Sarah is the very able publicist who is leading me through the warren of New York and D.C. media this week as I go from interview to interview about The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming Of A Second ‘Clinton Era'”. Though she lives now in Nashville, she is a proud child of Charleston and yesterday as we whiled away time between Green Rooms she told me of the glories of her home town, which I have visited only once. Charleston, she proudly told me, had been the proclaimed the second best city on the world to visit –ahead of Florence and behind only Kyoto by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Hours later this massacre. The Hoover Institution’s Lanhee Chen will be sitting in for me tonight as I visit Sean Hannity’s show, and I am sure he will cover the story as details emerge about the killer after his capture, may it be soon. But the newsrooms that yesterday were full of talk about the 2016 race and the Pope’s encyclical will today be buzzing with only one topic, and rightly so: What could make a madman so angry as to attack God’s people assembled except of course their race, and what crazed voices were fueled by what rages to commit such a horrible crime?
I begin this morning by talking, no doubt about The Queen and Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church this morning, but tune into Sean’s show tonight for discussion of The Queen, and I’ll be signing books in New Jersey at Books & Greetings in Northvale, New Jersey tonight at 7:30 tonight before heading off to D.C.
If you missed my dueling with HuffPo’s Josh zepps, the entire 30 minutes is here. The commenters are not happy with Josh over at NewsBusters, but he was an affable interviewer if very much a lefty who doesn’t hold conservative talk radio in high esteem. I don’t think he had been well-briefed about me. He didn’t have an opinion on Alger Hiss, for example, but has read The Looming Tower. One out of two isn’t bad.
So prayers for the victims and their families and the entire congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the whole city of Charleston. Hate-filled people murdering Christians at prayer is sadly commonplace in the Middle East. It is beyond shocking in the U.S.