Join the Party! The guest list: Ross Douthat ,Anne and Mitt,The New WASP Elite, Endicott Peabody,The Bundy brothers and Louis Auchincloss by American Litterateur

You have to credit Mr. Ross Douthat for the ability to produce an almost 750 word essay on the natural superiority of the Romneys, both Ann and Mitt. It looks like a long and ardent genuflection in homage to the royal couple. Mr. Douthat posits that Mormons as the new WASP elite – don't mention that the last prominent members, in American government, of that elite were the notorious Bundy brothers,although that might just put a damper on his musings.( How to locate the intellectual terrain of this essay is one of it's challenges? You might just call it by it's real name, public relations.) It could be argued that the Bundy brothers were Endicott  Peabody's greatest failure, that might be a bit controversial, there could be many more, but these brothers seem exemplary of the WASP culture that Mr. D. is in the mood celebrate. It strikes this reader as revelatory of certain usable political nostalgia for the good old days, of the invincible white male, in the age of Obama. But, no matter, Mr. Douthat does give a walk on to one of Mr. Peabody's greatest successes, the novelist and essayist Louis Auchincloss. This essay has the tone and cadence of self-aggrandizing dinner party chatter, recalled in the haze of too much wine, and in the haste of leave taking.
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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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