In Fairness ...

... I should note that the design of this last-ditch McCain ad - which actually uses the word "welfare," as opposed to just talking about "spreading the wealth," a distinction that makes a difference - makes John Judis's "race and Joe the Plumber" argument seem at least slightly more tethered to plausibility:


Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

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