A Weak Standard

A Weak Standard

Last spring and summer, as Newt Gingrich and his followers gleefully set about dismantling what remained of the American welfare state, there were many stories in the press about the debut of the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard.

For those who attempt to keep informed, it was hard to get excited. Conservative publications jam the newsstands. There is the Wall Street Journal, the American Spectator, National Review, the Public Interest, Commentary, the National Interest, Policy Review, the City Journal and, as often as not, the New Republic.

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