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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - e.j. dionne
"This is not a distraction. This is what this campaign is going to be about," President Obama said Monday at the NATO summit. The "this" in question is Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital and what it says about Mr. Romney's economic vision for the country.
When his best friend took a shine to the girl Jerry Falwell wanted to court, Falwell volunteered to mail his friend's love letters, and threw them away, mailing his own. The girl was his friend's fiancee. It worked, and in 1958 Mr. Falwell married Macel Pate, to whom he was devoted until the day he died of a heart attack at age 73 in his Liberty University office on May 15, 2007.
I like Tony Blair. The left is always lecturing us conservatives on moderation. It would do us good, they say. If only we were moderate, we might win the fall elections. Yet, we are likely to go for people like Joe Miller in Alaska and the dreaded Sharron Angle in Nevada, and we are going to get clobbered, or at least not win as thumpingly as expected.
The Republican National Committee chairman rebuked top Democratic spokesmen for personal attacks that go beyond the pale, including suggestions that Senate candidate Sharron Angle wants her political opponents to die and that he roots for U.S. defeat in Afghanistan.
Borrowing a term from Germany's Christian Democrats - one widely accepted across much of Europe - Mr. Dionne says we need to build a "social market," as opposed to what he calls an "anti-social market."
"I have some empathy for Woodhouse, who must be weary of dealing with the other side's demagoguery day after day," Mr. Dionne wrote in his regular column. "But this is dangerous stuff in a democracy and particularly perilous from a party that, less than two years ago, rightly insisted it could oppose the Bush administration's foreign policy on thoroughly patriotic grounds."