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Chris Christie: Millennial hero rising

Timothy Stanley makes the interesting analogy between Chris Christie and the New Jersey fictional crime boss Tony Soprano, masterfully portrayed by the late James Gandolfini in "The Sopranos."


Mitt Romney and the future

“I don’t even know why Romney was on that show myself,” Nancy Pelosi said in an interview on MSNBC about Mitt Romney’s interview on Sunday on “Meet the Press.” 


Jennifer Rubin and Rachel Maddow: Guardians of the establishment

As you enter into the realm, two angels hover above the crypt, one from the left and one from the right. They are gatekeepers, guardians of the land of the dead, there to ensure nothing will disturb the departed souls and those still breathing. They are late for dinner, the last to arrive at the feast, come even in the eleventh hour, maybe even too late.


History repeats itself

In reviewing a book about the Kennedy years, a collection of New York Times articles about the 1,000 days of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, I came upon this excerpt from Tom Wicker's report of the day of the assassination.


Arnold in 2016

The hippies had it wrong, wrote Canadian intellectual Robertson Davies. The rising age of Aquarius would not be an age of peace, free love and cheap dope. It would be an age of Titans. Giants will roam the earth again while the rest of us descend back to the murky swamp. Then there is Arnold Schwarzenegger, a virtual titan astride the white horse in the magnificent photo by Annie Leibovitz.


The Once and Future Speaker

Though he is working hard to a deal, perhaps Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) should know there's always a good escape route. This was sent to me by the chief of staff to a House Democrat:


Latrobe's follies

Late in the 18th century, the neoclassic English architect Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe was commissioned by the state of Virginia, at the suggestion of Thomas Jefferson, to design one of the world’s first penitentiaries, in Richmond, Va. 

According to the constitutional historian Garrett Epps’ new book, American Epic: Reading the Constitution, “Latrobe succeeded so well at the commission that he was then hired to design the U.S. Capitol.”

The coincidence of events is remarkable.