Facing a sea of gray uniforms at the Citadel last week, Pat Buchanan was in his element--a venerated all-male corps of cadets under attack by a young girl and a bunch of misguided federal judges. Buchanan's rhetorical landscape is always filled with symbols of tradition and patriarchy, and his speech to the group didn't lack battlefields, American flags and brave soldiers. Then he described the current national menace: "the men in sandals and beads at the U.S. Department of Education who want to tell the Citadel how to teach history." The young men cheered and laughed uproariously at the image. For...

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