I’ll be on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz this morning, via the magic of videotape from Friday. (Transcript here.) Which is great, as about an hour after the taping, I came down with dengue fever or soemthing like it, and am coughing and snifling my way through a wonderful reunion of three dozen college pals spouses and kids gathered to jointly celebrate the year of our 50th birthdays. I believe the fetching Mrs. H and I are the only representatives of the Grand Old Party, and my voice is fading to laryngitis, so the political conversations are at least evenly matched.
I also point you to my review of Matthew Continetti’s The K Street Gang in today’s New York Post.
As we are in upstate New York, between the eating and talking we have paid a visit to the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton as well as the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls where the 1848 “Declaration of Sentiments” was inked launching the American women’s rights movement in 1848. This took us through Waterloo, where Memorial Day was begun in 1866.
One of my friends’ spouses, Bob, shares with me an appreciation of Coleen McCullough’s “Masters of Rome” series of historical novels set in the late Roman Republic, beginning with “The First Man in Rome,” which follows the rise of Gaius Marius. Bob sees the parallels of the late Republic in today’s difficulties as a result of the scale of the obligations on Rome then and the United States now. I am much more interested in how the traditional rules of politics broke down in both eras, with a result that the chasm between opponents became deeper and deeper with each departure from accepted, long-standing practice. More on this some other time.
Blogging will resume on Tuesday, as will radio, if my voice returns.