George Will: Be of good cheer, conservatives

posted at 1:30 pm on January 1, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Columnist George Will is starting off 2012 on a positive note… at least in most areas. For his premiere column in this election year, Will doesn’t sound very enthusiastic about the prospects of defeating Barack Obama in November, but he still feels that conservatism in general is on the upswing and we should be looking forward to a banner year.

Although they have become prone to apocalyptic forebodings about the fragility of the nation’s institutions and traditions under the current President, conservatives should stride confidently into 2012. This is not because they are certain, or even likely, to defeat Barack Obama this year. Rather, it is because, if they emancipate themselves from their unconservative fixation on the presidency, they will see events unfolding in their favour. And when Congress is controlled by one party, as it might be a year from now, it can stymie an overreaching executive.

One of the first items on Will’s list of positive conservative indicators is a story which we covered here earlier this month. It’s the not very widely covered fact that America became a net petroleum exporter again in 2011 for the first time in more than half a century. Good news to be sure, but why does George Will see this as particularly beneficial to conservatism? Because progressivism, he claims, relies on scarcity as a means to allow government to control behavior.

For the foreseeable future, a spectre is haunting progressivism, the spectre of abundance. Because progressivism exists to justify a few people bossing around most people, and because progressives believe that only government’s energy should flow unimpeded, they crave energy scarcities as an excuse for rationing — by them — that produces ever-more-minute government supervision of Americans’ behaviour.

Energy issues aside, the author also sees plenty of room for optimism regarding the November elections even if Obama wins a second term, and the Senate is the key. By taking the majority there, the GOP’s stamp of approval would be required for any future appointments to agencies such as the NLRB, the EPA and the energy department. These entities, which Will refers to as unconstrained instruments of presidential decrees, will lose much of their power to do mischief through what amounts to extra-legislative lawmaking.

This is a double edged sword, of course, and continues an unpleasant precedent. In theory, the president makes these appointments as part of his mandate as expressed by voters selecting him for office. Using the legislative branch to thwart these types of appointments at every turn has always struck me as somewhat dirty pool, but the practice has been in place by both parties for a while now, so there’s not much to be done about it.

In that light, George Will may be correct when he closes by saying that, in the end, control of the White House may not wind up meaning very much if conservatives control both chambers of Congress. With that, this parting observation:

In any case, nothing that happens this November will bring an apocalypse. America had 43 presidencies before the current one and will have many more than that after the end of this one in 2013 or 2017. Decades hence, it will look like most others, a pebble in the river of American history.

And on that cheerful note, enjoy your New Years Day, folks.


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In any case, nothing that happens this November will bring an apocalypse. America had 43 presidencies before the current one and will have many more than that after the end of this one in 2013 or 2017. Decades hence, it will look like most others, a pebble in the river of American history.

Sorry but if Will can’t see the danger we are in he is a lost cause. America will continue no matter what but so did the Roman empire for about 100 more years after the initial troubles.

arnold ziffel on January 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Will writes exactly what Rush Limbaugh called the Republican establishment goals for November. Win the senate, but lose the presidency gracefully by appealing to moderates and making conservatives hold their nose.

Waiting for hopey changey nonsense from Romneybots….

WhatNot on January 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I don’t know why conservatives listen to this guy, he wasn’t a fan of Reagan and is a fan of Cristie

KBird on January 1, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Just a reminder that conservative leaders drafted Perry; he wasn’t ready, and was recovering from surgery. Perry has now recovered and is proving to be the excellent retail campaigner he was reputed to be. It’s time to put the “stupid” and “can’t debate” labels aside and realize he’s the best alternative to Romney of those we have to choose from, and after all, that’s what this is really all about.

nancysabet on January 1, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Personally, I’ve been very optimistic since the 2010 election. If the voting public can hand the GOP a historic landslide despite every single MSM outlet constantly calling those same voters, “Teabaggers” “Terrorists” “Hostage-takers” “Racists” and every other crude and divisive insult that they can think of, We are in damn fine shape as a society. As Partisan media goes the way of the buggy-whip crafters, we no longer need to fear their “power to shape the message” anymore.

Liberalism is dead as a mainstream political movement, they just don’t know it yet. Barrack Obama killed their dreams of a socialist utopia faster than Reagan managed to.

Mord on January 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Stick to the baseball writing, George.

Del Dolemonte on January 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Does anyone even listen that idiot Will’s? All 10 of his readers live in Group Homes and require someone to read them Will’s rants. Hell, that moron works for the Lame Stream/State Run media. Who cares what he has to say? When the Obumbler is booted it’s people like Will’s who will be in shock and dress in all black to show they’re in mourning….Putz!!

Tbone McGraw on January 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

And when Congress is controlled by one party, as it might be a year from now, it can stymie an overreaching executive.

Perhaps Mr. Will missed Obama’s declaration that he no longer needs congress to get his agenda passed.

2012 will be the year of the Executive Order.

lib-or-tea on January 1, 2012 at 1:49 PM

In that light, George Will may be correct when he closes by saying that, in the end, control of the White House may not wind up meaning very much if conservatives control both chambers of Congress.

Yes, because look at how much spine the GOP has shown since returning to marginal power. Pres. Obama doesn’t respect the GOP leadership, and considering how weak the leadership is, I don’t blame him. The White House is the key, Congress is trivial by comparison.

King B on January 1, 2012 at 1:49 PM

arnold ziffel on January 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I agree. The problem is that too many people see this election as just another cycle..just like all the rest. And if people don’t like what happens just kill some time and wait for the next cycle..ho hum. whats for lunch?

Mimzey on January 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I don’t listen to George Will…

OmahaConservative on January 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I don’t know why conservatives listen to this guy, he wasn’t a fan of Reagan and is a fan of Cristie

KBird on January 1, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Maybe he just like executives who actually cut spending and limit the size of the government.

joana on January 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Bullcrap! America has NEVER had a non-american usurper communist president, that is a huge difference. If the usurper is selected again, the USA is done! Wake up!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Sun on January 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

By taking the majority there, the GOP’s stamp of approval would be required for any future appointments to agencies such as the NLRB, the EPA and the energy department. These entities, which Will refers to as unconstrained instruments of presidential decrees, will lose much of their power to do mischief through what amounts to extra-legislative lawmaking.

Not likely. The members of Congress approved these agencies so they could abdicate their responsibilities. They like the rules that keep the administrative state growing but don’t want to be held responsible by the electorate for them.

chemman on January 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I agree. Losing with Mitt and taking the Senate, is probably the best outcome. Mitt wouldnt do anything needed to be done. His tax plan sounds like a democrat.

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

And on that cheerful note, enjoy your New Years Day, folks.

And the same to you, thanks for your hard work.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM

This is George Will as part of the Republican Establishment propaganda machine, trying to anesthetize conservatives so that they will be calm about Romney as their nominee. No reason, folks, to be concerned about additional Obama supreme court nominees: They will not really destroy everything we once knew and loved about our once-great country. Nothing to be concerned about here, just move along.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 1, 2012 at 1:58 PM

There’s one problem with this theory: he assumes that there’s such a thing as the “rule of law”. As the past four years have shown, if the Republicans block any of his plans, he will happily do them anyway and use the courts as a permission slip. If Congress overrides a veto, the courts will happily call it “unconstitutional”, which will tie it up for however long is necessary.

Darin on January 1, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Like Sisyphus, George has his job to do for the GOP insiders. What George doesn’t get is that the Republican party is part of the problem, not necessarily part of the solution.

Fallon on January 1, 2012 at 1:58 PM

George Will, Dud Mataconis, Jazz Show.

We are in big trouble folks if this is our “A” team.

Eph on January 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

As long as they keep arresting idiot OWSers like this, I’m good. For now.

bloggless on January 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Bullcrap! America has NEVER had a non-american usurper communist president, that is a huge difference. If the usurper is selected again, the USA is done! Wake up!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Sun on January 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Usurper? Fail. American idiots elected the freak.

yubley on January 1, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Why should Conservatives listen to GeEorge Will? Moderates, maybe. By the way, George, I’m wearing blue jeans as I type this. Pfffft.

kingsjester on January 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Will writes exactly what Rush Limbaugh called the Republican establishment goals for November. Win the senate, but lose the presidency gracefully by appealing to moderates and making conservatives hold their nose.

Waiting for hopey changey nonsense from Romneybots….

WhatNot on January 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Limbaugh got a forcible cure from that sort of (R) cheerleading himself after the Palin debacle and the establishment’s attempts to blow off/buy off the Tea Party.

Will’s another Potomac Fever Beltway idiot whistling past the graveyard of the American Dream.

ebrown2 on January 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM

“Sure I helped push Romney on you, and I said he would be a good president. I lied. He’s not even going to be President; I just supported him because he has a moderately lower chance of losing than other Republicans. Why do I think a President whose recent spike in approval ratings brought him to 47% is a shoe-in to be elected? Why do I think it’s vital to nominate the candidate most like that President? I dunno; it’s a Romney-supporter thing.”

“Anyway, Obama will only be in office for four more years. So really, in the long run, the only permanent damage will be Obamacare and $12 trillion added to the deficit over 8 years. There’s a good chance that the financial system won’t collapse because US Treasuries are still better than the alternatives. That’s what Paul Krugman told me. He’s smart like Mitt Romney.”

HitNRun on January 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM

It all comes down to one question:

Do you want to be Socialist?

Key West Reader on January 1, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Call me crazy, but I thought 2012 was about repealing Obamacare.

Pablo Snooze on January 1, 2012 at 2:19 PM

If George Will were unemployed, perhaps he’d have a different perspective.

SlaveDog on January 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

“Anyway, Obama will only be in office for four more years. So really, in the long run, the only permanent damage will be Obamacare and $12 trillion added to the deficit over 8 years. There’s a good chance that the financial system won’t collapse because US Treasuries are still better than the alternatives. That’s what Paul Krugman told me. He’s smart like Mitt Romney.”

HitNRun on January 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM

My God, what a vicious insult to Krugman! Granted, the man is a vicious and deceptive little partisan weasel with less integrity than a used-car salesman, but what did he ever do to you?

ebrown2 on January 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

George just wants to make sure he continues to be invited to all the DC cocktail parties.

“If you’re afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again.”
Ronald Reagan

Green eyed Lady on January 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

George has been better on baseball than on politics….for years now!

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Call me crazy, but I thought 2012 was about repealing Obamacare.

Pablo Snooze on January 1, 2012 at 2:19 PM

You crazy, evil Tea Party militia freak, you! We can’t change the status quo!

Romney 2012, because even thinking about going towards limited government is evil!

ebrown2 on January 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

George has been better on baseball than on politics….for years now!

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I’ll make the obvious (not really a) joke, he thinks that America having the success rate of the Chicago Cubs is a GOOD thing.

ebrown2 on January 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM

F off George Will.

lm10001 on January 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

2012

America will be socialist

Or not.

Key West Reader on January 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I agree that George Will is a dolt. But if you think he has no sway, you’re wrong. He has major sway over the establishment GOP power brokers. I know this for a fact. So pooh pooh him all you want, but he’s not writing these columns for your approval.

SuperBunny on January 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

George Will I Am?

Kini on January 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Will doesn’t sound very enthusiastic about the prospects of defeating Barack Obama in November, but he still feels that conservatism in general is on the upswing and we should be looking forward to a banner year.

..F**King Eeyore!

/rant

Well, this old drooler can pound sand, as far as I am concerned. 2012 is ALL ABOUT EJECTING THAT DESSICATED DOG TURD from the people’s house. I mean, Will and the other fit-of-the-vapors pant-crease-swooners foisted this charlatan on us. For the duration, we have withstood three years of incompetence, misery, and the like. and he tries to cheer us up.

I got you good cheer right here.

*grabs crotch*

My regard for him and those of his ilk is somewhere between syphilis bacteria and the crust that forms on the urinals in the mens’ room at the Sacramento Greyhound bus terminal.

Stick it where the sun doesn’t shine, Georgie-boy.

/rant off

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

This is a double edged sword, of course, and continues an unpleasant precedent. In theory, the president makes these appointments as part of his mandate as expressed by voters selecting him for office. Using the legislative branch to thwart these types of appointments at every turn has always struck me as somewhat dirty pool, but the practice has been in place by both parties for a while now, so there’s not much to be done about it.

Jazz, I believe that what you describe is part of the checks and balances built into our system. It is not a negative.

We currently have an out-of-control, power-mad president who has circumvented the legislature in costly ways, imposing fiats via executive agencies and unelected czars in his shadow government.

Getting Obama out of office is imperative. Regardless of the makeup of the House and Senate, Obama has already demonstrated that he disregards any limits set by the legislature. He even disregards court decisions. A case in point is his administration’s disregard re the Gulf drilling moratoriums.

onlineanalyst on January 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

So pooh pooh him all you want, but he’s not writing these columns for your approval.

SuperBunny on January 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

..ask me if I give a purple sh!t. Or, as they derisively say in the House of Commons’ Questions for the PM, “I refer the right honourable gentleman to the remarks I made some moments ago.”

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I agree that George Will is a dolt. But if you think he has no sway, you’re wrong. He has major sway over the establishment GOP power brokers. I know this for a fact. So pooh pooh him all you want, but he’s not writing these columns for your approval.

SuperBunny on January 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

…unless and until enough readers complain about his presence at various websites and newspapers to make him toxic to his syndicator.

/PipeDream

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Georgie-Porgie, puddin’head guy,
Won’t shut up and say goodbye.
When the adults come out to play,
Georgie-Porgie runs away!

MelonCollie on January 1, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Stick it where the sun doesn’t shine, Georgie-boy.

/rant off

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

There you go “sugar coatin’” again!

Tim Zank on January 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Awww cheer up.
Four more years of Obama won’t be so bad.

NeoKong on January 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I’m watching the Twilight Zone Marathon, so forgive the reference:

George Will is the obsolete man-and frankly most of the GOP leadership are too.

These people live in little dream worlds while they ignore the cold hard facts:

1. Conservatives have an abject hatred for BS artists, who will say anything to get elected
2. They hate politicians wiener’s with no guts and no fight (may be Conservatives or RINO)
3. They have had it with RINOs and will not support them even against obama

Get the hint Will, lead us, follow us, or get out of the way.

M_J_S on January 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

If the GOP candidate (Romney) loses to Obama, then I think the GOP will fracture forever and a Conservative Party will be formed.

ddrintn on January 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I agree that George Will is a dolt. But if you think he has no sway, you’re wrong. He has major sway over the establishment GOP power brokers. I know this for a fact. So pooh pooh him all you want, but he’s not writing these columns for your approval.

SuperBunny on January 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

True. And that is why Obama invited George Will as one of the token “conservative” pundits to the WH for a cocktail party very early on after the inauguration. It’s too bad that Will can be so easily manipulated, for he has a keen mind otherwise.

onlineanalyst on January 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

2. before it turns into a another controversy:

“They hate politicians being wiener’s with no guts and no fight…

M_J_S on January 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Actually, POTUS matters a great deal. It’s not just the Congress, because only POTUS gets to make SCOTUS picks.

Duh.

Stoic Patriot on January 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM

If the GOP candidate (Romney) loses to Obama, then I think the GOP will fracture forever and a Conservative Party will be formed.

ddrintn on January 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

You are correct. For me, it is enough for me to get on the Conservative Party for Romney even being nominated.

M_J_S on January 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Sorry. But with something like this happening I have no faith. If its been posted before, sorry I have been watching football.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/286854/obama-recruits-qaradawi-andrew-c-mccarthy#comment-432472

“The surrender is complete now. The Hindu reports that the Obama administration has turned to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s leading jurist, to mediate secret negotiations between the United States and the Taliban.”

FLconservative on January 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Will writes exactly what Rush Limbaugh called the Republican establishment goals for November. Win the senate, but lose the presidency gracefully by appealing to moderates and making conservatives hold their nose.

WhatNot on January 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I think that’s right on target.

ddrintn on January 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Actually, POTUS matters a great deal. It’s not just the Congress, because only POTUS gets to make SCOTUS picks.

Duh.

Stoic Patriot on January 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Yes, so don’t be part of the problem and nominate a douche-bag named Romney-HE WILL LOSE.

I will stay home for Mitt, so will millions more.

M_J_S on January 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

George Will just wants find an honorable way to lose. Again.

SlaveDog on January 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Will is just another RINO, a contributor to the problems.

bgibbs1000 on January 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

My regard for him and those of his ilk is somewhere between syphilis bacteria and the crust that forms on the urinals in the mens’ room at the Sacramento Greyhound bus terminal.

Stick it where the sun doesn’t shine, Georgie-boy.

/rant off

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

That sounds very Dennis Miller-esque. If this is what you think about George Will, I’d love to hear you rant about Obama.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Pardon the redundancy,ut to repeat my comment to the Headline thread:

In any case, nothing that happens this November will bring an apocalypse. America had 43 presidencies before the current one and will have many more than that after the end of this one in 2013 or 2017. Decades hence, it will look like most others, a pebble in the river of U.S. history.

Two words for George: Supreme Court.

Even if the Republicans control the Senate after 2012, it will take only a handful of Senators like Dick Lugar to permit Obama to stack the Court with leftist liberal activist justices. We have already seen that enough of those types with vote to confirm the most odious nd incompetent nominees and they delusionally dream that Democrats will someday return to showing deference to Presidential choices, a practice they ended long ago with the Borking. Given the proclivity of those activist types for ignoring precedent and legislating from the bench, the damage will undoubtedly be massive and long-lasting. Far from a pebbles, they will be boulders which will alter the course of the river of history, and not for the better.

Obama must be defeated. And we must not only re-take the Senate, but the RINO enablers must be swept with him into the dustbin of history.

****

PS – OT

Just how #*&&%#a! hard would it be to import comments when a headline item is repeated in the blog stories?

novaculus on January 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

It’s too bad that Will can be so easily manipulated, for he has a keen mind otherwise.

onlineanalyst on January 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

He has a keen mind, but like a lot of pundits he’s been in a bubble for decades.

ddrintn on January 1, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Things are looking up, whether you believe it or not

Not if this tweet S.E. Cupp sent a few minutes ago is true.

I’m told Trump just registered in Texas, third party. More to come.

I’m hoping S.E. celebrated a little too much last night, is still feeling the effects, and confused New Year’s Day with April Fool’s Day.

Flora Duh on January 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM

If the Republicans increase in the House and take the Senate and win the Presidency, they could:
-Eliminate any agency or Cabinet post
-Pass a balanced budget amendment
-Rescind all of Obama’s executive orders
-Repeal ObamaCare (SCT will uphold in – Scalia and Kennedy will defect)
-End all funding of projects or services not consistent with conservative principles
-Secure the border – with troops if necessary.

But they won’t.

Even now, they could tie up funding for all of Obama’s czars.

But they won’t.

I’ve never cared much for Gore Vidal, but he did get one thing right – “Democrat and Republican parties are merely two wings of the same party.”

Horace on January 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Not if this tweet S.E. Cupp sent a few minutes ago is true.

I’m told Trump just registered in Texas, third party. More to come.

I’m hoping S.E. celebrated a little too much last night, is still feeling the effects, and confused New Year’s Day with April Fool’s Day.

Flora Duh on January 1, 2012 at 2:44 PM

If that happens, nominee Romney’s politically a dead man walking. So is the GOP, collectively.

ddrintn on January 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Yesterday I took issue with a writer’s pathetic attempt to suggest Mitt Romney is the second coming of Ronald Reagan. Our friend Mr. L also takes offense at this idiotic comparison…and the Republican establishment for trying to make it. Mr. L also notes that a Romney nomination guarantees another four years of Obama since, as I’ve said repeatedly, it effectively eliminates ObamaCare as an issue to use against Obama in 2012. In short, a Romney nomination means we’ll be stuck with ObamaCare forever. Way to go, GOP. Can you say unilateral disarmament? Of course that’s not the only reason the nomination of Multiple Choice Mitt will be an unmitigated disaster for conservatives, but it’s a big reason.

Lots of good stuff here from Mr. L. Enjoy:

http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/01/mr-l-on-gop-attempts-to-trash-ronald-reagans-legacy-by-comparing-him-to-romney.html

Green eyed Lady on January 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

The ground has shifted under your feet, Mr Will, and you haven’t even noticed.

Conservatism *will* win this fall, and we *will* give 0bama his walking papers. And Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s following will be all the sweeter for this season having been so sparse.

You all have forgotten something: Sarah Palin plans to endorse after Iowa. In all likelihood, she will use her endorsement to unite conservatives behind a non-Romney candidate, and then you will see the full power of this armed and operational battle station. When we cease to be pulled in different directions, conservatives will unite, and we will roll over 0bama and all of his works like a Juggernaut.

If you heard it here first, you are a fool. This is as plain as the nose on your face.

Sekhmet on January 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

chemman on January 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I second that.
Obama will issue his imperial decrees and dare congress to do anything about it.

Skandia Recluse on January 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Once again, this is for you, Kataklysmic, if you should be reading:

The GOP has its plans already worked out. Very clever ones, too. The Republicans will do what they always do when they’re up against it: grab an empty suit and run around shaking it in people’s faces while shouting, “Here’s the man!” By 2012, after his policies really hit home, as gas and home fuel prices triple and quadruple, as medical rationing begins, as the renewed Axis of Evil runs wild across Eurasia, Obama will be ready to drop. At that point he could be defeated by a ticket consisting of Charley Manson and Jojo the Dogface Boy. But the GOP will blow it all the same. Exactly as the party did in ’96, following the same script to the letter. They will, to coin a phrase, Mitt it up.

ddrintn on January 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Liberalism is dead as a mainstream political movement, they just don’t know it yet. Barrack Obama killed their dreams of a socialist utopia faster than Reagan managed to.

Mord on January 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Remember that after the 2008 elections liberals declared conservatism to be dead.

Liberalism is certainly not dead – it is a malignant cancer. It may go into remission for a time, but it will never die.

climbnjump on January 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I agree that George Will is a dolt. But if you think he has no sway, you’re wrong. He has major sway over the establishment GOP power brokers. I know this for a fact. So pooh pooh him all you want, but he’s not writing these columns for your approval.

SuperBunny on January 1, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Sounds to me Will is on kneepads servicing the GOP establishment, not “swaying” them.

These guys all suffer from the DC beltway bubble group think. They all must be defeated.

Vote Rogue.

karenhasfreedom on January 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Remember that after the 2008 elections liberals declared conservatism to be dead.

Liberalism is certainly not dead – it is a malignant cancer. It may go into remission for a time, but it will never die.

climbnjump on January 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

As long as they control the media complex (not to mention academia), and as long as conservatives are sufficiently cowed into trying to please that media complex in the illusory hope that one day they’ll get a fair shake from the media, liberalism is always going to flourish.

ddrintn on January 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Way to kick off the new year George, by giving up on the Presidential election before even the first primary is held.

The election is just over 10 months away. By that time, children will be born who, at this time, have not been concieved. We have a lot of work to do through next fall. If we give up now, we’ll just condition ourselves all the more to give up and lose, and those children will know nothing but misery.

86 on January 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

its all about supreme court nominations… gotta win the senate or pres or both. take no prisoners 2012… the 2010 shellacking was good, but a warm up for the 2012 Red Tsunami.

maineconservative on January 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

We have to win the White House back (period).

There is a lot a President can do to limit, reduce, keep at bay Obamacare.

To me..I don’t care who wins the GOP Primary. My vote will be primarily about getting rid of Obamacare.

I can live without the GOP taking over the Senate. Cause chances are we won’t have a filibuster proof majority there anyhow.

But losing the Presidency means American is stick permanently with Obamacare and all the tax hikes attributed to it and the Healthcare Mandate and the slash to the Health Care Savings Account $ that can be deposited per year and etc.

Presidency or bust!

Varchild on January 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Walker 2016.

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

That sounds very Dennis Miller-esque. If this is what you think about George Will, I’d love to hear you rant about Obama.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

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The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Walker 2016.

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I have a prediction. As soon as Romney loses, the establishment goes into overdrive pimping Rubio. Watch.

ddrintn on January 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

George Will is not a Conservative.

George Will is an inside-the-beltway, Republican establishment elitist.

moochy on January 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

In theory, the president makes these appointments as part of his mandate as expressed by voters selecting him for office. Using the legislative branch to thwart these types of appointments at every turn has always struck me as somewhat dirty pool, but the practice has been in place by both parties for a while now, so there’s not much to be done about it.

I don’t know what Senate JS has been watching, but in the Senate I have been watching a cadre of RINO fools led by Dick Lugar have repeatedly voted to confirm a string of incompetents and radical leftist activist nominees of Democrat presidents to executive branch positions and the federal bench. This idiocy they do despite the absolute stonewalling by Democrat senators of Republican presidential nominees, and in Lugar’s delusional case, specifically citing deference to presidential prerogative that the Democrats have long since abandoned. I would happily return to the days of deferring to presidential prerogative if only there were some way to assure Democrats would defer also. In the current situation, deferring is idiotic and amounts to political malpractice.

As for agreeing with Will’s Pollyanna prophesies, see my comment above regarding the Supreme Court. Unless we get rid of the RINOs in the Senate, an Obama second term will be absolutely disastrous, and we will never recover from some of the damage he will do, particularly with Supreme Court appointments.

novaculus on January 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Sarah Palin plans to endorse after Iowa

How do you know Sek? did she say? Why not before.

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I have a prediction. As soon as Romney loses, the establishment goes into overdrive pimping Rubio. Watch.

That or Jeb. I dont trust Rubio yet. There is such a drumbeat for him when he hasnt done anything.

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

..also, there’s more here and here and, concerning his lovely, stevedore-armed WIDE LOAD, grasping, tone deaf FLOTUS, there’s this!

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Couldn’t have said it any better myself, Friend. ;)

/Happy2012

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Remember that after the 2008 elections liberals declared conservatism to be dead.

Liberalism is certainly not dead – it is a malignant cancer. It may go into remission for a time, but it will never die.

climbnjump on January 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Then again, note how most liberals under the age of 40 are also under the age of 25. Professor Hippy McDippy is not immortal, and he will have to retire sooner or later. And those youngsters eventually have to get a real job in the real world–especially if the academic bubble pops. Tyranny will of course find another seductive form, but this one is not aging well.

Some 66-year-old ponybald liberal studio head or influential professor, should a conservative win this year, would be 70 if said conservative gets one term and 74 if two terms. He was just 54 in 2000 when Bush won. He was 34 and on the track to head the studio when Reagan won in 1980 and 38 for the 1984 campaign. He’s not likely to make it long enough to run a successful media/academic campaign to knock out the 2012 winner in 2016 or 2020.

Sekhmet on January 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

How do you know Sek? did she say? Why not before.

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I believe she said before she planned to wait until after Iowa to endorse. And I bet she is going to use her endorsement to unite conservatives behind one candidate.

Sekhmet on January 1, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Will writes exactly what Rush Limbaugh called the Republican establishment goals for November. Win the senate, but lose the presidency gracefully by appealing to moderates and making conservatives hold their nose.

WhatNot on January 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I think that’s right on target.

ddrintn on January 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Just based on my observations, it seems to me that the Beltway “Lose to Obama Plan” has been in place since at least July or August.

Meanwhile George Will stands at the railing on the Titanic, humming along with the orchestra and repeating his mantra “We do have the lifeboats after all, no worries”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

/Happy2012

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:11 PM

..same to you, fella!

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I believe she said before she planned to wait until after Iowa to endorse. And I bet she is going to use her endorsement to unite conservatives behind one candidate.

Sekhmet on January 1, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I feel she is the only one who can change it. I pray she endorses so I can vote next year.

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

After reading this nonsense, can anyone still wonder why America is where we presently are–free falling into a Marxist Society. Our choices are between Marxist Democrats and Liberal at best Republicans; and Will thinks that’s just peachy and time to cheer.

aposematic on January 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

It amazes me how this far out people write stupid stuff like this.

People in America are “Mad as Hell” they will not take it anymore and they know full well that despite Obama’s lies the Democrats are still in charge. Furthermore they agree with the Tea Party demands for smaller Government Obama wants far bigger Government and they know it. He will lose. Thus why Reid and Nancy are quitting. To say elsewise is pure stupidity or Propaganda.

Wait and you will see come closer to the election.

Trump is and always was a Democrat he must be outed as such as he may well run.

Steveangell on January 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Flapjack,

Here’s the article talking about Palin holding out until after Iowa

Sekhmet on January 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Although they have become prone to apocalyptic forebodings about the fragility of the nation’s institutions and traditions under the current President, conservatives

What do you mean “they,” white ma…”

Oh wait. Nevermind. I guess it’s finally official; absolutely EVERYONE agrees that conservatives should never pay attention to anything George Will says.

logis on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Just based on my observations, it seems to me that the Beltway “Lose to Obama Plan” has been in place since at least July or August.

Meanwhile George Will stands at the railing on the Titanic, humming along with the orchestra and repeating his mantra “We do have the lifeboats after all, no worries”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Yes but we need not play their Progressive game. Thus why it is imperative that Romney not win the nomination. Gingrich must be the best candidate for us. After all he is most hated by the left remember how he was forced out of the House. He only got 35k working for Freddie not the Romney Lied amount of 1.6 Mil. Now marrying a student your taught probably started dating when she was 16 is horrible and it does not get better for him on that one. But he is still the best Candidate. Perry says we are all heartless (no He is – steal my money for an illegal adult – not child – to get a degree for a job he can not legally have – really now). Bachman has no Statewide experience Santourm was porking it up so much he lost by 18 points when he last run. True that was in 2008 but still. He still loves Pork and justifies it. Better for a congressman to choose and possibly get rich by that decision in his opinion.

Steveangell on January 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

One other thing to remember there will not be the Winner take All rules that let McInsane will in 08. So this could last a while remember how long it took Obama to finally win dirty.

Steveangell on January 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

In any case, nothing that happens this November will bring an apocalypse. America had 43 presidencies before the current one and will have many more than that after the end of this one in 2013 or 2017. Decades hence, it will look like most others, a pebble in the river of American history.

And Rome had been around a long time before it finally fell too.

I reminds me of something I read years ago about the mood and attitude in Johnstown PA before the Johnstown flood. There were people who constantly tried to warn the town and do something about the weakness of the dam. There were others who did nothing and joked “That Dam’s been there for ever blah blah blah.” In fact, during floods, there were always some people who would take their families to the hills along the town, only to be mocked by others who stayed in town. It was even a common joke to walk into a store or house during a flood and shout “The Dam’s Broke.. run for the hills!”

Then one day the Dam actually broke.

2012 is it. It’s not going to matter if we get congress and Obama stays President. George Will is telling us all to stay asleep. Things aren’t all that bad. Yes they are.
A GOP congress is not going to have the courage to fight a re-elected Obama. We need a Republican President. We need revival and we need to roll back at least 30 years of Democrat RINO regulations and controls on our freedoms.

JellyToast on January 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

He set out to destroy Sarah. He is a worthless member of the GOP establishment that we’ve been following like fools. Just part of the ruling class who will say whatever keeps them in power -and to heck with conservative thought and the constitution -words only -not the kind of guy I want my my foxhole.

Don L on January 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM

its all about supreme court nominations… gotta win the senate or pres or both. take no prisoners 2012… the 2010 shellacking was good, but a warm up for the 2012 Red Tsunami.

maineconservative on January 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

And that is something most people don’t seem to understand. Judicial appointments last far longer than the administrations that appoint them. And it isn’t just the Supreme Court. There are literally hundreds of judicial appointments that are made by presidents.

Even if we do take back the Senate it doesn’t mean that the Repubs will have the balls to block bad appointments except in extreme cases. Many Repugs supported Kagan and Sotomayor not to mention supporting Holder’s appointment to head the Department of Injustice.

climbnjump on January 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Both the dems amd the reps are doing a fantastic job of turning our country from a representative republic into a marxist state.

bgibbs1000 on January 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM

WOW! Establishment mantra in that last quote in the main article.

MrX on January 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM

So it’s finally out in the open – RINO’s have given up on the idea of beating President Zero, believing that we will be OK if we just take the Senate. Sorry, but I believe conservatives will sweep all three branches of Government next November.

BBReggie on January 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

So it’s finally out in the open – RINO’s have given up on the idea of beating President Zero, believing that we will be OK if we just take the Senate. Sorry, but I believe conservatives will sweep all three branches of Government next November.

BBReggie on January 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

How is that possible if Romney is the nominee and wins against Obama?

bgibbs1000 on January 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

With a Cry Baby wimp like Boehner and a spineless Jellyfish like McConnel in charge, I don’t see how conservatism would be advanced at all. In fact, they would be such bumbling idiots, they would be out foxed by Harry Reid, and Pelosi and would be blamed for all the failures that would occur under their leaderles-ship. There’s no need to get excited about anything the Pubs will do as long as the establishment is in charge. On a side note, if Romney is the candidate, so many conservatives will stay home, there will be no pick up of House or Senate seats. The dems do not want a conservative candidate. They know they may win the WH but would lose the House and Senate because the base would be so energized, they would turn out in record numbers.

they lie on January 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM

its all about supreme court nominations… gotta win the senate or pres or both.

maineconservative on January 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Both. AND the Senate needs to make sure that when they set up the rules for that session of Congress, they need to put it in the rules that judicial nominations cannot be filibustered.

ITguy on January 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM

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