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Lebron James really knows how to motivate a team.  Unfortunately, it was not the Dallas Mavericks.

Mr. James says "the Greater Man upstairs know when it's my time."  Is he referring to the Almighty or to Shaquille O'Neal, who is three inches taller and once lived three floors above him?  (I made that up.)

Speaking of basketball games,  the media have said repeatedly that Bill Clinton "officiated" at Anthony Weiner's wedding.  I wonder if he had a whistle or a striped shirt.   Did Clinton go online to get ordained or was he already a minister in the Church of Ethical Culture?  What do you call a wedding where Bill Clinton officiates?  I don't know but it is probably illegal in Alabama.

Charlie Rangel is the only Democratic leader still defending Anthony Weiner.  If Weiner does leave, poor Rangel will once again be the most dissolute and most ludicrous member of Congress.

Newt Gingrich, invariably described as the "most intelligent man" in the GOP. has lost all his top campaign aides.  Not to worry, though.  Newt says the crybabies left because of his decision to run an "unconventional campaign."   What is a conventional campaign?  One in which the candidate has at least a snowball's chance in hell of winning.  If Newt is the brains of the GOP, Bill Bennet must be the conscience, Dick Cheney the heart, and John McCain the guts.

Michelle Bachman, asked by the WSJ about her favorite economists, claims she reads Ludwig von Mises at the beach.  When Dr. Johnson said, "No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures," he had not met a conservative American politico.  Poor Murray Rothbard must be rolling in his grave.

It's a wild party, all right.  Bachman adores Mises, and Paul Ryan can hardly open his mouth without quoting Ayn Rand.  How will this go down with all the self-described Christian conservatives in the GOP?  Just fine.  If they were not meant to be sheared, why did God make them sheep?


Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is the former editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors' Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and four grandchildren.

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