damnum absque injuria

November 1, 2008

Is George Will Smarter Than a Third-Grader?

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:58 pm

George Will offers a perfect example of why I stopped reading George Will years ago. In his latest screed he writes:

From the invasion of Iraq to the selection of Sarah Palin, carelessness has characterized recent episodes of faux conservatism.

As opposed to Real ConservatismTM as practiced by whom? Patrick Buchanan? Andrew Sullivan? Will’s own private fantasies? Will doesn’t say, but he has made it clear over the years that he detests every nominal conservative who has either held or sought the Presidency since Reagan, so with all due respect to Mr. Will (and note that I did say “due”), there can only be so many real world examples of X that conflict with your personal concept of the “real” X before the real world becomes the real thing and your conceptions become faux.

Tuesday’s probable repudiation of the Republican Party will punish characteristics displayed in the campaign’s closing days.

Right, ‘cuz everyone is really itching to elect the real conservative, Barack Obama, not because they buy into Obama’s personality cult, as some do, and not because they are socialists or near-socialists themselves, as some are, but because they all just want to punish John McCain and the Republicans for not being conservative enough. But hey, you never know. If on Tuesday the first candidate in history to win with almost no experience on an essentially socialist platform is swept into office with a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate on the side, maybe the Democrats will interpret this as a strong mandate to become the party of Real Conservatism and limited government. And maybe monkeys will fly out of my butt.

Some polls show that Palin has become an even heavier weight in John McCain’s saddle than his association with George W. Bush.

Will doesn’t name any such polls, of course, nor does he explain what it is about the polls that supposedly show this. Before naming Palin as his running mate, McCain was down by about 10 points. If he ends up losing by significantly more than that, then sure, it would be reasonable to suggest that Palin may have been a limiting factor (though even then it wouldn’t be a slam dunk). But if the net effect of the Palin nomination is for McCain to lose the election but beat the spread, all this Beltway mumbling about Palin hurting McCain is little more than wishful thinking.

Did McCain, who seems to think that Palin’s never having attended a “Georgetown cocktail party” is sufficient qualification for the vice presidency,

Can you say “projection?” I knew you could. McCain never said anything about not having attended a Georgetown cocktail party supposedly being a qualification for anything; if that were the rule he should have nominated me, instead. What he did say was that not having attended such parties is not a disqualification. Apparently, this statement struck a nerve among Georgetown cocktail party animals.

… lift an eyebrow when she said that vice presidents “are in charge of the United States Senate”?

Probably not, but perhaps the real question should have been, “How many Georgetown cocktails must one consume in order to conclude that someone can be the President of something without being ‘in charge’ of it?

She may have been tailoring her narrative to her audience of third-graders, who do not know that vice presidents have no constitutional function in the Senate other than to cast tie-breaking votes.

Apparently, third-graders in Georgetown are taught a much more comprehensive version of civics than I ever got in high school or law school (not to mention law professors themselves). It isn’t until the fourth grade that they learn about the hidden “ha ha, just kidding” clause of Article I, Section 3 or the corresponding “ha ha, not kidding this time” clause that kicks in in the event of a tie. It’s probably not until the fifth or sixth grade that they learn about the hidden clause in Article II that assigns some unspecified executive roles to the Vice President (aside from waiting around for the President to die, be impeached or otherwise become incapacitated – inert “duties” which could just as easily deem the Speaker of the House, the Senate president pro tem, or anyone else in the presidential succession an “executive” as well).

But does she know that when Lyndon Johnson, transformed by the 1960 election from Senate majority leader into vice president, ventured to the Capitol to attend the Democratic senators’ weekly policy luncheon, the new majority leader, Montana’s Mike Mansfield, supported by his caucus, barred him because his presence would be a derogation of the Senate’s autonomy?

I didn’t know that myself, but then again, like Sarah P. I haven’t downed enough Georgetown cocktails to understand what part of the Constitution allows the Senate majority leader (a nonexistent position from a constitutional perspective) to overrule the “President” of the Senate, who in turn is forbidden to “preside” over anything until and unless a tie arises among the votes while someone else was “presiding.” And I’m not even sure I want to ask how many Georgetown cocktails I’d have to imbibe to understand how the “President pro tem” of anything could outrank its “President.” And I guess you’ll have to wait for the hangover before even asking why Vice President Lyndon Johnson even tried to attend a Senate luncheon if he too didn’t have the crazy notion that being “president” of something makes you part of it.

Perhaps Palin’s confusion about the office for which she is auditioning comes from listening to its current occupant. Dick Cheney, the foremost practitioner of this administration’s constitutional carelessness in aggrandizing executive power, regularly attends the Senate Republicans’ Tuesday luncheons. He has said jocularly that he is “a product” of the Senate, which pays his salary, and that he has no “official duties” in the executive branch.

All of which is true, but never mind that. They don’t talk about this stuff at Georgetown cocktail parties, so apparently it does not exist.

His situational constitutionalism has, however, led him to assert, when claiming exemption from a particular executive order, that he is a member of the legislative branch and, when seeking to shield certain of his deliberations from legislative inquiry, to say that he is a member of the executive branch.

Well, sure, but that kind of goes with the territory of simultaneously being “President of the Senate” by virtue of the Vice Presidency and an executive by virtue of membership in the Cabinet. If Will has a problem with that, he should be arguing, as Reynolds does, that all members of Congress including the Vice President should be forbidden to serve in the Cabinet or to work as an agent of the Executive Branch in any way. Congress can pass that law any time they want. But until they do, no law forbids anyone to wear both hats, and in fact a longstanding tradition of having Vice Presidents serve in Cabinets all but compels them to. If that doesn’t suit Will and his fellow de facto Democrats, then I’m afraid that’s just damnum absque injuria.

45 Responses to “Is George Will Smarter Than a Third-Grader?”

  1. Unpartisan.com Political News and Blog Aggregator Says:

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  2. Kevin Murphy Says:

    One of the most amazing things in this election is the Republican search for a scapegoat. If George Bush hadn’t so thoroughly screwed up his second term — if he had even managed to put of the mortgage crash another 2 months — this election would be a slam dunk for McCain/Palin.

    If there is one thing that McCain could change, it would have been noisily breaking with Bush before the Convention. But he didn’t and therefore he lost the center to the Marxist.

    Need to start working on 2010 now.

  3. Tari Says:

    Well, this was satisfying. Thank you.

  4. punditius Says:

    Hey Kevin – how exactly could GWB have “put of” the mortgage crash? I’m not the biggest Bush fan around, but I have yet to read anything that blames the crash on him.

    It seems to me like the “one thing” that McCain should have done was let Palin get out in the hustings right away, & kept her out of the clutches of his sudden enemies in the MSM. Palin’s what is keeping this election close enough that McCain still has a smidgeon of a chance.

  5. betsybounds Says:

    Well, I don’t know. This is a brilliant “fisking” of the George Will column, and heaven knows Will is due a bit of “fisking.” However, I thought, at the point of the stock market calamity and the institution of the alleged rescue package (a mere 3 or 4 weeks ago, wasn’t it?), that McCain took an opportunity to miss an opportunity by deciding to suspend his campaign and return to Washington. It made him look opportunistic and stupid. What better time to make his campaign relevant, rather than suspended? The event itself need have cost him nothing; his response to it made him look–forgive me, but forgive him more–idiotic. When could his campaign possibly have mattered more? What was he thinking? He removed himself from the center of the stage, and he has yet to find his way back. He’s beginning to do it, but there may not be enough time.

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  7. Reggie1971 Says:

    Nice refutation of George Will’s haughty and nonsensical points about Palin. When Democrats were showing up to the Presidential primaries in vastly greater numbers than Republicans, was that because of Sarah Palin, who was months from being selected? Will’s sense of logic is in disrepair, or he has had one too many cocktails in Georgetown.

    The Republican party’s problems have nothing to do with the fact that McCain didn’t select an MSM approved candidate to be his running mate. George W. Bush is the one who is overwhelmingly reponsible for all this. His cronyistic selection of baffoons (Michael “you’re doing a heck of a job” Brown, Alberto Gonzales, and the tragicomic Scott McClellan to name a few) demonstrated that he cared more about his appointments being personally loyal to him than giving the American people the kind of competent officials that they deserve. He squandered the priceless opportunity we had to proactively reform the federal government with a GOP White House, Senate, and House…an opportunity worked for and dreamed about for decades…flushed down the toilet! And then his final insult to conservatives with his amnesty push, the unforgettable “if you dont’ want to do what is right for America” slap in the face to the people who had supported and defended him.

  8. Roger Says:

    You’re right, absolutely.

    Grumpy George should stick to having a good summer wank about baseball. It’s inconsequential, nobody takes it seriously, and he has the winter months to execute his piece while his other, unoccupied hand does the typing.

    Sorry old bastard.

  9. Joe Says:

    Will has always been a pedant, but now he’s become a nasty pedant.

    BTW did he analogize the Republican base to a bunch of third graders?

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  11. lu-ee Says:

    Mr. Will, I say wait until Wed, 5 Nov 08 before we try and cast blame.

    right now the obama camp is crapping in their pants.

    aint nothing guaranteed in this election.

    obama is on the defensive, and biden is incomprehensible. doesnt sound like a game-winning strategy to me.

    also, has Will even seen Palin on the stump? she rocks! she is as good as ANY politican i have even seen…she is much better than obama….and compared to biden, she makes him seem like a zombie. in the end, Palin will have had more interviews than biden and probably just as many as obama.

    be nice if all conservatives & republicans stuck by their candidates like the dems & libs do. instead of being such panty-waists….

    I havenever seen nor read so manner limp-wristed milk-toasted conservs & repubs in my life. they sound like a a bunch of imbeciles & neurotics. supposed conservs i should add. noonan, sullivan, parker and buckley are such phonies to think obama is what the conservative movement and the usa is in need of right now. these people were always in it for the name-recognition and ego-trip. In truth, the have fallen away from the party because Palin was a social/moral conservative as much as a fiscal/military one. for them , morals was/is a diffisive issue, for themselves as much as for others.

    i find it ironic the log-cabin conservs will support mccain-palin but these supposed conserv pundits wont. political cowards i say and we do not need them.

    ….and it also shows you dont have to give in on moral, as well as fiscal conservatism, just to get votes.

    just be who you are, which is a far cry from the two faced noonan-sullivan-buckley crowd.

    Thank the lord it wasnt these two-faced back-biters who were responsible for finally getting the world to notice reagan.

  12. Richard R Says:

    Crap. Another blog I have to add to my daily sojourn.

    Well said, Xrlq.

  13. Micha Elyi Says:

    Kevin Murphy, the only “amazing thing” is your “search for a scapegoat” and you’ve chosen to fixate on President George Bush as yours. And for foolish reasons, too. What makes you think the President could have “put of (sic) the mortgage crash another 2 months”? Here’s the scoop, the President doesn’t have a magic wand to wave and make the economy wonderful, no matter what Barack H. Obama says today or bill clinton said back in 1992.

  14. Rob Wallace Says:

    “Some polls show that Palin has become an even heavier weight in John McCain’s saddle than his association with George W. Bush.

    Will doesn’t name any such polls, of course, nor does he explain what it is about the polls that supposedly show this. ”

    Most polls would reflect this, but only if you polled journalists or the left wing of the Democrats (isn’t that a tautology?)

  15. aloysiusmiller Says:

    What can you say about a man who wears bow ties?

    Anyway George has become as tedious as Peggy Noonan. He is a token conservative in his wife’s liberal crowd. He does a little faux avuncular and amuses the lady’s friends.

  16. ic Says:

    Kevin Murphy: If there is one thing that McCain could change…

    The day I literally saw McCain’s votes went down the drains was the day when the Republican House members voted down the $700 billion “bailout” plan. Not because they voted the bill down, but because the reason they gave to the press: because Pelosi blamed them for the mess. That was the stupidest reason to vote down a stupid bill. From then on, nobody cared what or who caused the mess, the payoffs that Obama, Barney Franks, Chris Dodd got from Freddie and Fannie. McCain actually pushed House Republicans to the negotiation table and improved the bill. But all for naught.

    The Palin pick was the only good thing happened to McCain.

    All these so-called conservatives’ criticisms of Palin, conveniently overlooking Obama’s worse credentials, and Biden’s constant gaffes were disingenuous. They were auditioning for David Gergen’s role as the MSM’s go-to token conservative talking head. They were also concern about their next book sales. Time’s running out for them.

  17. PrestoPundit Says:

    I’d long read George Will, until a friend suggested Will’s stuff was so badly written it was essentially unreadable.

    And I had to admit he was right.

    Now and again Will produces something worth saying, but not nearly often enough to bother plowing through the bad writing three times a week.

  18. DavidN Says:

    Will’s article is also marred by a misunderstanding of the situation re Lyndon Johnson. LBJ was an old school power broker. He didn’t try and show up at the Senate meeting because he was the President of the Senate. He showed up because he was trying to redefine the job of Vice President to include being Majority Leader. He had held the post before the election, and being power hungry he couldn’t see why he shouldn’t be allowed to keep the position. Mansfield and his cronies were glad to see Johnson go, and refused to allow him to continue in his own post. Since the position of Majority Leader isn’t in the Constitution, there’s nothing *legal* to prevent your local dogcatcher from becoming the Senate Majority Leader. Johnson’s position as Vice President was irrelevant: he was bored and power-hungry.

  19. Adjoran Says:

    At least Peggy Noonan and Chris Buckley will be happy to see Will jumping off the Republican wagon with them.

    In the greater scheme of things, one pompous ass more or less makes little difference inside the Beltway – but being a certified one does ensure a continuing stream of invitations to those cocktail parties.

    A chap can’t be expected to pay for his own Chardonnay and Brie all the time, now, can he? Every column published with a “living” interpretation of the Constitution is worth its weight in crab puffs . . .

  20. Carl Pham Says:

    Uh, Kev, what exactly do you mean by “break” with President Bush, hmmm? Just personally slime the man, like the crazy Left does? Call him “Bushitler” and draw Hitler mustaches on his photos?

    Because otherwise, what you mean (or should mean) is break from Bush on some policy issue. Well, for most of the months of this campaign, the signature issue has been seen by everybody to be the war in Iraq, and McCain most definitely did break, publically and defiantly, with Bush on that, two or three years ago.

    Unfortunately for McCain, Bush went ahead and changed his mind, took McCain’s advice, and, damn it, had the temerity to go ahead and win the war, so that people no really give a damn about Iraq.

    McCain also broke with Bush publically and significantly on some of the “War on Terror” issues, in particular the “torture” and “rendition” issues that were supposed to be so Godawful important in ruining our “stature” in the world. Unfortunately for McCain, Bush’s “war on terror” has been successful enough that the rest of the world’s response to his cowboying around has been to…elect leaders more like Bush (Sarkozy, Merkel, Howard, Harper). So…um…looks like our “stature” has actually increased a bit, which is why you haven’t heard much about it lately (the topic doesn’t do much for Campaign Obama).

    Well, what’s left? What area of domestic policy are signature Bush items, on which McCain could have broken with him? The Medicare drug plan? But it turns out people like that. SS reform? Well, maybe, but why jump on the 3rd rail is no one is raising the issue anyway?

    Well, how about “deregulating” Wall Street, what got us into this financial mess (according to Barney Frank and the Democratic Congress)? That’d be great, yes, even at the last moment, except….well, er, there’s this giant lack of Bush speeches in which he proposes “deregulation” of anything at all related to Wall Street, plus a lack of bills introduced by Republicans repealing any particular regulation…so, I mean, what’s he going to say? Mr. Bush may not have made any speeches advocating deregulation, nor did he introduce any legislation to that effect…but, damn it, I know in his heart he would deregulate stuff if he could, and it says in the Bible that the thought counts as much as the deed, I think, so on this point I BREAK with President Bush, I would NOT think secret thoughts about deregulation…

    Not what I’d call a clarion call, an inspiration.

  21. jbrookins Says:

    I too left George years ago. His inside the beltway rants are just silly now. Real conservative? Would he recognize one? I doubt it.

    Hell Sam Donaldson looks conservative compared to George these days. Well at least he looks intellectually honest.

    jbrookins´s last blog post..Voter (registration) Fraud continues

  22. Insatty Says:

    In typically disconnected fashion, Will ignores the media dishonesty and corruption behind The One’s rise to power. Will doesn’t want to point fingers at his fellow Georgetown Cocktail partygoers for their misdeeds. Will should confess that his buddies dishonestly convinced the public that the Republicans were responsible for the Fannie-Freddie meltdown. Will sat quietly by as those Democrat crooks responsible for this mess (Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and Obama) sat as inquisitors instead of being charged as conspirators. Will is just another shill.

  23. Jenn Says:

    Will is all vocabulary and no comprehension. While Reagan was working to bring down the Soviet Union, the bow-tied genius cried, “Reagan has accelerated the moral disarmament of the West by elevating wishful thinking to the status of political philosophy.”

    Nothing this puny man writes is of any lasting value. And his writing on baseball is worse.

  24. J D Everyman Says:

    WFB once said of people like Will: A liberal is a man who will let you think his thoughts.

  25. eric Says:

    You guys are crazy. You make me smile. If you lunatics are the base then the repubs are doomed for ages. I hope you nominate Palin in 2012, 2016, 2020, etc. Woo Hoo! That would be awesome!

    Rock on crazy people!

  26. Jim Pritchard Says:

    George Will held Reagan in something approaching contempt as well. Go back and read his columns from the 80′s; it wasn’t by accident that he named the last collection from the Reagan Administration period “The Morning After.”

  27. Walt Says:

    I think I’m somewhat of a moderate simply because I hold opinions maintained by either party. But if Sarah Palin is where the party of the Conservatives are headed, I want nothing of it.

    I can understand the Republican rebellion against George Will, but I personally think it’s because much of the Party left him. George Will is more like a minor league William F. Buckley and if Mr. Buckley were still alive I wonder where he would stand on the issue of having an undereducated hick possibly run the Republican Party. If you Repubs let Palin continue to rise in the party ranks, you’re undercutting much of the respect the rest of America once had for you.

    My advice to Republicans, and I mean this most sincerely: Have your Repubs in the Alaskan State Govt find a reason to politically "diminish" her power there. And do it fast. I can understand you wanting someone with Sarah Palin’s charisma that seems Reaganistic in its power, but you don’t want _her_.

    Get your soul searching over with early, and pick someone intelligent to run your party. Oh, and fix the Republican "winner take all" primary system.

  28. ajacksonian Says:

    George Will reminds us that the difference between academic conservatives and cultural conservatives is that the latter live their lives by those values to create good political ideas… the academics believe it is all by the book and prefer elite status above actually supporting a culture that fosters conservative ideals.

    Unfortunately lives are led outside of books, and George Will with a few others have helped us to remember that they value conservatism as a theory, not a way of life. Now all we need is some folks in Congress to start showing that things like a strong work ethic, working 5 days a week, 8 hours a day and taking the bare minimum of holidays off is part of that. Until I see Congresscritters of both parties treating their high positions as jobs, not an elevation to the aristocracy, then I will believe that someone *gets it*.

    <abbr><em>ajacksonian&#180;s last blog post..<a href="http://ajacksonian.blogspot.com/2008/11/so-let-me-get-this-straight.html&quot; rel="nofollow">So let me get this straight… Presidential Edition…</a></em></abbr>

  29. MarkJ Says:

    George Will would have a splendid time chatting with "T. Coddington Van Vorhees VII" in the gentleman’s club over cigars and brandy. They could reminisce about the early days of the "National Topsider" and why professional squash has never been the same "since those beastly provincials took it over":

    http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2008/10/as-a-conservative-i-must-say-i-do-quite-like-the-cut-of-this-obama-fellows-jib.html

  30. MarkJ Says:

    eric,

    Oooooooooh, touche. Do you come up with that "witty riposte" all by yourself, or did you just copy it off an Obama boiler room script?

    Don’t lie to us, because we’ll KNOW.

  31. Olson Says:

    I agree with most of your article and George Will is a tool, to be sure, but I’m not sure that this is correct:

    "Senate majority leader (a nonexistent position from a constitutional perspective)"

    Article I sec 3 cl 5 states that the Senate can chuse their other officers, including a president pro tempore. Certainly the senate majority leader would be an "other officer". This would seem to undercut part of your argument as this is not a nonexistent position.

    Strengthening your argument, though, is the part of 1,3,5 that states that the president pro tempe is president ONLY in absence of the vice president. This indicates that the VP presides, majority leader be damned.

  32. larry Says:

    Must be hell for a political pundit to have as his greatest achievement a book about baseball.

  33. Xrlq Says:

    Olson, I “chuse” my words carefully. I didn’t say that Senate Majority Leaders *cannot* exist without violating the Constitution, only that per the Constitution alone, they *do* not exist. What the Senate may chuse to create, it may also chuse to abolish. It’s difficult if not impossible to see how a constitutionally optional officer could outrank the one constitutionally mandated to be president of the same body.

  34. slinkybender Says:

    The funny thing about George Will is that if you only read his columns, and see him on TV, you’ll naturally suspect he’s about five foot six. Because he writes, talks and dresses as if he were half a foot shorter than he is.

    That probably means something, but I’m not sure what.

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  36. patrick Says:

    Good fisking of Will’s column. There’s still a sizable group that conflates being a Conservative and being a Republican. I think Will is in that group.

    patrick´s last blog post..Obama on “redistributive change”

  37. nick Says:

    1 George will is smarter than you.

    2 geroge will did not smash the window of cars that had obama signs

    FUCK YOU bastards

  38. Tammy Says:

    George Will is a pencil-necked elitist geek and I no longer read him.

  39. Tom the Redhunter Says:

    The bottom line is that the only reason John McCain is even competitive and stands a chance of winning tomorrow is Sarah Palin.

    McCain spent the past 8 years annoying conservatives, and only got the nomination because of A) a weak field of opponents and B) he does have his own hard-core base.

    As a result, many or most conservatives where decidedly unenthusiastic about McCain after he secured the nomination. Selecting Romney, Pawlenty, Huckabee, or anyone else would not have fired up the base.

    George Will represents a brand of conservatism whose day has come and gone.

    Tom the Redhunter´s last blog post..Barack Obama’s Energy Plan: Let’s Bankrupt Any New Coal Plants

  40. WadeZ Says:

    George will is a conservative the way Wile E. Coyote is a sheep when he trys to sneek past the dog in a sheep costume in those cartoons. He’s just another Palin basher faux conservative otherwise there’s no way Newsweek would publish him (anything outside their left wing view and adoration of Obama doesn’t into their print). Put a guy who looks like a conservative with his pencil neck and bow tie and glasses and pass him off while he espouses their views covertly.

  41. Jim Prichard Says:

    “George Will is more like a minor league William F. Buckley and if Mr. Buckley were still alive I wonder where he would stand on the issue of having an undereducated hick possibly run the Republican Party.” –ajacksonian

    “I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.” –William F. Buckley, Jr.

  42. largebill Says:

    If Obama wins, the blame primarily falls on McCain. McCain had a nonsensical idea of running a nice campaign and putting somethings (“Rev.” Wright, Frank Davis, etc) off-limits. After McCain, the rest of the blame falls on any voters dumb enough to fall for the rhetoric of that hopey-dopey-change guy.

    largebill´s last blog post..Texas Tech 39 & Texas 33

  43. Olson Says:

    Xrig, I would guess that we agree. The senate majority leader is not mentioned in the constitution, but the power to create one is clearly there. “Constitutionally optional” is, perhaps, the best verbiage and it is apparent that Will is wrong about the constitutional role of the VP (but he is mostly correct on the historical role, which is a different matter).

    I think the words that Palin used “(in charge of the senate”) are sketchy. I would argue that “to preside” does not mean to “be in charge of”. For example, the president of the school board isn’t in charge of that body. He’s a voting member that helps move the agenda along, but he isn’t the master.

    Of course, the great irony here is that the left has saddled Bush, “the president”, with tremendous blame for being “the president”. When Katrina hit, it was Bush’s fault, according to the rabid left, because he is “the president”. That means he is in charge. When the Iraq war went south, it was Bush’s fault, because he is “the president” and is in charge. Same with the economy, unemployment, the stock market, oil prices, crime, education… you name it. The same people, though, claim that “president” is just a fancy title regarding the VP, and the VP, as “president” of the senate, isn’t in charge of anything. It’s amazing how some of this double speak works.

  44. Bull Grubb Says:

    George Will is the David Brooks (of the New York Times and PBS). He appears on ABC programs as the “official conservative” for the media. That means, as with Brooks, you spend your time knocking conservatives and thus are guaranteed an ongoing spot on such programs as This Week with George Stephanopalous or Election Night coverage on ABC. When the Liberal Media attacks, in this case the scary Governor Palin, Will can make up any reasons he wants, but he is expected to join the pack and start biting.

  45. Diane Says:

    Wow! thanks for the info!

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