Will on Dean

Below I noted Howard Dean’s most humorous gaffe on “Hardball,” but today George Will devotes a full column to the man’s disjointed statements and asks why the intelligentsia is so enamored of this guy.


3 thoughts on “Will on Dean”

  1. Well, for one thing, Will’s whole article is nonsense. The reason intellectuals like Dean is not because of any like-minded affinity they might feel for him, it’s because most intellectuals are liberal, and, like all liberals, Dean throws them the succulent verbal red meat they want so bad: Bush sucks, Bush sucks, Bush sucks.

    On a side note, I find it funny that George Will, the psuedo-intellectual’s psuedo-intellectual, a man who has a long history of mashing together conservative go-to arguments with 19th-century quotations on baseball and calling it original thought, is not only accusing DEAN of replacing his own thinking with that of others, but uses a quotation from the 19th century to prove the point.

    Well, I don’t find it so much funny as enragingly hypocritical.

    Also, that “I love Capitali$m” poster behind you in your Charlie’s Angels photo: horrendous. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    Have a good trip back home. Enjoy your last semester!

  2. I do so love how columns like this paint Dean as simply the intlligentsia’s candidate. Or what’s that term Will used? “The Profesoriat.”
    The least substantive (but still quite common) attacks on Dean seem to go something like this: “He’s from Vermont, a state who’s only contribution is hippie, sissy ice cream. He’s a wimp and the only people that love him are high-falutin’ professors who are out of touch with the real world. He’s not one of us.”
    This is especially funny since many of the attacks on Clinton in 1992 went something like this: “He’s from Arkansas, a state who’s only contribution is material for Jeff Foxworthy’s jokes. He’s a hick and the only people that love him a trailer trash who are out of touch with today’s sophisticated world. He’s not one of us.”

  3. Ben, I would love it if the Democrats could put forward someone like Clinton: a New Democrat, intelligent, free trader would be great, despite whatever misgivings I might have about him. Will doesn’t say this himself, but the basic point is that the problem with Dean is that he’s too much like Bush. He’s not a deep thinker, he’s a maverick, shoot from the hip kind of guy, he doesn’t seem to take many principled stands on domestic issues, and the only way he could possibly do a decent job as president is to have an all star team of advisers. If he gets the nomination, the Bush-Dean debates are going to be down right comical and utterly infuriating.

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