June 6th, 2008

I Never Thought I'd Say This. . .

. . . but George Will has been making more and more sense to me, even though I am deeply disturbed by the fact that he seems not to have aged one bit since he came to speak to my school when I was in the seventh grade. This transcript of his appearance on Fox's Hannity & Colmes makes him seem way more sensible than most conservative commentators:
HANNITY: Yes. He — we were talking with Dick Morris earlier about the issue of vice president.

Hillary has her surrogates out there working behind the scenes and starting these petitions and putting pressure. She is saying it's Barack Obama's choice. Dick's take is she really wants that position pretty badly. I think I agree with him.

Do you think it would be a good choice for Obama? And do you think she's pressuring him?

WILL: It would be a ghastly choice. Leave aside the fact that Barack Obama right now is the beneficiary of an enormous wave of gratitude from the millions of Americans who thank him for closing the Clinton parenthesis in the history of the American presidency.

Beyond that, Sean, when a voter looks at the perspective vice president, the voter says what if the president dies? When a president look at her — a presidential nominee looks at a potential running mate, he says what if I live?

What if Barack Obama would have her down the hall nursing her grievances and her presidential aspirations which are, I believe, undimmed, he would have her energetic and interestingly...

POWERS: Right.

WILL: ... temperamental president in the wings also with all of his interesting business associates. What does she bring to him? She brings him New York. If he can't carry New York without her he's going to lose anyway.

But people say he will bring the women who were attached to her. Once the women who are her sort of women understand that John McCain is, A, pro life and, B, going to appoint Supreme Court justices, they'll fall into line soon enough.
While I am convinced that Karl Rove is using his newfound role as pundit in an effort to sabotage the Democratic Party with "advice," I think Will is actually giving what passes in his world for an objective assessment of the political situation here. That said, the strangest thing about his take on Obama is that he almost seems to like him.