If I were attempting anything like an appraisal of Herbert Croly I should say, I think, that he was the first important political philosopher who appeared in America in the twentieth century. I should say that “The Promise of American Life” was the political classic which announced the end of the Age of Innocence with its romantic faith in American destiny and inaugurated the process of self-examination. That is, of course, the opinion of a very grateful friend; yet I believe it will be justified when our history is sufficiently distant and neutral to be interpreted.


The GOP vs. TR

One of the reasons that it was clever for Obama to give his Dec.


It started when the American public was invited (as it were) to look over the doctor’s shoulder during Ronald Reagan’s colonoscopy. At that moment, when diagrams of the presidential large intestine showed up on the evening news, a long-standing tradition of silence went by the boards. The press had colluded in keeping secret the health issues of presidents from Cleveland to Wilson to Roosevelt to Kennedy, but no more.


So let’s say you’re a Republican politician who’s been working the far right side of the political highway for years, getting little national attention other than the occasional shout-out in Human Events. Or let’s say you’re a sketchy business buccaneer with a few million smackers burning a hole in your pocket, and you’ve decided that you’d like to live in the governor’s mansion for a while, but you can’t get the local GOP to see you as anything more than a walking checkbook who funds other people's dreams. What do you do?


Jonathan Wilson: the glorious past of Ghanaian football Steve Davis: final USA player ratings Sean Ingle: "South America boosted by travel, hard work…and luck" Wilson (again!): England's obsolete 4-4-2 What's next for Bob Bradley? Blatter's strange technology flip-flop Is fear undermining England's best youth?

The most error-strewn World Cups Jonathan Wilson: "Serbia must battle their own demons" Wilson (again!): Uruguay could be dark horses Curse on England squad lifted by African druid A more serious look at the "real magic" of South Africa Martin Samuel: Time for Rooney to grow up A new level of parity in this year's Cup

Could English failure against Slovenia reverse demographic trends? Cristiano Ronaldo embraces the role of villain Goal Post contributor Stefan Fatsis on New Zealand's delight Jonathan Wilson breaks down Argentina, Ghana, and Chile Speaking of Wilson: a review of his latest book, The Anatomy of England Brian Glanville: "Are Fabio’s birds coming home to roost?" Zonal Marking on Uruguay vs. Mexico Spain not happy despite win

When Michael Lind is good, he's really, really good. Here he is dissecting the intellectual roots of the current Republican hysteria about the evils of progressivism, embraced by Jonah Goldberg, Glenn Beck, and many others.


Brian Kalt, a law professor and former college classmate of mine, has developed his own law of presidential facial hair: I thought you might be interested in the following ironclad law of American presidential politics. I call it Kalt’s Law: “Under the modern two-party system, if a candidate has facial hair, the Republican always has as much, or more, than the Democrat.” Some notes. 1. It would be the case that the Republican always has more, but for 1904 in which both the Republican Roosevelt and the Democrat Parker had mustaches. 2.


Last year, Joe "You Lie!" Wilson earned the scorn of the establishment. Last night, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito came under criticism. His crime? Being caught on camera expressing disagreement in response to criticism from the president. This emerged as a minor theme of the cable talking head wrapups, and the New York Times reported, "Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., breaking with decorum at such events, shook his head and appeared to mouth the words, 'No, it’s not true.'" Have we really gotten so squeamish?