George Will on Barack Obama and Joe Biden

Wow, Will really brought the snark. And all of it, of course, is justified. A sampling:

Energetic in body but indolent in mind, Barack Obama in his frenetic campaigning for a second term is promising to replicate his first term, although simply apologizing would be appropriate. His long campaign’s bilious tone — scurrilities about Mitt Romney as a monster of, at best, callous indifference; adolescent japes about “Romnesia” — is discordant coming from someone who has favorably compared his achievements to those of “any president” since Lincoln, with the “possible” exceptions of Lincoln, LBJ and FDR. Obama’s oceanic self-esteem — no deficit there — may explain why he seems to smolder with resentment that he must actually ask for a second term.

Speaking of apologies, Syracuse University’s law school should issue one for having graduated Joe Biden. In the 2008 vice presidential debate, he condescendingly lectured Sarah Palin that Article I of the Constitution defines the executive branch. Actually, Article II does. In this year’s debate, he said that overturning Roe v. Wade would “outlaw” abortion. Actually, this would just restore abortion as a subject for states to regulate as they choose. Biden, whose legal education ended well before he was full to the brim, was nominated for his current high office because Democrats believe compassion should temper the severities of meritocracy. It is, however, remarkable, and evidence of voters’ dangerous frivolity regarding the vice presidency, that Biden’s proximity to the presidency has not stirred more unease. To forestall that, Biden should heed Alexis de Tocqueville: “To remain silent is the most useful service that a mediocre speaker can render to the public good.”

Two economic themes of Obama’s campaign have been that outsourcing jobs is sinful and that he saved GM, which assembles 70 percent of its vehicles on lines outside America. He thinks that ATMs and airport ticket kiosks cause unemployment but may understand that buying an iPhone involves outsourcing to China the jobs of assembling it. Although his campaign slogan is “Forward!” he evidently wants America to compete with China in the manufacture of T-shirts and toasters. His third economic theme — that he will “invest in” (spend on) this and that — has been inaudible amid the clatter of crashing companies he has invested in.

Read the whole thing. If only there were a way for the Romney campaign to make a commercial out of Will’s column.

  1. PJS

    Ouch.

  2. The King Prawn

    The first sentence is a stunning piece of writing, and the whole thing is equal to his introduction.

  3. Capt. Aubrey

    When George Will is on he is really wonderful. No one strings together nouns and verbs with malice aforethought quite so well. The whole business about scaring women over birth control is also spot on. I cannot imagine any woman with a grain of sense falling for it….and yet some do alas.

  4. KC Mulville

    Not much to say here except to give it a [Like!]

  5. Troy Senik, Ed.

    Does anyone else worry about the quality of diction amongst American columnists once George Will hangs up his bow tie?

  6. ConservativeWanderer
    Troy Senik, Ed.: Does anyone else worry about the quality of diction amongst American columnists once George Will hangs up his bow tie? · 4 minutes ago

    Not as long as Victor Davis Hanson keeps writing.

  7. kylez

    that was a great column, with a wonderful opener.

    what is the pledge by pelosi he mentions?

  8. Percival

    George Will is to the editorial take-down what Don Drysdale was to the purpose pitch.

    Pejman Yousefzadeh:

    Biden, whose legal education ended well before he was full to the brim, was nominated for his current high office because Democrats believe compassion should temper the severities of meritocracy.

    I bet if Joe Biden shows George the bruise that left, George will autograph it for him.

  9. Charlotte

    Deee-licious.

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