- Jonah Goldberg on the Tea Party The Los Angeles Times columnist gives the movement a more fitting
name--"Restorationists"--and vehemently objects to the main criticisms
leveled against it. "The restorationists are neither anti-elitist nor
anti-intellectual," he argues, listing intellectuals and elites alike
revered by the Tea Party. What exactly is the movement, then? "A
political restoration movement, one that reflects our Constitution and
the precepts of limited government."
- Bret Stephens on Israel's Existential War Though The Wall Street Journal
columnist agrees Israel's settlement expansion is
inflammatory, he insists critics are looking at the issue the wrong way (read the Wire's coverage of the expansion issue here).
Israeli-Palestinian conflict isn't territorial. It's existential.
Israelis are now broadly prepared to live with a Palestinian state along
their borders. Palestinians are not yet willing to live with a Jewish
state along theirs.
- The New York Times on Education Policy The Gray Lady's editorial board praises Education Secretary Arne Duncan,
who "seems keenly interested in ending the odious, widespread practice
under which poorly qualified teachers are shunted into schools serving
the neediest children." The Times hopes Duncan can bring a measure of
civil rights to public education, giving low-income and minority
students better opportunities to learn. "If the secretary follows
through, states and localities that have historically shortchanged these
children — by saddling them, say, with watered-down curriculums and
unqualified teachers — will be required to do better or risk losing
federal education dollars."
- Fareed Zakaria on Little Victories in Pakistan The Newsweek analyst offers
a case for qualified optimism in Pakistan, "where Barack Obama's
foreign policy is working." Zakaria cites a recent uptick in Pakistani
cooperation and aid in capturing wanted Taliban figures, and credits the
shift to the Obama administration's shrewd approach to
American-Pakistani diplomacy. However, he cautions that this is no time
for laurels-resting: "Pressing Pakistan is a lot like running on a
treadmill. If you stop, you move backward, and, most likely, you fall
- The Boston Globe on Saint Patrick's Day Revelry An unsigned editorial
in The Boston Globe defends the city's Saint Patrick's Day
Breakfast, which Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker will
beg off this year. "The event survives because it represents an enduring
Boston subculture, and because it injects a healthy dose of
self-deprecating humor into Massachusetts’ cutthroat political culture,"
the editors write. But they admit that "the breakfast does go on too
long... [so] Baker’s decision to skip this year’s breakfast shouldn’t
weigh too heavily on his reputation."
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