2024-07-21 7:14 PM

Our Man in Arlington

Two funerals occurred within the last week that brought home once again the rich political and cultural history of Arlington over the last half century or so.

Our Man in Arlington

Last Saturday, we went to a luncheon at Arlington’s venerable Alpine Restaurant on Lee Highway to celebrate Vivian Kallen’s eightieth birthday.

Our Man in Arlington

Well, I goofed! I predicted that Arlington would go 75 percent for Obama. It only went by 71.8 percent. Oh my!

Our Man in Arlington

Arlingtonian Rufus Phillips has written a great book on Vietnam that should be on your must read list.

Our Man in Arlington

Just about had it with the interminable presidential race? Becoming sated with the endless commentaries and prognostications of seemingly thousands of political gurus, each with their own ax to grind? Convinced that we are wallowing in campaign minutiae and rhetoric and brushing the real issues under the rug?

David Brooks: Playing By Clinton Rules

Barack Obama had a theory. It was that the voters are tired of the partisan paralysis of the past 20 years. The theory was that if Obama could inspire a grass-roots movement with a new kind of leadership, he could ride it to the White House and end gridlock in Washington.

David Brooks: A Defining Moment

The Democratic presidential primary campaign began around Christmas 2006, and it may end Tuesday night. But of all the days between then and now, the most important was Nov. 10, 2007.

Paul Krugman: Hate Springs Eternal

In 1956 Adlai Stevenson, running against Dwight Eisenhower, tried to make the political style of his opponent's vice president, a man by the name of Richard Nixon, an issue. The nation, he warned, was in danger of becoming "a land of slander and scare; the land of sly innuendo, the poison pen, the anonymous phone […]

David Brooks: The Kennedy Mystique

Last week there was the widespread revulsion at the Clintons' toxic attempts to ghettoize Barack Obama. In private and occasionally in public, leading Democrats lost patience with the hyperpartisan style of politics — the distortion of facts, the demonizing of foes, the secret admiration for brass-knuckle brawling and the ever-present assumption that it's necessary to […]