George Will’s Oct. 24 column “A measure of the country’s metabolism” spokes volumes about how far the concept of “conservatism” has fallen since right-wing extremists co-opted it from legitimate conservatives like Mitt Romney, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Dwight Eisenhower.
He condemned himself and the so-called “conservative” wing of the GOP when he said, “For conservatives this autumn has been about ... preserving Republicans’ Senate control to stymie Clinton.” This from a man who purports to be an American.
His explicitly stated “most important priority” at the beginning of a new American Presidency is to “stymie” the person selected by the majority of Americans to lead our country. He doesn’t wait to see if there’s any common ground – he certainly doesn’t look for any. He doesn’t propose cooperation or compromise wherever possible for the mutual benefit of all Americans, right, left and center. No, all he sees, all he longs for, all he says his favored party stands for this fall is the opportunity to “stymie” President Clinton if she is chosen by the free and fair vote of the American people.
What a sad commentary on a man who once shed luster to the concept of what it means to be a “conservative.”