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This weekend I was plowing through a series of speeches and presentations from Robert Taft and Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1950-54 and marveling over how intelligent, even eloquent, they were—especially compared to what passes for thinking in today’s G.O.P. And of course there was also William F. Buckley, Jr., a man who had a limitless capacity to enrage liberals–many of whom would nevertheless concede his wit and erudition. A remembrance of W.F.B. appears today at the Daily Beast by his son, Chris. Reading it, one is reminded–there was a time when the G.O.P., and even National Review, had brains. What happened?
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Number of mine-detecting monkeys erroneously reported to have been given to the United States by Morocco in March:
The Pacific trade winds are weakening as a result of global warming.
In the United States, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was advanced by the House Ways and Means Committee after 18 hours of deliberation, during which time the Republican members of Congress passed around candy.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."