Thursday, September 06, 2007

Go get 'em, George Will!

I am no fan of bowtie wearing George Will, he's often too conservative for my tastes and he can be very, very anal retentive about some things, like proper grammar for instance. I thought he was off base when he blasted Jim Webb for displaying the testicular fortitude to make it known to Bush, in person, that he has no desire to suck up to him and firmly requesting that Dubya bring the troops home.

Nonetheless, there are times that I do strongly agree with him, and one example of this is his recent article in Newsweek, where he detailed some examples of indecency, lack of respect and integrity to be found these days, particularly among certain folks in the GOP.

Some excerpts:
"he presidential candidate he supported quickly pounced, issuing a statement devoid of human sympathy. Craig, said Mitt Romney, seizing yet another opportunity to stroke social conservatives, "reminds us of Mark Foley and Bill Clinton" and, "frankly, it's disgusting."

"If Romney fails to translate his intelligence and accomplishments into the Republican nomination, one reason will be the suspicion that there is something synthetic and excessively calculating about every move in his increasingly embarrassing courtship of those who are called "values voters." If they can be courted that way, their values need a tuneup."

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"speaking of the tone-deaf, Alberto Gonzales could not even leave high office without advertising his unfitness for it. As he habitually has done, he reminded the nation that he has "lived the American Dream," which he evidently thinks is epitomized by his success in attaching himself to a politician not known for demanding quality in assistants. Gonzales then demonstrated how uncomprehending he is of essential American values. He said: "Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father's best days."

"Well. His father married and had eight children—nine wonderful days, days even better, one would have thought, than any of the days his son spent floundering at the Justice Department. Furthermore, Gonzales's father had the fulfillment of a lifetime spent providing for his family. But what is any of that, Gonzales implies, compared with the satisfaction of occupying, however unsatisfactorily, a high office? This implicit disparagement of his father's life of responsibility and self-sufficiency turns conservatism inside out. It is going to take conservatism a while to recuperate from becoming associated with such people."

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