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. 10, December/January

A Fundamentally Decent Man
A Fundamentally Decent Man Richard M. Nixon: A life in Full By Conrad Black (PUBLICAFFAIRS, 1,148 PAGES, $40)Reviewed by Daniel JohnsonNO ORDINARY PERSON, deprived of a global newspaper empire that had taken a lifetime to create, would embark on an entirely...
Among the Mad Simpletons
THE NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARY of Robert Goulet reminded us that "in 1961, The New York Daily News Magazine called him 'just the man to help stamp out rock 'n' roll."' Alas, as the obituarist for the Times added-could it be just a touch wistfully?-"it was...
Around the World in 40 Years
Surveying the turbulent life and times of The American Spectator.SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED TO THE WORLD in the last 40 years, nearly all of it, good and bad, having its roots in the feverish 1960s, that different people will pick on different key points according...
At Otto's
BOB TYRRELL WAS WAJTING FOR US at the bar at Otto's, a saloon just outside the city limits of Oak Park, which is dry. He was a very fit, very alert young man in a navy blue suit with faint pinstripes over light blue shirt with French cuffs that he decorated...
Better Than We Deserve
THURSDAYHERE I AM IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, and a surprise is waiting for me at the door of my hotel room. Why, lookee here. It's an article on the front page of the New York Times attacking me. Why? Well, thaf s just it. I can't figure out why. The...
Books for Christmas
Our annual list of holiday gift suggestions from distinguished readers and writers.TINA BROWNTROUBLESOME YOUNG MEN: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England by Lynne Olson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). An unexpected page-turner...
Correspondence
Everlasting LoveThe American Spectator has been and continues to be one of my main avenues of political education, as it has for almost 30 years. The humor of R Emmett continues unabated, the political writing unequaled, the special interest articles...
Funny Games
AS I'VE MENTIONED BEFORE in these very pages, my first job out of college was here at The American Spectator. I was a young punk at 22, with a crew cut, and I owned only one suit. The tie I brought had a pasta sauce stain, and I had just bought my shoes...
Hero Worship
Hero Worship Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America's Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don't) By Michael J. Gerson (HARPERONE, 320 PAGES, $26.95)Reviewed by W. James Antle IIIIT HAS BECOME ONE of the commentariat's favorite...
Ideas Still Have Consequences
One of them has been the conservative movement's political, intellectual, and economic progress against the stale dogmas of liberalism over the past 40 years.AS CONSERVATIVES AND PUNDITS survey the prospects facing the right in the 2008 presidential...
Immigration Reversals
City Journal writers long sympathetic to immigration's economic and social benefits have turned against illegal immigration with a vengeance. Why?I'M EMBARRASSED IT TOOK ME SO LONG to grasp the phoniness of the charge that it's "anti-immigration" to...
MEMORIES AND TRIBUTES: A 40th Anniversary Symposium
FRED BARNESTHE FIRST TIME I SAW The American Spectator in the late 1970s I didn't know what to make of it. It was a funny size-too big-and came from an unlikely place, Bloomington, Indiana, where I'd never been (still haven't). I'd never heard of the...
Missing Scandals
WASHINGTONTHE OTHER DAY WHILE LAYING DOWN my thoughts on the 40 years of conservative journalism that I have undergone so painlessly since perpetrating my first published wisecrack in the autumn of 1967,1 rang up El Rushbo for his collaboration. That...
On the Prowl
SweatshoppedAmerican Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees labor boss Gerald McEntee, who played kingmaker in the 1992 presidential election race by elevating a then-obscure Arkansas governor to the Democrat nomination for president, stayed...
Present at the Creation
FORTY YEARS ON WHEN AFAR AND ASUNDER/Parted are those who are singing today are the chorus lines of the school song of Harrow, Winston Churchill's alma mater. It evoked such emotion in the wartime Prime Minister that tears poured down his cheeks in old...
Relentless and Entertaining
Relentless and Entertaining The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President's Life After the White House By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. (THOMAS NELSON, 320 PAGES, $26.99)Reviewed by Conrad BlackTHIS IS A LIVELY UPDATE of this author's extensive previous comments...
Shall We Dance?
OUR ANNUAL ROBERT L. BARTLEY Memorial Dinner this year celebrated The American Spectator's 40th anniversary. It was like prom night: a dizzying, delightful black tie evening amid friends old and new; engaging, brilliant speakers led by T. Boone Pickens,...
Terrorist, Sadist, and Left-Wing Saint
FORTY YEARS AGO, The American Spectator helped drag conservatism out of its stodgy past and enlivened it with a dash of brio. Writers such as P.J. O'Rourke, Ben Stein, and Greg Gutfeld helped redefine conservative chic in the pages of the Spectator.By...
The Continuing Crisis
October is gone but Bruno is back! Bruno, the bulky, tough-talking, longtime wife of Boy Clinton, emerged from beneath her halo late in the month after rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination addressed her bluntly in a nationally televised...
The End of the Affair
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE U.S.-Turkish alliance? These days, that question has become something of a recurring theme within the Washington Beltway. Relations between Washington and Ankara have been on the rocks ever since the spring of 2003, when the Turkish...
The First Lady President
A Hillary Clinton presidency would be much closer to her first tenure in the White House than she would have us believe."I-O-W-A: Hillary Clinton all the way!"A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS DRUMMED on empty plastic buckets and chanted outside a converted barn...
Their Seven Deadly Sins
WASHINGTONIN OCTOBER IT WAS REPORTED in the authoritative Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill, that Don Van Natta Jr. and Jeff Gerth included some unsavory news about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Her Way, their recent book on her. Hillary, during the...
The Second Time as Farce
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF, HEGEL NOTED, prompting Marx to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. As this summer turned to fall, two onetime media notables, Daniel Irvin Rather Jr. and Professor Anita Hill, re-emerged from obscurity to relive...
The Socialist Bacillus and the Investor Class
MY WIFE AND I WENT to one of those free dinners that brokerage houses offer to attract clients. This was a Smith Barney affair, and I was glad to go because it was held at an Italian restaurant (one of a chain) called Maggiano's. I like Maggiano's because...
The Spy Who Loved Men
The Spy Who Loved Men Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari By Pat Shipman (WILLIAM MORROW, 450 PAGES, $25.95)Reviewed by Florence KingYOU DON'T HAVE TO READ VERY FAR into this book to know that you won't be able to stop reading...
The Tyrrell/McAuliffe Letters
EVER ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CURRENT WISDOM, I, this past summer, secreted a copy of Terry McAuliffe's memoir: What A Party!: My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals, into the reading room of...
Treasures from the Attic
Treasures From the Attic The Madness of Mary Lincoln By Jason Emerson (southern illinois university press, 304 pages, $29.95)Reviewed by Thomas J. CraughwellAMERICAN HISTORIANS DREAM of finding 3 cache of Lincoln letters the way the rest of us dream...
Truth and Self-Censorship
WHEN JOHN STUART MILL gave his famous defense of free opinion in On Liberty, he was careful to point out that errors are not only inevitable, they are also beneficial, provided we are able to confess to them. As he put it: "the peculiar evil of silencing...