George Will the Team Player

I’ve occasionally been tempted to take a spirited personal issue with someone. Temptation won out in this case. It has been festering a while.

George Will is the quintesental lemon in a basket of oranges. No one knows exactly what it is doing there, and everyone is at a loss to explain the problem with it.

Will has an obsession with baseball often littering his columns with analogies to bring home his point. Sometimes it’s a strike and sometimes it’s a ball. But the man has a cultish crush on it as much as his lust for words.

He uses his high-brow style, occasionally citing ‘inside baseball’ factoids that co-opt his pros adding a sports flair to the editorial page. He short circuits his intelligence with vignettes proving baseball has been very good to George will.

Here is where the pine tar gets a little thick

His elite inside politics overdubbing of Washingtonian issues lends itself to criticism as ivory-tower academia crossbred with elitism. His writing is condescending to the masses he hopes to cleanse by his rhetorical palate. We are not as intelligent as he is.

So the irony is thick here in that today the tables have turned and Washington’s “inside baseball” politics is now the chief problem, not the anecdote to it.

It was not long ago that he declared the anger of people was off base. It was more like frustration, as far as the Dr Good-Will diagnosed it. We are having a childish pout.

I’m sure in certain sections of snobsville his critiques fit like a well-worn ball glove, but in other places they fall on deaf ears — bored as much with his rhetoric as with a rain delay at Wrigley Field, or by sipping watered-down Gatorade during a no-hitter.

I don’t suppose George would see the waste deep irony in his soliloquy. He has bashed inferior folks of rural America as “incapable of cognitive thought or rational argument.” He insisted people may only come into the Republican Party “on our terms, not theirs.” He referred to the grown-ups in the conservative movement, himself among them.

There’s that inside baseball mantra again that they just don’t understand how the game is played. Barring that problem would render their co-opting strategy unnecessary.

Birds of the feathered nest

Who could forget Obama’s words:

“It’s not surprising. Americans get bitter. They cling to their guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or their anti immigrant sentiment (racists) … as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Though dripping in arrogance, it is water drawn from the same trough Will drinks from.

So what this really comes down to is George Will is a poster child for the elite-ruling class establishment. He exemplifies everything that is wrong with it, while demonstrating how little is right about it. If not for their media-accommodated, cushy chairs of news punditry — covering the very DC cesspool they are immersed to their eyeballs in — they would lead hum drum but far less lucrative lives. Rather they’ve become self-anointed adherents in ‘lifestyles of the affluent and influential.’

The Last Refuge:

“…the John Birch society tapped into something, George Wallace tapped into something, and it was up to the grown-ups in the labor movement in the late 1940’s, and the grown-ups in the conservative movement in the 1960’s to read those elements the riot act, and say: come back in, but come back in on our terms because we are not going down the road you want to go”…

And George Will tapped into something, as noted, plugged in and then hard wired his worldview into it. He’s been running on that straight juice, with an occasional baseball analogy to break up the arrogance. In 2015, Will said “there is no frontrunner. There won’t be a Republican race to speak of until this course and vulgar man, who is at the center of this argument, is marginalized.” No frontrunner?

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13 comments on “George Will the Team Player

  1. Hardnox says:

    Will reminds me of the ancient Chinese proverb: “the blindest are those that refuse to see”.

    I used to like Will very much but he is no conservative, at least not anymore. He has gone full blown establishment. I don’t like his snotty demeanor whereas he thinks his intellect and musings are superior to anyone else’s, especially the great unwashed.

    What Will and many other DC types refuse to see is that people have made a different choice other than what the elite have attempted to spoon feed to the public. First the elite fed us Bush, then Christie (for about two weeks), then Rubio. All have been resoundly rejected by the people and the elite aren’t having any of it. Now they have reluctantly embraced Cruz who they believe they can prevent winning the nomination using Kasich so their chosen one can then be coronated.

    Unbeknownst to Will and his ilk, they lit the fuse which will blow up the republican party.

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  2. Davetherave says:

    Great post Bull. I think part of it is George Will missing the days when he received high accolades from the WSJ. He was a relevant conservative back in the 80’s and 90’s, but now he’s just a pissed off jerk trying to still feel important. His 15 minutes of fame ended long ago and he just can’t stand it.

    As of late he’s been anything, but on the conservative side of several issues. He supported withdraw of our troops of Afghanistan and then defended Obama about the uprising in their elections. He opposes the death penalty for any crime. He opposed GW’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supremes. He opposed Gingrich for GOP Prez nomination (spoke very badly about Newt). Thinks Ann Coulter is an enemy to conservatives. That should be enough…

    He’s the classic dug in elite that hates seeing his relevance and power has greatly diminished and is in danger of going extinct. I stopped being important a long time ago and I’m cool with it. 🙂

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    • Bullright says:

      Thanks Dave, Normally isn’t the rule to “punch up”? But this was more like punching downward. His 15 minutes expired despite WSJ’s help. Like the mob, once you’ve got your pin, well, there is no plan B. Right, so much invested in it nothing else matters.

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  4. peppermintfarm says:

    George Will ticked me off a long time ago with his snooty attitude and those stupid baseball analogies. Does he think all of us are such avid fans of that game? I find it boring as hell and he bores me even more now

    You’re right he is nothing more than the DC political cesspool that exists and he is a member of that group who has no idea what we the people think or how we feel. But he doesn’t waste any time “assuming he knows us” and can tell us what we feel and what we’ll do

    Basically he just makes me sick and I don’t watch Fox News Sunday anymore because I know he’s usually on there and my stomach twists and turns at his comments. He’s just a jerk.

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    • Bullright says:

      Similar sentiments here. It’s funny how I’m reading that a lot, especially lately. I think his negatives are higher than O’Reilly’s now Independents weren’t thrilled with him, now. it’s conservatives too.

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      • peppermintfarm says:

        Oh I’m sure his negatives are higher than O’R’s. I don’t think anyone is very thrilled with him. He’s an old throw back from the GOPe. He needs a tune up to get him up to date. But he’s just an old curmudgeon that hangs around forever with his baseball love

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        • Bullright says:

          He’s like a black cloud hanging around Fox, which has also got the biased establishment disease. Increasingly people aren’t watching that either or paying much attention to them. It’s programmed news like Will’s verbiage. Similar to Ted’s rehearsed talking points. .

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          • peppermintfarm says:

            He and Karl Rove both. People already know the both of them are nothing more than GOPe shills.
            Yep lots of people have left Fox watching and gone somewhere else.

            You got that right, programmed news like Pravda almost.

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            • Bullright says:

              I’ll probably have to switch to some CNN coverage on the primary tomorrow for that reason. At least CNN reports the stats fairly well. Sometimes Fox can’t even do that worth a shit. Wish I had an alternative.



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