Ho ho ho. It’s that time of the year when we’re all accustomed to reaching down and coming up with enough scratch to give friends and family a joyous Noel. So please make sure you’ve got National Review on your Christmas list.
Most political magazines — I’m talking about the kind David Kahane reads on a regular basis — are models of Stalinist orthodoxy. The arguments may change over time, but while they’re “raging,” everyone makes sure he’s in lockstep with the rest of the tovarishes. You want your message straight, no chaser, you know where to look: Think of Katrina vanden Heuvel having a serious heart-to-heart with E. J. Dionne Jr. and Rick Hertzberg about spending other people’s money — hell, spending your money — and you’ll know what I mean. You don’t know whether to die of the dudgeon, the humorlessness, or both.
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