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Sunday Night Journal—July 23, 2006

Everybody Wants to Buy Ross Douthat a Beer

The lad (Harvard '02) is emerging as one of the brightest commentators around. I join what seems to be a vast number of Christian bloggers and pundits cheering this piece in First Things, in which he takes on the assertion that George Bush and the Christian right are on the verge of implementing a theocracy in the USA (George Bush?!?!). It's an obviously mistaken, if not completely insane, notion, and yet there is a spate of books maintaining it. Douthat's great insight is that this is the latest manifestation of the paranoia and conspiracy-mindedness that once led some anti-Communists into absurdities. One writer, he says, is "Like a diehard John Bircher poring over Dwight D. Eisenhower’s speeches in search of the Supreme Soviet’s marching orders..." Bingo.

I must say say in passing that I don't really care for the sensation of feeling obliged to a pundit who is probably younger than one or two of my children. Guess I'd better get used to it, though.



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