Good Will Hunting: George Will Leaves Republican Party In Opposition To Donald Trump

495px-Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore220px-GeorgeWill06Conservative columnist and icon George Will has left the Republican Party in light of the presumptive nomination of Donald Trump and his announcement triggered another juvenile response from Trump on Twitter — followed by a reply from Will that may be one of the best put downs that I have read in years.


Will said on Sunday that he had “left the Republican Party for the same reason he joined it” and said that he no longer believed in the Party after it handed the nomination to Donald Trump. It was a defining moment for the Party from a man who is viewed by many as one of the true intellectual forces behind the conservative movement since Reagan.

Earlier Will wrote in a column that “Events already have called his bluff about funding himself and thereby being uniquely his own man. His wealth is insufficient. Only he knows what he is hiding by being the first presidential nominee in two generations not to release his tax returns. It is reasonable to assume that the returns would refute many of his assertions about his net worth, his charitableness and his supposed business wizardry.”

There is no question that Will is hunting for Trump in his column and comments, but he is raising concerns over well-founded criteria for the presidency from temperament to transparency to trustworthiness. While one would have expected Trump to issue a measured response to combat the image of a loose cannon, he responded in his signature fashion: “George Will, one of the most overrated political pundits (who lost his way long ago), has left the Republican Party. He’s made many bad calls.” Trump also stated “You know he looks smart because he wears those little glasses. If you take those glasses away from him, he’s a dummy.”

Yea, it is the glasses.

Trump’s playground taunt led to a classic Will line: “He has an advantage on me because he can say everything he knows about any subject in 140 characters and I can’t.”

I honestly do not know why someone like Trump seems intent on proving his critics right about his alleged lack of maturity and self-control. He is not a stupid person.  We all have had the urges to say taunting or juvenile things and somethings the urge gets the better of us.  However, Trump appears to have no resistance to such urges, which can be a troubling characteristic for a chief executive.  It is also highly counterproductive at this stage in the campaign.  There is no question that the personal attacks played well with his base in the primary but polls now suggest that he will fall considerably short in the general if this trend continues and furthermore it seems likely that, if he flames out in November, he will hand Clinton not only the White House but the Senate.  It is an ironic moment.  He is up against the single weakest modern Democratic candidate since Ed Muskie — a person with record negatives. Yet, he cannot resist reducing every dispute to name calling and taunts.

For the record, I have known George Will for years and consider him a friend. I have had the pleasure of meeting with him over lunches where we have discussed everything from economic game theory to contemporary politics. We both also share a deep love for the Chicago Cubs.

George graduated from Trinity College in 1962 and then studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford where he received a BA and a masters. He also received MA and PhD degrees in politics from Princeton University. His 1968 PhD dissertation was entitled Beyond the Reach of Majorities: Closed Questions in the Open Society. He also taught political philosophy at the James Madison College of Michigan State University, the University of Toronto, and Harvard University.

220px-Reading-GlassesIn other words, it really is not the glasses.

There are a few truly transcendent intellectuals in this city and George Will is one of them. In a city of shallow spins and trite slogans, George Will routinely brings depth and insight into contemporary issues. His loss to the Republican Party should concentrate the minds of all of its continuing members. More importantly, calling Will names only serves to prove his point about the dangerous turn of our politics and his former party.

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  2. Bill Holter’s Commentary

    I completely missed this last week …maybe because our press did not report it? If true, more than just our standard of living is about to change.

    Obama Administration and UN Announce Global Police Force to Fight ‘Extremism’ In U.S.
    by Pamela Geller2 Oct 2015

    Loretta Lynch announced at the United Nations that her office would be working in several American cities to form what she called the Strong Cities Network (SCN), a law enforcement initiative that would encompass the globe.

    This amounts to nothing less than the overriding of American laws, up to and including the United States Constitution, in favor of United Nations laws that would henceforth be implemented in the United States itself – without any consultation of Congress at all.

    The United Nations is a sharia-compliant world body, and Obama, speaking there just days ago, insisted that “violent extremism” is not exclusive to Islam (which it is). Obama is redefining jihad terror to include everyone but the jihadists. So will the UN, driven largely by the sharia-enforcing Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the pro-Islamic post-American President Obama, use a “global police force” to crush counter-jihad forces?

    After all, with Obama knowingly aiding al-Qaeda forces in Syria, how likely is it that he will use his “global police force” against actual Islamic jihadists? I suspect that instead, this global police force will be used to impose the blasphemy laws under the sharia (Islamic law), and to silence all criticism of Islam for the President who proclaimed that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

    What is a global police force doing in our cities? This is exactly the abdication of American sovereignty that I warned about in my book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America. The Obama Department of Justice made it clear that it was exactly that when it distributed a press release last week announcing the “Launch of Strong Cities Network to Strengthen Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism.” In that press release, the DoJ complained that “while many cities and local authorities are developing innovative responses to address this challenge, no systematic efforts are in place to share experiences, pool resources and build a community of cities to inspire local action on a global scale.”

    So if the local and municipal effort to counter the euphemistic and disingenuous “violent extremism” is inadequate and hasn’t developed “systematic efforts are in place to share experiences, pool resources and build a community of cities to inspire local action on a global scale,” the feds – and the UN – have to step in. Thus the groundwork is being laid for federal and international interference down to the local level. “The Strong Cities Network,” Lynch declared, “will serve as a vital tool to strengthen capacity-building and improve collaboration” – i.e., local dependence on federal and international authorities.

    More…

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/02/obama-administration-and-un-announce-global-police-force-to-fight-extremism-in-u-s/

  3. “In other words, it really is not the glasses.

    There are a few truly transcendent intellectuals in this city and George Will is one of them. In a city of shallow spins and trite slogans, George Will routinely brings depth and insight into contemporary issues. ”

    Jonathan, have you lost your Phk’in mind? What a bunch of bullsh*t you’ve written in this article in favor of George Will & against Trump.

    Can’t you look around & see this country is being Invaded & Overran.

    You write this kind of childish crap yet ignore this Fascist Islamic Lunatics are ramping up attacks inside the USA.

    Trump is directly comforting this threat to us all, but you, Will, Hillary,etc.. give aid & comfort to the USA’s enemies.

    For your readers to form their own opinions I’ll post some recent info on the attempted invasion of the USA.

    Google Phil Haney, DHS whistleblower/You tube on how 0bama is covering
    up/enabling terror.
    Orlando and San Bernardino could have been prevented.

  4. Professor Turley,

    George Will has earned impressive credentials from elite universities to be sure and his command of language in articulating his point of view is undeniable. Trump, by comparison, “only” was graduated from Wharton U Penn with a lowly Bachelor’s degree in Economics and seems to have some sort of verbal dyslexia going on coupled with, as you point out, some issues with impulse control demonstrated by his tweets.

    However, the highly-credentialed (and highly touted by the Establishment) best and brightest have contributed to the corrosion of the U.S. as they have not created/enacted policies that benefit a large majority of citizens. It was those very same people who chose to collude with corporate interests and got us into Vietnam and other senseless interventions such as Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc. One could argue it started with Kennedy when the failed Bay of Pigs episode was actually financed by the United Fruit Company.

    While I have great admiration for people who have done the very hard work of attaining PhDs, JDs, MDs, etc., I have equal respect for people who have earned their knowledge outside of academia.

    Some of the smartest people I’ve ever met have never been to college – and most certainly have never heard of George Will, Thomas Friedman, David Brooks, Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman, etc. – the elite class needs to look around and realize that there are a multitude of very intelligent people operating in a parallel universe.

    I am a big fan of Howard Gardner’s “multiple intelligences” theory.

    I have equal respect for my surgeon, highly credentialed and well-trained who literally saved my life in an emergency situation some years ago and my wonderful car mechanic whose hands-on technical knowledge has kept my old jalopy safely running for over a decade.

    The conversations I’ve had with each are obviously very different – but no less instructive and life enhancing. In short, all people who are well-versed and passionate about what they do can teach all of us.

    The highly-credentialed “public” intellectuals who use their voices to shill for the corporations (TPP, etc.) are in my mind way worse than some of the bigots who make up a certain portion of the “unwashed masses” – their POVs can be attributed to cultural isolation and ignorance.

    The DNC is making a “yuuge” mistake in my opinion lining up behind HRC as is the RNC frantically seeking to keep Trump from the nomination.

    But then again, what do I know? My own academic creds are a BA in Art History from George Mason University and an MA in International Relations from Webster University (gasp, one of those “substandard” online schools!)

    Alright, I am going to climb off my soapbox and post this…

  5. Jeff Field: “Wow, is this really the level of discourse we have sunk to?
    I hear Boris Johnson is recruiting white bigots to repopulate the UK.

    Jeff wrote both statements without any irony at all.
    Hilarious.

    The level of discourse we have sunk to is that any disagreement with the elites means you are racist/homophobic/xenophobic.
    And stupid. And fat. Et cetera.

    It is clear that the elites despise a large segment of our society.
    Yet they seem genuinely surprised that we won’t simply shut up and vote the way they tell us to, undeserving and unintelligent as we are.

  6. I used to have a lot of respect for Will, though we disagreed on politics. It seemed like he has been phoning it in for years now. Sad that it took Trump to wake him up. And we’ll take it.

  7. Jeff,

    Give an arm to have dinner with George is ok. Just pick up tab at per diem rates.

  8. Maybe the best articles, since Jonathan Turley’s “10 Reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the Free”, was written Saturday June 25, 2016 by Glenn Greenwald about Brexit and Trump at http://www.theintercept.org.

    Anyone on this site would love this article by Greenwald, check it out.

    1. RB: Yes, really good Greenwood article. Thanks for sharing it.

      “In 2011, NATO bombed Libya by pretending it was motivated by humanitarianism, only to ignore that country once the fun military triumph was celebrated, thus leaving a vacuum of anarchy and militia rule for years that spread instability through the region and fueled the refugee crisis. The U.S. and its European allies continue to invade, occupy, and bomb predominantly Muslim countries while propping up their most brutal tyrants, then feign befuddlement about why anyone would want to attack them back, justifying erosions of basic liberties and more bombing campaigns and ratcheting up fear levels each time someone does. The rise of ISIS and the foothold it seized in Iraq and Libya were the direct byproducts of the West’s military actions (as even Tony Blair admitted regarding Iraq). Western societies continue to divert massive resources into military weaponry and prisons for their citizens, enriching the most powerful factions in the process, all while imposing harsh austerity on already suffering masses. In sum, Western elites thrive while everyone else loses hope.

      “These are not random, isolated mistakes. They are the byproduct of fundamental cultural pathologies within Western elite circles — a deep rot. Why should institutions that have repeatedly authored such travesties, and spread such misery, continue to command respect and credibility?. . .

      “The solution is not to subserviently cling to corrupt elite institutions out of fear of the alternatives. It is, instead, to help bury those institutions and their elite mavens and then fight for superior replacements. As Hayes put it in his book, the challenge is “’directing the frustration, anger, and alienation we all feel into building a trans-ideological coalition that can actually dislodge the power of the post-meritocratic elite. One that marshals insurrectionist sentiment without succumbing to nihilism and manic, paranoid distrust.’”

      It doesn’t surprise me that George Will would vote for Clinton.

  9. Wow, is this really the level of discourse we have sunk to? Although I would likely disagree with Will on most things, I would give my right arm to have dinner with him, as there surely would be simulating conversation and I am certain that I would learn from him. Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum, if you can’t have respectful disagreement why don’t you just STFU and go somewhere else. I hear Boris Johnson is recruiting white bigots to repopulate the UK.

  10. I often switch channels back and forth between the Sunday morning news/ interview/ talk shows.
    Depends on the guests, panelists, etc.
    I usually have to remote handy for when George Will speaks; if I wanted to hear Sunday morning sermons, I can go elsewhere.

  11. Justice Holmes,

    Very interesting insight that “Just like the rest of the GOP Will is using Trump as a way of cleaning up his own image.”

    However, I don’t agree that it is ” a bogus protest” – I think it’s a very real protest as both the RNC and DNC are under threat by candidates which the corporate class cannot control.

  12. Steve,
    I used to respect Will even though I often disagreed him, but something happened along the way – rather than his usual thoughtful pieces he became a corporate mouthpiece and his columns became shriller and shriller. At least that’s my impression….

    And yes, why wouldn’t he vote for Hillary? She is after all a DINO – remember, Bill was the first Republican president cloaked in the Democrat mantle.

    It’s getting rather easy to recognize the Republicans who are coming over for HRC – they are all supporters of the TPP.

  13. Roscoe,
    Please don’t dishonor Twain or Wolfe. Both are in a wholly different league than Will – IMO they have left the American people (arguably the entire globe of readers) a vast trove of literary treasures – both fiction and non fiction. Will, on the other hand will be confined to the dustbin of history – only to be read by academics …

  14. Anyone who doesn’t respect Will isn’t running on all cylinders. I’ve never agreed with him on most of what he says, and there are glaring examples of arrogance there, but when he speaks you have to listen or you’ll miss an opportunity to learn.

    The only thing Donald Trump has to fear is Donald Trump.

    Clinton’s so far right that even Will is voting for her? So goes the Democratic Party. Adieu.

  15. George Will has the appearance of being snotty. He speaks from a high cliff. Now he is jumping off.
    I wonder where George would have been when the Party of Lincoln was founded. Probably for the wealthy slave owners. Trump would have owned slave ships but gone both ways.
    You folks all know by know that George Will is getting older. I wonder who his favorite President was. Reagan? Nixon? Ike.
    I Like Ike.

  16. When a former ghost writer for the late Senator Jesse Helms quits the Republican Party because he can’t stomach the Republican nominee for president, you know the Republican Party is in trouble. George Will’s toupee has more common sense than than George himself does because it never comes unglued. Issac’s comments about Will are also spot on.

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