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. 41, No. 5, June

A Pilgrim's Progress
IN THE YEAR SINCE TONY BLAIR LEFT 10 Downing Street, by far the least understood and worst reported aspect of his life has been his spiritual journey. Its outward manifestations have included his conversion to Catholicism, his acceptance of a theological...
A Preference for Michelle and Barack?
IF THERE'S ONE THING I'm not looking forward to, it's Michelle in the East Wing. That's where the First Lady has her office.But maybe we're going to have to change that and talk about the First Spouse.So, how about Bill in the East Wing?I could live...
Better Than a White House Pass
Want 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 information.I'm going to tell you where true insiders turn...
Big Deal
Big Deal Onward, Christian Soldiers: The Growing Political Power of Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States By Deal W. Hudson (THRESHOLD EDITIONS, 384 PAGES, $26)IN DECEMBER 1998, Deal Hudson received a phone call from Karl Rove. Hudson was the...
Boris Good Enough in London
WHAT is THE MOST SATISFYING PART about Londonof all places-ousting its Labour Party mayor and electing a politically incorrect Conservative? Well, Mayor Ken Livingstone, known as "Red Ken" for his avowedly socialist beliefs, had announced plans to honor...
Controlled Chaos
A belated rally by Hillary defies conventional wisdom.BY LATE MARCH, all the smartest people in Washington agreed that the fight for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination was over. A parade of pundits-including Dick Morris, Jonathan Chait of...
Correspondence
Wind StorageFar be it from me to tell T. Boone Pickens anything about the energy business ("Energy's Prevailing Winds," TAS, May 2008) but I must disagree that wind power is a reliable source of energy-because it is not. The shipping industry got out...
Current Wisdom
Washington PostIn the venerable Post, a reviewer of Jimmy Carter's book about his ma, A Remarkable Mother, presents the Wonderboy's eyewitness accounts of the orgies he suffered in Plains, Georgia, despite the best efforts of Prohibition and the heal...
David Mamet: Mametfest Destiny
Famed playwright, writer, and movie director David Mamet sent shock waves through the lefty literary world in March when he declared himself an admirer of America and the Constitution. How could this be?IT TOOK A SURPRISING NUMBER of questions about...
God Save the Anglosphere
God Save the Anglosphere God and Gold: Britain, America and the Making of the Modern World By Walter Russell Mead (ALFRED A. KNOPF, 464 PAGES, $27.95)MANY YEARS AGO I heard a radio disc jockey describe Howard Hanson's great Symphony No. 2 as "intensely...
Grand Larceny
RELEASED AT THE END OF APRIL, Grand Theft Auto IV (retail price, $60), received a full-blown "video game review" in the New York Times, which called it "a violent, intelligent, profane, endearing, obnoxious, sly, richly textured and thoroughly compelling...
Gray in Black and White
Gray in Black and White In Nixon's Web: A Year in the Crosshairs of Watergate by L Patrick Gray III with Ed Gray (TIMES BOOKS, 352 PAGES, $26)FUNERAL PROCEEDINGS FOR J. Edgar Hoover, the legendary director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had...
Individual Liberty and the Constitution
Issues of liberty were once the provenance of the states. Today they are defined by the modern elites who have turned the Constitution and the Bill of Rights into documents their creators would not recognize.TO CONSIDER LIBERTY IN RELATION TO the Constitution...
Individual Liberty on Display
NOBODY HAS HAD MORE INFLUENCE on the understanding of the Constitution, and on the conservative legal movement, than Robert Bork. We welcome him back to our pages this month. As part of our year-long series on individual liberty, he offers a clear and...
Liberty and Equality
American liberalism sacrifices the former to impose the latter, not to mention what it's done to morality.WHEN THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONISTS crafted their famous slogan-Liberté, égalité, fraternité-they were in a state of moral exaltation that prevented...
O'Grady Lowers the Boom
MY WIFE AND I HEARD THE BURROWING in the Walls of our newly purchased, 19th-century home for a few weeks before we called the service, which I'll call O'Grady's. "It can't be rats," she said. "We live in the country. It must be squirrels."When I let...
On the Prowl
Strange Bogus RespectThe Christian Coalition proudly quotes Ronald Reagan on the front page of its website: "The most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" So why is the organization's second highest...
Ruinous in Retirement
WASHINGTONIN THE 1980 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION the American people did the best they could with President Jimmy Carter, given the limitations imposed on them by our Constitution. They retired him from office (44 states participated in the ceremony). Lookingback,...
The Continuing Crisis
As the last minutes of April ticked away, something quite wonderful hastened toward reality in London. The Conservative Party's Mr. Boris Johnson appeared as a shoo-in to be elected mayor of London over the rebarbative Mr. "Red Ken" Livingstone, the...
The Slaughterhouse
The Slaughterhouse TrainWreck: The End of the Conservative Revolution (and Not a Moment Too Soon) By Bill Press (JOHN WlLEY & SON, 256 PAGES, $24.95)Don't Press Your LuckDOWN IN FRONT!" yelled one guy a few rows back. "This is a baseball game, not...
The Tragedy of Campaign '08
WASHINGTONTHE HEAVY SEAS THAT THE Obama campaign is now encountering should trouble us all. It is utterly appropriate for a one-term United States senator to be questioned about the extent of his experience or about his grasp of policy. It is, however,...
True to Life
WASHINGTON, D.C....SATURDAYHERE I AM AT MY LITTLE APARTMENT at the Watergate. It is a warm, humid evening. I can see clouds building up over Virginia. The radio is predicting torrential rain, with lightning, thunder, and high winds. Fun. But I wish I...
Vacation Fixation
IT WAS A VERY GOOD MONTH OF MAY in France. Sun and rainfall were in approximate balance, temperatures were moderate, with the usual exceptions for local conditions. Indeed, 2008 produced a vintage May to be remembered and savored in years to come.No,...
Vast Company
EARLY LAST YEAR, when Hillary Clinton was the inevitable Democratic presidential nominee, she reprised her decade-old theme of the "vast rightwing conspiracy." In this space (see Presswatch, TAS, May 2007), I quoted an Associated Press report of March...
What's the Matter with Ohio?
How Republicans lost the Buckeye State.AS OHIO GOES, SO GOES THE NATION. Except maybe with a little bit more feeling. During the 1990s, Republicans achieved a level of dominance here that far exceeded Newt Gingrich's in Washington. In 2006, the Democrats...