George Will Needs to Chill

Conservative columnist and pundit George Will (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Wednesday’s anti-Trump rant by George Will is far from his first.  On September 9, it was “Donald Trump is a Malleable Mess.”  On August 26, it was “The Havoc that Trump Wreaks – on his own Party” (which included this memorable sentence, “Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency.”)  On August 12, it was “Donald Trump is a Counterfeit Republican.”

As less biased observers recognize, Donald Trump is not injuring but increasing the chances of a Republican presidency.  He is a, if not the, principal reason the viewership of the four Republican debates was 74.4 million.  He has made the other candidates stronger, as the latest and best Fox Business debate last week demonstrated (and he has made the debate formats better by criticizing the media moderators).

What has changed over time in Will’s columns on Trump is the disclosure statement.  For the previous three, it was: “The columnist’s wife, Mari Will, works for Scott Walker.”  Now George Will flogs for Chris Christie.

These columns of his are so tendentious it’s a bit beside the point to review the logic of his argument.  George Will doesn’t like Trump, and does like Chris Christie, and that’s really all you need to know.  But let’s humor him: Will thinks Chris Christie, but not Trump, Carson or Fiorina, will be able, in a general election debate, to ask Hillary Clinton: where “is America safer or more respected today, anywhere in the world, than it was when Clinton became secretary of state?”  “It is beyond peculiar,” Will writes, “it is political malpractice for Republicans to fritter away time and attention on candidates who, innocent of governing experience, cannot plausibly ask that question with properly devastating effect.”  Really?  Continue Reading