And while all the credit in the world goes to Murdock and the Cruise organizers, I can't help but think that last year's Fire Tom Friedman exposé played a small part. In that post, I pointed out that the speakers were 91% male, 94% white and their average age was 58.
I'm happy to say that progress goes well beyond Deroy Murdock. This year, males only make up 85% of the speakers and whites only 90%. And Ramesh Ponnuru won't be so lonely when the Asian Caucus holds its meetings at this year's cruise, not with John Yoo on board!
And who says all the young kids are busy Occupying Wall Street? The
average age of a 2011 National Review speaker is a frisky 55 -- 3 years younger than last year! It's amazing what happens when you replace octogenarian Phyllis Schafley with America's Sassiest Randian, S.E. Cupp.
Below is a complete speaker list so you can see what progress looks like.
|James Q. Wilson||White||Male||80|
|Victor Davis Hanson||White||Male||58|
|John J. Miller||White||Male||41|
* The original post referred to Deroy Murdock as the "first African-American speaker." On October 5, 2012, Mr. Murdock emailed a correction request (a FTF first!), asking that "African-American" be changed to "black." The post has been updated to reflect Mr. Murdock's wishes.**
** The original correction contained two embarrassing mistakes: Mr. Murdock's first name was wrongly listed as "Delroy" and the last sentence read, "The post has been be updated to reflect Mr. Murdock's wishes" (emphasis added). Those mistakes have now been corrected thanks, once again, to the diligence of Mr. Murdock. I apologize to Mr. Murdock, who has been nothing but delightfully gracious throughout this whole correction ordeal. So much so that I'm tempted to make another mistake in hopes of hearing from him again . . .