holiday gift suggestions from distinguished readers and writers.David BoazJOHAN NORBERG IS A YOUNG Swedish writer who calls himself a former anarchist and has written In Defense of Global Capitalism, a devastating rebuttal to the incoherent...
CantMoveOn.org
DEMOCRATS TOOK THEIR LOSS in the November elections hard. "I've been in this town now for 35 years," said Al Hunt on CNN's Capital Gang the Saturday after the election. "I've never seen Democrats as down as I've seen them the last three or four days....
Conservative Victories, Conservative Budgets
CALIFORNIA AGAIN LEADS THE WAY.SOME YEARS AGO, commentator Pat Buchanan wrote an insightful book called Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories. Its thesis was simple-that despite repeated victories at the polls for conservative ideas, more often than...
Correspondence
Money BackThere may be a more deliciously written, note-perfect assessment of the egregious stupidity of the literary left than Ted Olson's piece on Larry McMurtry ("Hats Off to Larry," TAS, November 2004), but I doubt it. That, and Ben Stein's beautifully...
Current Wisdom
New York TimesMaureen Dowd sends America a communiqué from one of the "cool" girls of the '60s-who apparently still resides in that remote decade:Just how much did Karl Rove hate not being one of the cool guys in high school in the 60s? Enough to hatch...
Decline and Fall
Decline and Fall The Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity and What to Do About It by Phillip Longman (Basic Books, 288 pages, $26)A QUICK SEARCH FOR THE TERM "population decline" in an articles database turns up 257 English-language...
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
WASHINGTONONE OF THE REASONS I CAN SAY With the Utmost confidence that the liberal Democrats are going to be out in the cold for a very long time has to do with a sociological observation. Almost no liberal Democrat knows a conservative Republican of...
IN MEMORIAM: Paul H. Nitze 1907-2004
ON THE OP-IiD PAGE of the October 28,1999 edition of the New York Times, Paul H. Nitze, then 92, stirred up the foreign policy beehive by proposing that the United States destroy its stockpile of nuclear warheads and serve notice on rogue nations pursuing...
Mummy Wrap
The Spectator Interview: Tom WolfeThe novelist and "new" journalist discusses new media and old and the further decline of the American novel.TOM WOLFE IS AMERICA'S preeminent observer of decaying elites, chronicling and often forecasting their decline...
Nobel Farce
LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK at this year's Nobel Peace Prize. It was awarded to Wangari Maathai, a 64-year-old woman from Kenya, and I admit to being suspicious of the claims made on her behalf. Perhaps an independent-minded reporter can investigate them....
On Red Alert
BY THE TIME THIS ISSUE ARRIVES in your mailbox you will probably have digested the election results, and may even be sick of hearing about all the good that transpired on November 2. But maybe you are gloating as much as we are, and enjoying the pain...
Pineapple Pursuits
pine.apple a. A tropical American plant, Ananas comosus, with large swordlike leaves and a large, fleshy, edible fruit consisting of the flowers infused into a compound whole with a terminal tuft of leaves.ONE OF NATURE'S PARADOXES, the pineapple is...
Republican Rout
Democrats take it on the chin-as do their barkers in the Old Media.YUP, THIS WAS AN HISTORIC ELECTION. For the first time since 1924, a Republican president was returned to office with increased Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. George...
Special Deliverance
TUESDAYHERE I AM IN EASTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS, standing in a drizzle, next to a football field where my son's team, Williston-Northampton, is playing their arch-rival, Suffield. This is a big game. Suffield is rated number one in the league. And our...
Stern in Space
A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE HOWARD STERN. In fact, a lot of American radio listeners more or less organize their lives around Howard Stern. And there are probably at least as many who wouldn't cross the street to spit at Howard Stern. But here's the thing:...
The Continuing Crisis
October deliquesces into November and one of the great comic interludes of American politics hath vamoosed. Senator Jean-François Kerry has been overwhelmed by our debonair President George W. Bush and his treacherous counselor, Mr. Karl Rove, a Mormon....
The Gift of Redemption
IF ONE WERE TRYING TO THINK OF A GROUP of people who would be difficult to interest in listening to an address about matters of faith and spirituality, an assembly of elegant and sophisticated New Yorkers would be high on the list. So it was with some...
The Ultimate (Secret) Source
A SPECIAL INVITATION FOR AMERICAN SPECTATOR SUBSCRIBERS FROM THE DESK OFWant to know a secret? Well, my friend, then today is your lucky day. Because today I'm going to share with you a little-known, but vital source of the world's most valuable commodity-useful...
The Wages of Hatred
WASHINGTONFOR THE MOST PERCEPTIVE INSIGHT into George Bush and the Republicans' robust victory over Senator Jean-François Kerry and the Democrats, look to Tom Wolfe. As usual America's finest living writer sees America with limpid clarity. In a pre-election...
We're All Criminals Now
The government is in the habit of treating the private sector as an illegal enterprise."Warner-Lambert to Pay $430 Million"-"Hospital Company Settles with Government for $1.7Billion" - "Schering-Plough to Pay $345Million to Resolve Criminal and Civil...
When It Raines
When It Raines Hard News: The Scandais at the New York Times and Their Meaning for American Media by Seth Mnookin (Random House, 352 pages, $25.95)JASON BLAIR GREW UP in Fairfax County, Virginia, in a much more upscale neighborhood than this Fairfax-based...