Sunday, January 6, 2008

George Will Further Confirms the Fact That He Is The Man

Will, in great form, takes on Huckabee's and Edwards' populist appeals in his syndicated column. A sample:

Huckabee told heavily subsidized Iowa that Americans striving to rise are “pushed down every time they try by their own government." Edwards, synthetic candidate of theatrical bitterness on behalf of America's crushed, groaning majority, says the rich have an “iron-fisted grip" on democracy and a “stranglehold" on the economy. Strangely, these fists have imposed a tax code that makes the top 1 percent of earners pay 39 percent of all income tax revenues, the top 5 percent pay 60 percent, and the bottom 50 percent pay only 3 percent.

According to Edwards, the North Carolina of his youth resembled Chechnya today - “I had to fight to survive. I mean really. Literally."

And I'll clip one more shot at Huckabee:

Huckabee says “only one explanation" fits his Iowa success “and it's not a human one. It's the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000 people." God so loves Huckabee's politics that He worked a Midwest miracle on his behalf? Should someone so delusional control nuclear weapons?


Alex said...

Of all the candidates, Edwards is far and away the most despicable. His entire campaign centers on envy-based class warfare which, because it so emotional and populist, lends itself to the sort of gross inaccuracies pointed out by Will. Biden's jab against Giuliani ("subject, verb, 9/11") applies much more to Edwards and his incessant rants about corporations and the rich.

Did I already post something to this effect? This campaign is bringing out the worst in me.

Brian said...

Alex, I couldn't agree more regarding Edwards. His especially crapulent brand of populism makes Huckabee look reasonable and mature on economic policy by comparison, and even makes Obama and Hillary highly preferable alternatives. Moreover, his recent hatchetman attacks on Hillary have actually led me to sympathize with her a bit, a remarkable feat indeed.