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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Losing George Will

posted by on September 23 at 11:03 AM

In addition to losing the media, today the McCain campaign also loses conservative columnist George Will:

Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama.

Will’s theme: that McCain’s temperamentóhis unique combination of impulsiveness, score-settling, moralism, self-satisfaction, and a short fuseómake him a risky bet. The conclusion:

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?

I believe that’s what certain liberals call a slap-down.

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Fuck-I have to AGREE with George F Will-I feel creepy.

Posted by chk_it | September 23, 2008 11:10 AM

Some may call it a slap-down; I call it a Badass Bow-tie Bitch-slap Bonanza!

Posted by Joe M | September 23, 2008 11:33 AM

George Will is fucking awesome most of the time. He doesn't fail here.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 23, 2008 11:41 AM

I'm an undecided in the Presidential race. Will's opinion is definitely something I will consider.

Obama's tapping of Clinton economic expertise is a good sign, and if he can bring it all together with Biden's foreign policy expertise the economic mess up of the Republicans may just land him in the White House.

Posted by Douglas Tooley | September 23, 2008 11:45 AM

I've actually liked George Will since I got interested in politics...but it still feels odd to agree with him.

Posted by Leslie N. | September 23, 2008 11:56 AM

Will is a holdover from an era when I merely disagreed intellectually with conservatives, rather than fucking hating their guts. Ditto P.J. O'Rourke.

Posted by Big Sven | September 23, 2008 12:15 PM

George Will is a total dick, but that doesn't stop him from being right sometimes.

Posted by Greg | September 23, 2008 12:25 PM

McCain = old fart.

Posted by eliza | September 23, 2008 12:26 PM

@4 Doug, Doug, doug. How can you be undecided? Where is your email on your blog?

Posted by a voice from the past | September 23, 2008 12:34 PM

If you read the whole article, it looks to me as if George Will is giving Obama an unofficial endorsement.

He basically says Obama's key problem is lack of experience and McCain's is this volatile temprament. He concludes that experience can be gained while doing the job, but a crazy hothead can never change!


Posted by HL | September 23, 2008 12:44 PM

look at george will buying into obama's frame! obama said this race was about temperment & judgement. if conservatives like will are buying the frame, then its fucking over.

thus spracht lakoff.

Posted by max solomon | September 23, 2008 2:08 PM

"Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day."

Posted by snarky | September 23, 2008 2:23 PM

About every eight to 12 years, Will has a column that is just purely fucking awesome. His column about Buchanan speaking at the 1992 Republican National Convention was a classic ("I'm sure his speech sounded much better in the original German").

Posted by Geni | September 23, 2008 3:15 PM

The nastier McCainhole gets, the more I think America deserves the disaster coming it's way.

Posted by Vince | September 23, 2008 3:15 PM

@13 when you google that Buchanan ref., molly ivans comes up.

Posted by snarky | September 23, 2008 5:51 PM

@7 - didn't I say that on the original WaPo article comments?

Woah - deja vu!

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 23, 2008 11:58 PM

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