Mark Steyn: Preview and retrospective

Mark Steyn takes note of his appearance yesterday at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis for an audience convened by our friends at the Center of the American Experiment. Mark warmed up for his speech with an interview conducted by Dave Thompson on location in Orchestra Hall, broadcast on News Talk 1130 AM and 103.5 FM (video below). The interview went down before Mark’s speech and gave a good preview of it.

I want to add one retrospective observation to John’s summary. Mark came with a prepared text, but for the first 15-20 minutes or so his remarks came directly out of yesterday’s news. Mark improvised at length off the New York Post story on Obama’s Tuesday fundraising appearance at the mansion of gazillionaire Rich Richman. Mark played with the theme of “Rich Richman” like a jazz soloist taking the song to previously unexplored heights and depths. What John Coltrane was to the saxophone, what Art Tatum was to the piano, Mark Steyn is to the English language applied to politics. He is in a class of his own. But then you knew that.

I trust the “Rich Richman” remarks will turn up on Mark’s site one way or another before too long. Mark, all I can say is that I want to hear that number again. Consider this a request!

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