- The Washington Times - Monday, April 3, 2006

‘Quite a package’

“By now, of course, [Tom] Wolfe has caricatured practically everyone in the United States, either individually or generally, and millions unfamiliar with the caricatures in his books have met them in the film adaptations, first of ‘The Right Stuff’ and later of Mr. Wolfe’s wildly successful 1987 novel, ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities.’ But it must be said of him, in fairness, that he made a caricature of himself first of all. The fussy suits … the one-word sentences, the ellipses and the em dashes chasing one another across the pages — all so splendidly unmistakable, all so easily mocked. …

“Mr. Wolfe is like Hemingway, in fact, in that it’s hard to read much of his work without finding that your own sentences are sounding a little like his, or a lot. But worse things could happen to a person. Mr. Wolfe’s enthusiasm, his boundless confidence, his seemingly relentless reporting and his bravura writing — well, it’s quite a package.”

— Lawrence Biemiller, writing on “White Suit, Gray Eminence,” in the March 31 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education

Immigration rally

“In Los Angeles … half a million people marched in indignation that illegal immigrants might actually be held to account for breaking the law. …

“Indeed, the protesters quoted in the press mainly protested that they deserved what they got from America, whether their status was legal or illegal. Some of them proclaimed an irredentist devotion to ‘reclaiming’ the southwestern United States for Mexico …

“Thomas Sowell … points out that one invites guests to one’s home, thus ‘guest workers’ does not apply. He says ‘gate crashers’ better defines the illegal immigrant worker in the U.S.”

— Lawrence Henry, writing on “Employee Theft,” Friday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Pre-Bork

“University of San Diego law professor Bernard Siegan, who died [March 27] at age 82 … was nominated to a seat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals early in 1987. His nomination quickly became contentious. ‘He was Borked before Robert Bork was even nominated to the Supreme Court later that year,’ recalls Patrick McGuigan, who worked for the Free Congress Foundation at the time. ‘The left used his nomination as a proving ground for the tactics they later applied to Robert Bork.’

“At the hearing at which he was rejected, he was roasted for daring to say that while the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 desegregation ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, was correctly decided, it was based on the wrong legal grounds. In words familiar from his blistering attack on Mr. Bork … Senator Ted Kennedy said that Mr. Siegan’s views were ‘far, far outside the mainstream of legal thinking.’”

— John Fund, writing on “He Was a Child of Madison,” Friday in Opinion Journal at www.opinionjournal.com

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