THE PLANK MAY 4, 2009
Upon the passing of Republican politician Jack Kemp on Sunday, TNR has compiled a selection of articles on the late Congressman and VP candidate written from 1990 through today:
Jack Kemp. R.I.P., by John Judis (5/4/09). "In Jack Kemp’s office at the Department of
Housing and Urban Development, where he served as secretary under
George H.W. Bush, a larger-than-life photograph of Kemp, fading back to
pass, adorned an entire wall. It was the most important thing to know
about Kemp the politician, who died yesterday at age 73 ..."
TRB From Washington: The Michael 1 Man, by Jonathan Chait (11/4/96). "But Kemp's set of ideas isn't idiosyncratic. It isn't even a set
of ideas. It's one basic idea, and Kemp is the first to admit he didn't think
it up himself. In fact, no American politician is easier to categorize than
Jack Kemp ..."
The Quarterback, by Michael Lewis (10/14/96). "I am in Jack Kemp's press pool today mainly
because no one else wants to be; no one else wants to be because
tagging along with the running mate of a presidential candidate who
trails by sixteen points with forty-three days to go is not journalism
but a death watch ..."
Now They Tell Us, by Michael Kinsley (7/2/90). "Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Representative Newt Gingrich and Housing Secretary Jack Kemp
want conservatives to launch a big new war on poverty. Nothing like the
collapse of communism is available to explain this domestic-policy