Hack pack strikes back

November 30, 2006

Where NewsMax goes, George F. Will is sure to follow. The leader of the D.C. Hack Pack, his bowtie twirling in righteous indignation, is getting all Margaret Dumont over Jim Webb’s frosty encounter with Four-Handed George:

Webb certainly has conveyed what he is: a boor. Never mind the patent disrespect for the presidency. Webb’s more gross offense was calculated rudeness toward another human being — one who, disregarding many hard things Webb had said about him during the campaign, asked a civil and caring question, as one parent to another. When — if ever — Webb grows weary of admiring his new grandeur as a “leader” who carefully calibrates the “symbolic things” he does to convey messages, he might consider this: In a republic, people decline to be led by leaders who are insufferably full of themselves.

I wish that in a republic, people also refused to read or watch lickspittle pundits who are “iunsuifferably full of themselves,” buyt alas it is not so. That’s how Fox News stays in business, and why George F. Will still has a box seat in the WaPo op-ed section.

But do newspaper editors refuse to run columnists who tamper with quotes? George Will, in the course of his lecture on deportment and civility in the column’d hallways of power,  managed to delete the cloddish rejoinder from Bush that triggered Webb’s anger. Will the Parsin’ Parson own up to his own dishonesty? Will the WaPo editors hold him accountable? 

As Matt Drudge would say, developing . . .

3 Responses to “Hack pack strikes back”

  1. Rix Says:

    “How are your daughters doing, Mr, President?”

  2. Bill Bowman Says:

    Oh, George, get a grip on yourself. No one has shown more “patent disrespect for the presidency,” or for the country, for that matter, than the mouth-breather now fogging the glass in the Oval (Offal??) Office.

    And wasn’t Will the guy who coached Reagan for one of his 1980 campaign debates, then went on tv declaring him the winner, without disclosing his role in the preparation? Hardly the icon of intellectual honesty.

  3. Dan Says:

    Don’t forget, it was VP Cheney who, diplomatically, requested Senator Leahy to “go f–k yourself” on the Senate floor. So, which party is it, exactly, that’s taking the low road? Oh, and remind me in which column Mr. Will registered his great offense at THAT bit of schoolyard b-s.

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