Boondoggle

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George Will sees the end

One of the weightiest voices in conservative thinking forecasts a perfect Wednesday morning headline:

“[R]epudiation of the Republican Party.”

Which is more disappointing -- the Nats or the Republicans?

Will is most incensed about the growing centrality of Sarah Palin — an “inveterate simplifier” who is “tailoring her narrative to her audience of third-graders” — to the Republican Party, but he is reacting to a broader phenomenon here.  Liberals generally enter a “gotcha!” trap whenever they insinuate that conservatives are less intellectual or are “dumbing down” the electorate.  But the point here is not that Sarah Palin is “dumb,” or that Republican voters are “dumb.”  It’s that, as another smart conservative, Chuck Hagel, puts it, “you don’t want to define down the standards in any institution, ever, in life.”  Not eating arugula is not a qualification for leading government.  And it’s certainly not enough to represent the future of one of America’s two political parties.

But why oh why can’t George Will join Colin Powell and just explicitly announce his formal abandonment the McCain-Palin ticket?  Instead, he concludes by voicing his opposition to campaign financing and…potato chips.

…$2.4 billion will have been spent on presidential campaigns in the two-year election cycle that began in January 2007, and an additional $2.9 billion will have been spent on 435 House and 35 Senate contests. This $5.3 billion is a billion less than Americans will spend this year on potato chips.

Clearly, the McCain campaign should have looked to Joe Potato Chips to solve its funding woes, then.

(Image from flickr user Scott Ableman under a Creative Commons license.)

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October 30, 2008 - Posted by | Conservatives, U.S. politics |

1 Comment »

  1. […] of down-at-home populist conservatism (except for, um, Kathleen Parker, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, George Will…). The piece ends with a mention, naturally, of Jeremiah Wright and…Sarah Palin, then […]

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