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The Forgotten Political Genius of Philip Roth

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In these forays, Roth showed not only his customary wit and ferocity, but also a clutch of political convictions born of his unwavering aversion to the misplaced moralism of both the left and the right. Dixon-whose speech Roth endows with pitch-perfect Nixonian smarm and stiltedness-explains that he “could have done the popular thing, of course, and come out against the sanctity of human life,” but would “rather be a one-term President and do what I believe is right than be a two-term President by taking an easy position like that.

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