The Bare Bodkin

Was George Will Wrong?

If Rush Limbaugh can pass for a conservative these days, it’s no marvel that George Will can, too.  Unlike Limbaugh, he at least reads books, especially Victorian ones.  (He even named his daughter Victoria.)  But he shares with Limbaugh an easygoing approach to defining conservatism, to the extent that a tabloid tramp such as Rudy Giuliani makes Will’s cut, while a far more principled man such as Rep. Ron Paul (one of the very few members of today’s Congress who could converse about something other than the weather with James Madison) is faintly risible—at best, “a useful anachronism.”  Yes, this of one of the few who opposed invading Iraq from the start.

But then, Will would probably speak condescendingly of the Sermon on the Mount, and, as one wag has quipped, he “could bring an air of pomposity to a nudist colony, with or without his bow tie.”  He has announced that the Tenth Amendment is “as dead as a doornail,” which may be true, although that is nothing to smirk about.  The U.S. Constitution is related to today’s U.S. government roughly as the Book of Revelation is related to the Unitarian Church, which is to say, rather tenuously; but, like the Devil citing Scripture, Will can use it when he wants to, as in hurling imprecations against McCain-Feingold limits on campaign spending.  First Amendment, you know.

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