• The Political Animal

    “Lawyering Up” in the War of Words

    Journalist pundits are not the most interesting thinkers around. (Radio and talk show host pundits are not even thinkers – they’re talkers. They talk very well.) Their job is to master the conventional thinking of the worlds they cover – to be ignorant of a current conventional thought is to prove oneself inexpert – and insight consists of acquiring and mastering the coming convention ahead of the pack. So it is that when someone among the punditry operates for a moment on a somewhat deeper level than the rest, the cogs either stop or grind very gratingly. Yesterday on This Week, newcomer to the roundtable Shelby Steele (functioning, after the…