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Sam Tanenhaus's Problem Continues

danr27 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 8:34 AM
The policies of the Left are becoming law and winning elections, most notably re-electing the most left-wing president in our history, so clearly, yes, they are winning, though I do not want to leave the impression that I think this is anything good. And yes, it will hasten "the day of reckoning this country is racing towards," though I'm not sure how quickly that will actually come. Dreams of apocalypse tend to be impotent gestures of futility. We've got to get serious, and recognizing the reality of where we're at today is Step One.

WASHINGTON -- It has happened again. Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of the New York Times Book Review referred to by Paul Krugman the other day as "a long-time conservative," has essayed in the New Republic the modern conservative movement, and traced us all back to John C. Calhoun. I suppose our point of origin could have been more sinister. Sam could have traced us back to Nathan Bedford Forrest, the former Confederate General who went on to be an early member of the Ku Klux Klan, but John C. Calhoun is bad enough.

Of course, Calhoun is no kind of modern...