21 January 2010

George Will Nails It Again

Often I observe the perspective of Mr. Will to be a bit too inside-the-beltway pragmatic for my tastes, or a waste of good ink by speculating on baseball. On some occasions though, his observations land like a well honed ax right in the middle of a well seasoned piece of hickory wood being split to use in a fire that will warm for hours.

Happily this piece falls in the latter category. To wit:

"..."We are on the precipice of an achievement that's eluded congresses and presidents for generations."

-- President Barack Obama, Dec. 15, on health care legislation.

Precipice, 1. a headlong fall or descent, esp. to a great depth.
-- Oxford English Dictionary..."


That's just the hook. You really must read the whole thing. Such an image; maobama tangled and hoisted in his on rhetorical petard. Will observes further.

"...By promising to cast the decisive 41st vote against the president's health care legislation, the Republican candidate forced all congressional Democrats to contemplate this: Not even frenzied national mobilization of Democratic manpower and millions of dollars could rescue one of the safest Democratic seats in the national legislature from national dismay about the incontinent government expansion, of which that legislation is symptomatic..."

The congressional Democrats I am watching GET this, which is an amusing contrast to the media Democrats, and the White House hacks who also get it; but DO NOT accept it. Which goes to another point Will makes in this piece.

"...The protracted health care debacle has highlighted this fact: Some liberals consider the legislation's unpopularity a reason to redouble their efforts to inflict it on Americans who, such liberals think, are too benighted to understand that their betters know best. The essence of contemporary liberalism is the illiberal conviction that Americans, in their comprehensive incompetence, need minute supervision by government, which liberals believe exists to spare citizens the torture of thinking and choosing..."

Paging Nancy Pelosi. Hello? Never mind she has already fallen over the aforementioned precipice.

Harry Reid; has anyone let you actually see the polling numbers for your re-election bid this fall? You know that pesky business wherein your superiors -the voters of the great state of Nevada- pass judgement on your conduct in the represenation of their fine state. You should Google Tom Foley+ 1994 sometime; or better yet, George Nethercutt + 1994.

And finally, "...With one piece of legislation, Obama and his congressional allies have done in one year what it took President Lyndon Johnson and his allies two years to do in 1965 and 1966 -- revive conservatism. Today conservatism is rising on the stepping stones of liberal excesses..."