Talking about the differences between New York, where she used to live, and Washington, where she’s recently moved, Kimberley Strassell, the young (34) and engaging writer of the “Potomac Watch” column for the Wall Street Journal, told Brian Lamb in a C-SPAN interview this evening that her boss, editorial page editor Paul Gigot, had advised her to treat every place as if it were a foreign country.
Hmm. Didn’t Richard Cohen once say that he felt he was a foreign correspondent in America? The elites, whether liberal or “conservative,” do not experience themselves as a part of this country. That is their political essence and it explains why they stand for the things they stand for.
Laura W. writes:
This is why journalists always campaign for change, rarely for preservation. There’s no bond between them and the places they cover.LA writes
Strassell comes from a very small rural town in Oregon, where her family still lives. Does she practice Gigot’s precept when she goes back home to visit her parents? Or does she resort to the unprincipled exception in that case?Karen writes from England:
It is amazing how elites become detached from their nations….where do they think they will go to live when they have completed their nation-destroying project? They are living in a fool’s paradise.At the end of the article, Janet Daley says some things that hit home:
[Cameron] talks of restoring support for marriage in the tax and benefit system, but would he actively dismantle the benefit support system which has created welfare ghettos?
Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 18, 2007 09:07 PM | Send