George Will, Will You?

Had a terrific discussion last night at the Liquor and Rubber Balls Sports Bar and Auto Body Shop about John McCain’s latest campaign gambit, but the conversation (and occasional shoving match) went on so long that I couldn’t get home in time to blog it.  So it’ll have to wait.  Sorry.  Hope I remember most of it.

Meanwhile, I came across a column by George F. Will that I found enlightening, which finishes off with these thoughts:

Conservatives who insist that electing McCain is crucial usually start, and increasingly end, by saying he would make excellent judicial selections. But the more one sees of his impulsive, intensely personal reactions to people and events, the less confidence one has that he would select judges by calm reflection and clear principles, having neither patience nor aptitude for either.

It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?

This was penned before McCain’s tactical campaign decision to stop campaigning (ahem), another example of his shoot-from-the-hip style getting spun by campaign handlers.  Seems George Will cares little for McCain as a candidate, and even less for his running mate, and as a conservative thinker, he doesn’t mind saying so.  Contrast this to his brethren in wingnut media, who jump like puppets at the slightest tug on the strings by the ‘Pub Party Line, and tell me whose counsel you find wisest.

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9 Responses to George Will, Will You?

  1. CORGIGUY says:

    sq, fiirst time here, nice blog!

    conservative thinkers, man those are in the endagered species in the GOP.

    did you catch bill maher last friday he had another conservative thinker andrew sullivan.

    i posted the clip here

    And here’s Conservative Senator Chuck Hagel

  2. Ortho "The Darkness" Stice says:

    Trouble with George Will is, he occasionally shows flashes of integrity, which pisses everybody off. I prefer to think of him as the pedantic ideologue he writes like the other 95% of the time.

  3. Camiel Toe says:

    Can’t help but notice how little response Will’s column evoked from Wingnut Nation. Maybe nobody reads him anymore?

  4. CLJ says:

    Wingnuts don’t read newspapers; they watch Faux News for soundbites instead. Just like they don’t bother reading the Bible when a televangelist will tell them what they need to know on Sunday mornings.

  5. Ms Calabaza says:

    Will’s theory is let everything crash and burn and then come back in 4 years with a “real” Republican.

  6. Camiel Toe says:

    Intriguing thought, Ms Calabaz. What’s a “real” Republican these days? Whatever they are now, they’re not the “conservatives” they claim they want to be. I think CLJ has it about right: they’re people who mouth buzzwords they pick up on TV like “balanced budget,” “social engineering,” “Marxist,” and “immigration reform” without the faintest idea what they’re talking about.

    Hey Squattie — why are you reading George Will and David Brooks? What’s next, Charlie Krauthamer?

  7. Squathole says:

    Corgi: Welcome! Reason your comment didn’t appear until late is the attachments: wordpress thought it was span and held it back.

    Camiel: I enjoy reading well-written commentary even when I disagree with it (and I disagree with MOST of it). Will and Brooks and Krauthamer make a lot of good arguments. Even if one disagrees, it helps formulate and strengthen the arguments for the positions one actually has. If you don’t read, you end up exactly like the clods that CLJ describes: tiresome, humorless parrots of the teevee pundits. No thanks.

  8. Ms Calabaza says:


    you’re right on your assessment but these folks fall into the Liberal Democrat side too.
    Too many people are just headline readers and then parrots …

    I wish we could all agree to disagree without disparaging one another. We’re all Americans and we all want what’s best for our country. (sounds corny and silly, I know) but we are not enemies. Not all conservatives are knuckle-dragging morons and not all Progressives are brilliant. Ya know?

    Me, I just read headlines …

  9. Couldn’t agree more, Ms. C. But don’t blame me, I voted for Nader.

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