J. O'Rourke had a nifty little essay on cars in yesterday's
The phrase "bankrupt General Motors," which we expect to hear uttered on Monday, leaves Americans my age in economic shock. The words are as melodramatic as "Mom's nude photos." And, indeed, if we want to understand what doomed the American automobile, we should give up on economics and turn to melodrama.If you don't at least smile at the antics of P. J. and his cousin Tommy with the family Buick, well, then, you have a heart of stone, sir or madam.
Jonah Goldberg is really good on "empathy" and
how it relates to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme
Court: when empathy comes in the door, impartiality goes out the window.
And "impartiality" is actually
what a Supreme Count Justice must swear to uphold.
Will Sotomayor cross her fingers when she does that?
I think it would be pointless for the GOP to go scorched-earth on Sotomayor, but it would be nice to have a reasoned well-publicized debate about the future direction of judicial philosophy in this country; the Sotomayor hearings would be a good place for that to happen.
While I'm fantasizing about Things That Will Unfortunately Probably
Never Happen, I wonder if the University Near Here—or any
major University at all—would dare get Andrew
Klavan as a commencement speaker?