Ed Kilgore


Deviously Ineffective

The Skandalakis campaign’s top consultant was one of Georgia’s most famous living sons–Ralph Reed. The former executive director of the Christian Coalition had left the financially troubled organization the previous year and launched a much-ballyhooed political consulting firm based in Atlanta called Century Strategies. The 1998 election cycle was supposed to be Reed’s chance to… Read more »

The Gospel of William Jennings Bryan

This is the still-prevailing judgment that led Georgetown University’s Michael Kazin to undertake a new biography of Bryan. Kazin’s mission in A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan is to establish that the Great Commoner was the same man with the same principles, and much the same following, during and between the two… Read more »

Inside the Green Zone

Larry Diamond’s conservative critics would have done well to pay attention to his book instead of indulging the urge to delegitimize any critics of Bush policies. Indeed, it’s this tendency to ignore expert advice and the lessons of history that got the administration into so much trouble in Iraq in the first place. Diamond’s actual… Read more »

Inside the Green Zone

Larry Diamond’s conservative critics would have done well to pay attention to his book instead of indulging the urge to delegitimize any critics of Bush policies. Indeed, it’s this tendency to ignore expert advice and the lessons of history that got the administration into so much trouble in Iraq in the first place. Diamond’s actual… Read more »

Good Government

Like many observers before him, Satin is fascinated by the paradox that underlies contemporary politics. America has become a “moderate nation” over the last two decades, with an electorate that is increasingly pragmatic, independent, and suspicious of the conventional pieties of the big-government and anti-globalist left and the anti-government and free-market right. Yet emergence of… Read more »