The Culture of Death

“I know it’s an amendment. I know it’s in the Constitution. But you know what? Enough is enough.” —Rosie O’Donnell Enough is. The audience at Ms. O’Donnell’s show applauded yesterday, and I would have too if I’d been there, not for her call to ban all guns but because Rosie O’Donnell was as genuinely moved […]

The Little Clintons

We are at the end of a great drama. It does not end entirely happily, but then some of the most important stories don’t. Much has been said about the effect of the Clinton scandal on our children, and it is true that thanks to him fifth-graders now know that oral sex is not, as […]

The Good Guys Finally Won

In the fiery years of Watergate, Jimmy Breslin wrote a book called “How the Good Guys Finally Won.” It was a spirited recounting of how people better than Richard Nixon brought him down. It would strike some of us as odd to remember those days as happy, but that’s how Mr. Breslin saw it, and […]

The Outsider, on the Outside Again

Newt Gingrich’s singular place in politics could be seen over the weekend in this: He got hundreds of sincere tributes from people who were sincerely delighted he was leaving. He was right to go, right to take the election’s blame on his back and bear it away. His leadership had failed, his party had lost […]

American Caligula

For seven months I have kept on my desk a picture from a tabloid. It is of two close friends of President Clinton, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and the actress Markie Post. They are laughing and holding hands in joyous union as they jump up and down at where fate has put them down. It had put […]