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. 40, No. 2, March

2008: The Battle for a Generation
Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy will be an epic struggle between conservative baby boomers and her fellow Coat and Tie Radicals.HILLARY CLINTON is about the last major Democrat from the left-wing of her generation capable of taking on her generation's...
American Idol
American Idol George Gershwin: His Life and Work by Howard Pollack (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS, 884 PAGES, $39.95)Reviewed by Algis ValiunasTHE MUSIC OF GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937), from the numberless songs to Rhapsody in Blue to the opera Porgy...
A Parting of Ways
I WILL NEVER FORGET WANDERING through the American Cemetery near Omaha Beach in Normandy several years ago. Nearly 10,000 American boys are buried there, in row upon row of graves, each with a small stone marker, perfectly aligned and all perfectly cared...
Correspondence
Ben's WordsWe won't pretend to read or understand every word in each issue of The American Spectator, but Ben Stein's Diary in the December-January issue entitled "Trouble in Americaland" is the best article yet in your monthly review by any author on...
Current Wisdom
Washington MonthlyOn the marmoreal pages of WM the Tawanii Brawley of 1991 remains, infallible, cherished, and with the hint of a halo:Nothing much changed until 1991, when Clarence Thomas was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Anita Hill, a Yale-educated...
Doing Civilization's Work
Doing Civilization's Work A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 by Andrew Roberts (HARPER COLLINS, 736 PAGES, $35)Reviewed by Conrad BlackTHIS IS A VERY STIMULATING and original hook that combines this well-established author's gift for...
Double Trouble
James Bond on Jacks Turf: Taunts Baiter Again, Calls Him "Rubbish" -New York Times headlineFebruary 30, 2007AFTER MONTHS OF TRANSATLANTIC BICKERING and tabloid name-calling, the public feud between Jack Bauer and James Bond has taken on an ugly new coloring....
Granite State Fissures
ON A CHILLY JANUARY DAY in Manchester, New Hampshire, as snow flurries silently float to the ground, Paul Mirski sits at a table in the Merrimack Restaurant on Elm Street, melts butter over his plate of french fries, and discusses immigration, judicial...
In Sickness and in Health
In Sickness and In Health Point To Point Navigation: A Memoir By Gore Vidal (DOUBLEDAY, 277 PAGES. $26)Reviewed by Florence KingSHOOT IF YOU MUST THIS OLD GRAY HEAD, but spare your country's enfant terrible. Gore Vidal-expat liberal elitist, name-dropper...
It's Going to Cost You
So you want to be a millionaire? Three days with America's personal finance gurus and legions of their devotees. | By Shawn MacomberTO THE PASSERBY CAUGHT UNAWARES, the scene inside a small room within the gargantuan Boston Convention Center must have...
Looking Stupid
I AM GOING TO SEE A FRIEND OF MINE, an underground American comic named Neil Hamburger, open for Tenacious D tonight. He's played at sold out venues across England, from Birmingham to Manchester, and has been booed by tens of thousands of people along...
Making Memories
WEDNESDAYHERE I AM IN LAS VEGAS. I am in a spectacular room at the Wynn hotel. I'm gearing up to give a speech to the Equipment Distributors. The room is lovely. Great view, high ceilings, gorgeous furniture, hut loud young kids next door are driving...
Name That Tax
WITH THE DEMOCRATIC takeover of Congress, official Washington is lusting for tax increases-and coming up with new euphemisms to hide the ugly fact. It's time for a recap of the current state of play on tax hikes, as well as a tour of the euphemisms-terms...
On the Prowl
Dog and Donkey ShowThe Democrat National Committee held its winter meeting in Washington in early February, and most of the party's presidential nomination hopefuls showed up to play dog to party chief-donkey Howie Dean.Former Sen. John Edwards, New...
Our Permanent Revolution
THE PHRASE PERMANENT REVOLUTION was first used by Marx and later by Trotsky. Revolutionaries at the time believed that economics explained everything. If only they could knock over the economy, they strangely believed, the proletariat would inherit the...
Royal Mistress
NO NEED TO PLAY cherchez la femme in France's perfervid election season, with its 40-odd-many very odd indeed-candidates vying for president of all Gaul. She has dominated political discourse here for months on the sole strength of her gender.At first...
Slaves to Moral Self-Congratulation
AS SOON AS I SAW THE HEADLINE in the Sunday Washington Post, "No I-told-you-sos" (subhead: Opponents of the Iraq War Voice Pain. Not Vindication, At Predictions They Could Only Hope Would Be Wrong"-the poor dears!), I knew the article would he un I-told-you-so-as...
The Continuing Crisis
January witnessed still more evidence that the sad emotional decline of Mr. Tucker Carlson continues. Precisely when it began is unclear, though he has reportedly been increasingly edgy since the portly minicon was ordered by MSNBC to wear his trademark...
The Culture of Repudiation
THE ENCLAND INTO WHICH I WAS BORN was a country that acknowledged its past, its institutions, and its culture. It remembered its national heroes, and rejoiced in its victories in two world wars. Our history books told us of countless episodes-from Agincourt...
The Custom of the Country
America was unabashedly Christian at its founding, to the point of requiring belief in God as a condition of office-holding and, on occasion, residence. Part II of a special three-part series, "The Christian History of the Constitution," which examines...
The Force Behind Wilberforce
MARCH WILL BE A MONTH of Wilberforcemania as the world commemorates the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade by the British Parliament on March 25, 1807. In the United States the event will he marked by congressional ceremonies; numerous...
The Storks Are Landing
Europeans ignore their increasing Islamicization and turn against America at their peril.THE QUESTION THAT ANIMATES THIS ESSAY IS one that troubles not only Americans, hut the friends of freedom and democracy everywhere. Why, when the rewards of liberty...
Three Who Made a Revolution
Three Who Made a Revolution The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World By John O'Sullivan (REGNERY, 448 PAGES, $27.95)Reviewed by Lee EdwardsOTHER WRITERS HAVE, NOTED the timely emergence of an American president, a...
Who's Counting?
ALTHOUGH YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED it amid the holidays and the news of Gerald Ford's death, the last week of 2006 brought not one but two "grim milestones" in the Iraq war. The first was reported by Christopher Torchia of the Associated Press on December...