Does it hurt to be George Will?
Well, I already regret my promise to Bil Browning that I would never post about George Will on Bilerico anymore, but I didn’t say I wouldn’t diary about George Will here at the Blend.
George Will’s column today is about economics or something. It’s rather incoherent, but he seems to be saying that incapacitated elderly people in California should eat catfood so that he doesn’t have to pay more taxes. Anyway, here’s his opening paragraph:
Anyone, said T.S. Eliot, could carve a goose, were it not for the bones. And anyone could govern as boldly as his whims decreed, were it not for the skeletal structure that keeps civil society civil — the rule of law. The Obama administration is bold. It also is careless regarding constitutional values and is acquiring a tincture of lawlessness.
“Rule of law”? Seriously? Here’s George Will just two weeks ago:
On the other hand, four things are clear. First, torture is illegal. Second, if an enemy used some of the “enhanced interrogation” techniques against any American, most Americans would call that torture. Third, that does not mean that the memos defending the legality of those techniques were indefensible, let alone criminal, because: Fourth, the president might be mistaken in saying that there is no difficult choice because coercive interrogation techniques are ineffective.
Let’s see, George Will thinks it’s an egregious violation of the Constitution for the federal government to offer states money in exchange for minor policy actions. He calls that “lawlessness.” But then, after acknowledging that torture is illegal and that if any country did to Americans what the Bush administration did to over a thousand people is in fact “torture,” he says that there shouldn’t be any prosecutions because, well, what if torture works?
I’m not going to write more about his views on torture; I’ve already blogged extensively about them. But I’m wondering if the dissonance hurts in George Will’s brain.
Although it’s not really so incoherent if you think that his main point in both these columns is to benefit the rich at the expense of the poor.