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  • George Will: In Ted Cruz, a candidate as good as it gets

    06/16/2011 9:09:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 15, 2011 | George Will
    For a conservative Texan seeking national office, it could hardly get better than this: In a recent 48-hour span, Ted Cruz, a candidate for next year’s Republican Senate nomination for the seat being vacated by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC, FreedomWorks PAC, talk-radio host Mark Levin and Erick Erickson of RedState.com. And Cruz’s most conservative potential rival for the nomination decided to seek a House seat instead.
  • George Will predicts Weiner ‘digs in,’ uses the Americans with Disabilities Act

    06/12/2011 10:41:38 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    George Will predicts Weiner ‘digs in,’ uses the Americans with Disabilities Act Jeff Poor - The Daily Caller 41 mins ago When in crisis, there’s always rehab. Professional golfer Tiger Woods used it when he was in trouble with sex scandal. Former Republican Florida Rep. Mark Foley used it when allegations of his icky behavior involving congressional pages made the news. And now embattled New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner is using it so he can try to survive in public office. And according Washington Post columnist George Will, it is a sign of the times. On Sunday’s “This Week”...
  • George Will: Government by the ‘experts’

    06/10/2011 7:30:04 PM PDT · by inkling · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2011 | George Will
    "The legislative cannot transfer the power of making laws to any other hands... The power of the legislative, being derived from the people... [is] only to make laws, and not to make legislators." — John Locke, “Second Treatise of Government”Here, however, is a paradox of sovereignty: The sovereign people, possessing the right to be governed as they choose, might find the exercise of that right tiresome and so might choose to be governed in perpetuity by a despot they cannot subsequently remove. Congress did something like that in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. The point...
  • George Will's savage attack on Sarah Palin shows GOP establishment is desperate

    05/30/2011 2:53:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    Irish Central ^ | May 30, 2011 | Patrick Roberts
    Conservative columnist and commentator George Will has slammed Sarah Palin saying she should not be trusted with nuclear weapons. Will was speaking on ABC yesterday and his damning words,coming from the right, may give many people pause. Here is what he said: "Two things are infinite. One is the expanding universe, and the other is media attention to Sarah Palin, who is a genius at manipulating it. But she has several political problems. The first of which is there's no undecided vote in this country anymore about Sarah Palin. Sure, second, the threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in...
  • George Will, Republagogue

    05/29/2011 9:06:20 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 64 replies
    Texas For Sarah Palin ^ | 05/29/2011 | Josh Painter
    Levin: "The contempt for Palin does, in fact, remind me of the contempt some had for Reagan" A demagogue is defined as a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing people's emotions, passions, and prejudices. Which is exactly what George Will did this morning, as Doug Powers observes: George Will seems to think American voters are concerned that our nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of… Sarah Palin: “The threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in everyone’s mind in a presidential election. ‘Should we give this person nuclear weapons?’ And the...
  • George Will: Everyone Knows Sarah Palin Should Not Be Trusted With Nuclear Weapons

    05/29/2011 1:58:02 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 107 replies
    Mediate ^ | Sunday May 29, 2011 | Matt Schneider
    With Sarah Palin fever sweeping across the media again, persistent Palin critic and conservative commentator George Will clearly was not excited by the speculation surrounding her potential run for President. Donna Brazile, Jonathan Karl and Ed Gillespie joined in on the conversation, yet Will had the most pointed remarks regarding how Palin is a “genius at manipulating” the infinite media attention she receives. Christiane Amanpour began the segment commenting “no one steals a show like Sarah Palin,” and while Will admits she will have a huge impact on the nomination process if she does decide to run, he still dismisses...
  • George Will Goes Nuclear On Sarah Palin

    05/29/2011 12:13:30 PM PDT · by kevinaw2 · 97 replies
    Ward World ^ | 05/26/2011 | Kevin A Ward
    George Will has in the past demonstrated intellectual disdain for conservatives that he deems unrefined in advancing conservative principles. His assault on Sarah Palin today is over the top. Does George Will think Sarah Palin is untrustworthy of presiding over our nuclear arsenal? Why would he make this statement if only to imply that Palin is mentally unhinged and therefore unsuited for office? George Will has contributed mightily to the conservative movement in a scholarly role, like a professor to a student. But like most students admire the intellect of the teachers they ultimately shed the presumptions of the ivory...
  • Contrary to Media Reports, GOP Has Strong Field in 2012

    03/11/2011 5:19:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2011 | Matt Towery
    This past week, I've seen or read plenty of news analyses suggesting that the Republicans have a weak field of presidential hopefuls for 2012. Not so. I believe that many of the potential candidates who might seek the GOP nomination have strategically strong paths to the White House, assuming that President Obama is still vulnerable next year. Last week in this column, I put forth an explanation as to why Newt Gingrich is a stronger political force than many imagine. This week, let's consider the Republicans' other potential major candidates for the White House. For starters, there's Mitt Romney. Some...
  • On the GOP Menu for 2012

    03/09/2011 6:36:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    And so now we enter the mopey phase of the GOP presidential contest. The gloom takes many forms, but foremost is the fear that the field taking shape might be the one we're stuck with. It's like that feeling you get when you're starving and you go into a restaurant. At first everything on the menu looks great, until you have to make your choice and you realize there's nothing you actually want to eat. There isn't a German word for this sensation, but one that comes close is futterneid -- the envy one feels when somebody orders a better...
  • George Will's Atrophied Intellectual Curiosity. He may well have exhausted his shelf life.

    03/08/2011 7:12:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/08/2011
    For all his contributions to the cause, and they have been many, conservative media personality George Will may well have exhausted his shelf life. In his much-discussed Sunday column, Will all too predictably excoriated those Republicans politicians and pundits who have questioned Obama's origins and ideology.  Most troubling was Will's slam of WOR Radio host Steve Malzberg for asking would-be presidential candidate Mike Huckabee a question that strikes those of us who have done some investigating as altogether reasonable: Asked Malzberg, "Don't you think it's fair also to ask [Barack Obama] . . . how come we don't have a...
  • Crazy Larry: Pawlenty Only Plausible GOP Prez Pick

    03/07/2011 7:11:58 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Larry O'Donnell has named Tim Pawlenty as the only "plausible" Republican candidate for president in 2012. Take it for what it's worth. And consider that O'Donnell was almost surely seeking to sow dissension in Republican ranks. Caveats carefully in place, consider the reasons O'Donnell dinged all the other possible nominees. View video here.
  • Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and the spotlight-chasing candidates 2012 (Will blind to O's past?)

    03/06/2011 8:52:59 AM PST · by jobim · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/6/11 | George Will
    ....A magazine article containing what Gingrich calls a "stunning insight" is "the most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama." Gingrich begins with a faux question: "What if he is so outside our comprehension" that he can be understood "only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior?" Then Gingrich says this is not just a question, it is "the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior." To the notion that Obama has a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview, the sensible response is: If only. Obama's natural habitat is as American as the nearest faculty club; he is...
  • George Will:Palin‘cannot be elected’[but if you're short,bald,uncharismatic but competent governor]

    01/03/2011 5:14:56 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 73 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Updated: 4:28 PM 01/03/2011 | Laura Donovan
    To many, the biggest question surrounding the 2012 presidential election remains: Will Sarah Palin run? Regardless of the answer, conservative columnist George Will believes Palin “cannot be elected president because she cannot compete where elections are decided.” On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Will explained that Palin will have trouble getting votes in specific parts of the country.
  • George Will Definitively Declares Sarah Palin “Cannot Be Elected President”

    01/02/2011 6:17:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 153 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 2, 2011 | Frances Martel
    We’re now less than two years away from the next presidential election, which means it’s time for 2012 presidential speculation to begin! The first This Week of the year kicked off the talk with some of the biggest names on the Republican side, and George Will seems to have found through the litany of names what he called “the President’s secret weapon”: Sarah Palin’s inability to be elected. Asked by Jake Tapper (filling in for Christiane Amanpour) to evaluate the Republican landscape for November 2012, Will began by addressing the fact that Mike Huckabee had performed particularly well in the...
  • The Retreat of The State - George Will at his best!

    12/15/2010 8:03:26 AM PST · by rvoitier
    Video of his talk at last year's CPAC
  • Bush v. Gore, 10 years later

    12/12/2010 2:53:54 PM PST · by paudio · 70 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 12.12.10 | George Will
    The passions that swirled around Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court case that ended 10 years ago Sunday, dissipated quickly. And remarkably little damage was done by the institutional collisions that resulted when control of the nation's supreme political office turned on 537 votes out of 5,963,110 cast in Florida. Many controversies concerned whether particular votes could be said to have been cast properly. Chads are those bits of paper that, when a ballot is properly cast by puncturing spots next to candidates' names, are separated from the ballot. In Florida, there were "dimpled" chads that were merely dented and...
  • Why Does the Media Love to Pick On Palin?

    11/30/2010 3:22:43 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 30, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The media just loves to hate Sarah Palin. And, if polls are to be believed, the constant media bombardment has hurt her standing among many independents. Unfortunately, over the last couple of weeks, even conservative media pundits such as Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Joe Scarborough and Matt Labash see these attacks and warn that she can’t win the presidency. They even buy into the attacks on her judgment, intelligence, and competence. But what these conservatives don’t appreciate is that Palin is being attacked because she is smart and effective, not because she is dumb. For just how far...
  • Howard Dean: Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine Because Fox ‘Makes Stuff Up’ etc.

    11/30/2010 8:31:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 30, 2010 | Rusty Weiss
    An audio clip from about two months ago has been uncovered by The Blaze which clearly demonstrates that, even with all of his opining and public speaking skills, there is a reason that Howard Dean’s most notable quote will always remain a timelessly incoherent scream.  Despite being a one-word definition of ignorance, Dean doesn’t mind discussing how to control the media in an effort to educate what he considers to be the ignorant masses – Americans. What would he do about the media? “I would bring back the Fairness Doctrine so you couldn’t have a spectacle of a Fox Flooze, which...
  • The T.S. of A takes control

    Fifty years ago, William F. Buckley wrote a memorable complaint about the fact that Americans do not complain enough. His point, like most of the points he made during his well-lived life, is, unfortunately, more pertinent than ever. Were he still with us, he would favor awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received in 1991, to John Tyner, who, when attempting to board a plane in San Diego, was provoked by some Transportation Security Administration personnel.
  • George Will: Palin ‘Non-Presidential’ TV Appearances Will Not Lead to WH (call him a waambulance!)

    11/21/2010 3:56:34 PM PST · by dselig · 227 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 21, 2010 11:00 AM
    George Will: Palin’s ‘Non-Presidential’ TV Appearances Will Not Lead to the WH Sarah Palin can been seen all over television this week – from the debut of TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” to her daughter’s controversial appearance in the finale of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” – but can Americans see her in the White House in 2012? George Will says no. “The independent voters have made up their minds about her, and it is a negative judgment they’ve made,” ABC’s George Will said on the “This Week” roundtable. In an interview with Barbara Walters that airs December 9th, Sarah Palin...
  • A recoil against liberalism (Verbal Spanking Alert)

    11/04/2010 9:37:51 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/4/2010 | George Will
    Unwilling to delay until tomorrow mistakes that could be made immediately, Democrats used 2010 to begin losing 2012. Trying to preemptively drain the election of its dangerous (to Democrats) meaning, all autumn Democrats described the electorate as suffering a brain cramp, an apoplexy of fear, rage, paranoia, cupidity - something. Any explanation would suffice as long as it cast what voters were about to say as perhaps contemptible and certainly too trivial to be taken seriously by the serious. [....] [Obama] had defined himself as a world-class whiner even before Rahm Emanuel, a world-class flatterer, declared that Obama had dealt...
  • Finally: George Will vs. Meghan McCain on the tea-party movement

    10/17/2010 2:23:29 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 16, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    People will goof on Amanpour for booking this, but purely as spectacle, it’s a stroke of genius. Be honest: You’re dying to see how this meeting of the minds played out. Two key moments. The first comes at around 2:45, when MegMac lays into Christine O’Donnell. For thoughts on that, see MKH’s wry tweet from this morning. The other starts at around 7:35 and runs through 9:30, when Will replies to her point that the tea party is “intolerant” and losing younger voters rapidly. In fact, it’s The One who’s lost 16 points among college students since last year; tea...
  • George Will: Meghan McCain Does Not Have 'An Astute Political Point' (Video)

    10/17/2010 1:00:31 PM PDT · by careyb · 37 replies
    This Weak via THFA ^ | 10/17/10 | George Will
    Understatement of the century?
  • An election of historic significance

    10/13/2010 11:15:02 PM PDT · by paudio · 4 replies
    Union Leader ^ | Oct 14, 2010 | GEORGE F. WILL
    After November, Republican eyes will turn to the prize of the presidency in 2012. Concerning which, McConnell sees cautionary lessons from three other years -- 1946, 1954 and 1994. In 1946, President Truman's party lost control of both the House and Senate. In 1948, however, Truman won an improbable re-election running against the "do-nothing 80th Congress." In 1954, President Eisenhower's party lost control of the House and Senate. But two years later, Eisenhower was resoundingly re-elected. In 1994, President Clinton's party lost control of the House and Senate. In 1996, Clinton cruised to re-election, partly because of reckless behavior --...
  • GEORGE WILL: Bucks County Rematch

    09/22/2010 12:26:04 PM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 30 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | 22 September 2010 | George F. Will
    LANGHORNE, Pa. -- From the 1930s through the 1950s, Bucks County northeast of Philadelphia acquired a glamorous reputation as a retreat for Manhattan celebrities, including Oscar Hammerstein, who, according to local legend, was inspired by the view from his Doylestown front porch to write “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” the opening song of “Oklahoma!” Today the county, which is 93 percent of Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, figures in Republicans’ plans to sing that song on the morning of Nov. 3. The district has about 209,000 Democrats, 189,000 Republicans and 66,000 independents. The seat is held by a Democrat, Patrick Murphy,...
  • The Earth Doesn’t Care About what is done to or for it.

    09/21/2010 3:07:23 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 26 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 9-12-2010 | george will
    The cover of The American Scholar quarterly carries an impertinent assertion: “The Earth Doesn’t Care if You Drive a Hybrid.” The essay inside is titled “What the Earth Knows.” What it knows, according to Robert B. Laughlin, co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics, is this: What humans do to, and ostensibly for, the earth does not matter in the long run, and the long run is what matters to the earth. We must, Laughlin says, think about the earth’s past in terms of geologic time.
  • The environmental movement in retreat

    09/06/2010 4:53:16 AM PDT · by libstripper · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 5, 2010 | George Will
    The collapsing crusade for legislation to combat climate change raises a question: Has ever a political movement made so little of so many advantages? Its implosion has continued since "the Cluster of Copenhagen, when world leaders assembled for the single most unproductive and chaotic global gathering ever held." So says Walter Russell Mead, who has an explanation: Bambi became Godzilla.
  • Netanyahu, the anti-Obama

    08/17/2010 5:42:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | 8/17/2010 | George Will
    Two photographs adorn the office of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Together they illuminate a portentous fact: No two leaders of democracies are less alike -- in life experiences, temperaments and political philosophies -- than Netanyahu, the former commando and fierce nationalist, and Barack Obama, the former professor and post-nationalist. One photograph is of Theodor Herzl, born 150 years ago. Dismayed by the eruption of anti-Semitism in France during the Dreyfus Affair at the end of the 19th century, Herzl became Zionism's founding father. Long before the Holocaust, he concluded that Jews could find safety only in a national homeland....
  • In Netanyahu, Israel Has Its Own Churchill

    08/11/2010 6:18:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 11, 2010 | GEORGE F.WILL
    JERUSALEM — Two photographs adorn the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Together they illuminate a portentous fact: No two leaders of democracies are less alike — in life experiences, temperaments and political philosophies — than Netanyahu, the former commando and fierce nationalist, and Barack Obama, the former professor and post-nationalist. One photograph is of Theodor Herzl, born 150 years ago. Dismayed by the eruption of anti-Semitism in France during the Dreyfus Affair at the end of the 19th century, Herzl became Zionism's founding father. Long before the Holocaust, he concluded that Jews could find safety only in a national...
  • George Will Uses Quote From Obama to Destroy Liberal Attack On Sarah Palin’s ‘Mama Grizzlies’ Ad

    07/11/2010 5:18:16 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 11, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of George Will using a quote from Obama to completely destroy Ruth Marcus’ attack on Sarah Palin’s “Mama Grizzlies” ad. Marcus attacked the ad as “vapid” and “platitudinous.” Will responded, “On the vapidness meter, that ranks nowhere near, “We are the ones we have been waiting for,” which was Obama’s way of flattering the self-esteem of his supporters.”
  • Candidate nobody is not to be underestimated (Will on Sharron Angle)

    07/03/2010 11:27:06 PM PDT · by pissant · 17 replies · 2+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 7/3/10 | George Will
    Sometimes provocative people become that way because they were provoked. Sharron Angle, 60, could be enjoying the 10 grandchildren she loves even more than her .44 magnum. Instead, she is the Republican nominee against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's quest for a fifth term as senator. Her campaign began, in a sense, three decades ago, when a judge annoyed her. When her son was depressed about having to repeat kindergarten -- "He was a 6-year-old dropout" -- she decided on home schooling, which Nevada law permitted. But a judge construed the law to require that parents who home-school must live...
  • George Will on GOP Officeholders and DADT – “They’re not being very intelligent”

    06/07/2010 6:08:16 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 24 replies · 60+ views
    http://bloggingblue.com ^ | June 1, 2010 | bloggingblue.com
    Republican pundit George Will & George W. Bush’s adviser Matthew Dowd both call-out Republican officeholders for being out of touch & out of step on the repeal of DADT. I often don’t agree with George Will, but this time, I applaud his viewpoints. He had this to say in a recent television interview: “The Supreme Court has a famous phrase they used in some opinion ‘the evolving standards of decency that mark a maturing society”. Clearly these are evolving. The case is over.” When asked what was going on with the Republicans in Congress, George Will had this to say:...
  • Progressivism And Limits Of A Welfare State

    06/02/2010 7:04:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 428+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 2, 2010 | GEORGE F. WILLS
    Today, as it has been for a century, American politics is an argument between two Princetonians — James Madison, class of 1771, and Woodrow Wilson, class of 1879. Madison was the most profound thinker among the Founders. Wilson, avatar of "progressivism," was the first president critical of the nation's founding. Barack Obama's Wilsonian agenda reflects its namesake's rejection of limited government. Lack of "a limiting principle" is the essence of progressivism, according to William Voegeli, contributing editor of the Claremont Review of Books, in his new book "Never Enough: America's Limitless Welfare State." The Founders, he writes, believed that free...
  • Cato: 2010 Milton Friedman Prize Dinner Keynote Address

    05/18/2010 10:34:24 PM PDT · by dr_who · 252+ views
    Cato Daily Podcast: George Will's keynote at the Milton Friedman Prize Dinner
  • Crony Capitalism: From GM to Greece, the Lies Keep Growing

    05/13/2010 9:02:36 AM PDT · by moose2004 · 11 replies · 396+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 5/13/10 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- To understand the pertinence to America of events in Greece, notice General Motors' most recent misbehavior. A television commercial featuring CEO Ed Whitacre demonstrates the institutional murkiness and intellectual dishonesty that result when the line between public and private sectors disappears.
  • George Will Slaps Down Bill Maher on 'This Week'

    05/03/2010 4:24:34 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 52 replies · 2,133+ views
    http://www.associatedcontent.com ^ | May 03, 2010 | By Mark Whittington
    Bill Maher is a snarky fellow who has a half "comedy" half public affairs show on HBO in which he gets laughs by saying stupid, offensive stuff. "Republicans are racists." "Sarah Palin is a ding bat." "Barack Obama is a calm black man." But when he appeared on "This Week" Maher found out what happens when one says stupid stuff in front of George Will. For information purposes, Will is correct that Brazil is a heavy oil producer and consumer and Bill Maher, as usual, is full of--er--stuff. And somewhere David Brinkley is rolling his eyes and saying, "And I...
  • Video: Bill Maher Gets Owned By George Will

    05/02/2010 3:03:09 PM PDT · by careyb · 59 replies · 3,137+ views
    The Hope For America ^ | 5/2/10 | George Will
    George Will puts Bill Maher in his place.
  • George Will Smacks Down Bill Maher On This Week: Brazil Doesn't Use Oil?

    05/03/2010 9:33:10 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 39 replies · 3,075+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | Sun, 05/02/2010 - 16:04 ET | By Noel Sheppard
    Bill Maher was clearly out of his league Sunday when he made an absurd claim about Brazil being off oil for decades only to be corrected by a significantly more knowledgeable George Will. As the Roundtable discussion of ABC's "This Week" turned to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, host Jake Tapper mentioned -- without the vulgarity -- what Maher said on HBO's "Real Time" about President Obama not "getting more shall we say guff" for this crisis. Maher concluded his answer by erroneously saying, "I mean, Brazil got off oil in the last 30 years, we certainly...
  • The Governor Who Roared In New Jersey

    04/21/2010 4:38:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 680+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 21, 2010 | GEORGE F. WILL
    <p>MORRISVILLE, Pa. — The bridge spanning the Delaware River connects New Jersey's capital with this town where the nation's most interesting governor occasionally eats lunch at Cafe Antonio. It also connects New Jersey's government with reality.</p> <p>The bridge is a tutorial on a subject this government has flunked — economics, which is mostly about incentives. At the Pennsylvania end of the bridge, cigarette shops cluster: New Jersey's per-pack tax is double Pennsylvania's.</p>
  • An argument to be made about immigrant babies and citizenship

    03/27/2010 7:02:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 675+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 28, 2010 | George F. Will
    A simple reform would drain some scalding steam from immigration arguments that may soon again be at a roiling boil. It would bring the interpretation of the 14th Amendment into conformity with what the authors of its text intended, and with common sense, thereby removing an incentive for illegal immigration. To end the practice of "birthright citizenship," all that is required is to correct the misinterpretation of that amendment's first sentence: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United..." --snip-- Appropriately, in 1884 the Supreme Court held that...
  • Sis Boom Bah Humbug

    03/12/2010 12:02:41 PM PST · by The Pack Knight · 4 replies · 296+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11 March 2010 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- The increasingly puerile spectacle of presidential State of the Union addresses is indicative of the state of the union, and is unnecessary: The Constitution requires only that the president "shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union." But a reaction may be brewing against these embarrassing events. Speaking in Alabama, Chief Justice John Roberts said "to the extent that" this occasion "has degenerated into a political pep rally," he is "not sure why we're there." He was referring to Supreme Court justices. But why is anyone there? Roberts was responding...
  • George Will: Privileges, Guns and the Court

    03/08/2010 10:40:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 240+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | March 7, 2010 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- It is said, more frequently than precisely, that the reasons the Supreme Court gives for doing whatever it does are as important as what it does. Actually, the court's reasons are what it does. Hence, the interest in the case the Supreme Court considered last week... --snip-- And even Justice Antonin Scalia, who recognizes that "substantive due process" is intellectual applesauce, thinks it is too late to repudiate 137 years of the stuff... --snip-- First, protecting the individual's right to keep and bear arms for self-defense was frequently mentioned by those who drafted and ratified the 14th Amendment,...
  • George Will Hits The Nail on the Head, Robert Reich's Head

    03/07/2010 5:13:15 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 41 replies · 242+ views
    The Lid/ABC News/Newsbusters ^ | 3/7/2010 | The Lid
    For the second week in a row George Will made mincemeat out of a liberal apologist for Obamacare. Last week it was Paul Krugman, this week, Robert Reich former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, co-founder of American Prospect Magazine and advocate of health care rationing. In a September 2007 speech to an audience at the UC Berkeley, Reich was quoted saying, "We're going to have to, if you're very old, we're not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another...
  • A Cure for Character

    02/28/2010 5:44:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 345+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2010 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- Peter De Vries, America's wittiest novelist, died 17 years ago but his discernment of this country's cultural foibles still amazes. In a 1983 novel, he spotted the tendency of America's therapeutic culture to medicalize character flaws: "Once terms like identity doubts and midlife crisis become current," De Vries wrote, "the reported cases of them increase by leaps and bounds." And: "Rapid-fire means of communication have brought psychic dilapidation within the reach of the most provincial backwaters, so that large metropolitan centers and educated circles need no longer consider it their exclusive property, nor preen themselves on their special...
  • George Will Delivers Big at CPAC

    02/22/2010 2:18:03 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 31 replies · 1,331+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Michael van der Galien
    Commentary’s Peter Wehner rightly draws attention to George Will’s superb speech at CPAC last week. Although the speeches of other speakers, such as Newt Gingrich, Andrew Breitbart, Glenn Beck and, yes, even Ron Paul were covered extensively in the blogosphere, Will’s speech has largely been ignored. This is, as far as I’m concerned, a shame, because Will truly “knocked one out of the park,” as Wehner puts it. Will’s main point was that the Left’s main goal is to make Americans dependent on the government for pretty much everything. He succinctly called this “the dependency agenda.” I strongly encourage you...
  • George Will's Speech At CPAC 2010 (Excellent)

    02/21/2010 7:25:48 PM PST · by StopObama2012 · 48 replies · 1,346+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/21/2010 | Real Clear Politics
    Speech by George Will to CPAC 2010.
  • George Will: Chuck DeVore will be the Republican nominee

    02/19/2010 12:26:17 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 30 replies · 1,941+ views
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | February 2010 | http://www.youtube.com
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  • Conservative "A List" Takes on Palin

    02/19/2010 11:25:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 830+ views
    The National Review ^ | February 19, 2010 | Mike Potemra
    The conservative intelligentsia are starting to take Sarah Palin seriously, but I suspect they have not got her quite right yet. Within 24 hours of each other, heavyweights Dorothy Rabinowitz and George Will have published op-eds critical of her. Here’s Rabinowitz: “The Sarah Palin of election year fame has not been much transformed since last we met. For many who look to her as a presidential hopeful, and a voice for their social views, this can’t be encouraging news.” What, specifically, does Rabinowitz object to? In part, the fact that Palin has endorsed Ron Paul’s son for the U.S. Senate;...
  • Sarah Palin And The Mutual Loathing Society [George Will On Why Palin Won't Win]

    02/18/2010 12:28:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 53 replies · 1,504+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2010
    Sarah Palin And The Mutual Loathing Society By George F. Will February 18, 2010 The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm. He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem. Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities. For example, he selected a running mate most Americans had never heard of and who had negligible experience pertinent to the presidency. This was 1964. Barry Goldwater, whose seat John McCain occupies, chose to run with Bill Miller, a congressman from Lockport, N.Y., near Buffalo. Miller, Goldwater cheerfully...
  • George Will: Sarah Palin and the mutual loathing society

    02/17/2010 8:27:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 331 replies · 4,076+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2010 | George F. Will
    The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm. He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem. Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities. For example, he selected a running mate most Americans had never heard of and who had negligible experience pertinent to the presidency. This was 1964. Barry Goldwater, whose seat John McCain occupies, chose to run with Bill Miller, a congressman from Lockport, N.Y., near Buffalo. Miller, Goldwater cheerfully explained, annoyed Lyndon Johnson. After the Goldwater-Miller ticket lost 44 states, Miller retired to...