Call Him John the Careless

From the invasion of Iraq to the selection of Sarah Palin, carelessness has characterized recent episodes of faux conservatism.? Tuesday's probable repudiation of the Republican Party will punish characteristics displayed in the campaign's closing days. Full Story »

Posted by Fabrice Florin
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Subjects: U.S., Politics
Topics: Presidential Election 2008, Republicans, John McCain, Obama Administration, Sarah Palin
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Posted by: Posted by Fabrice Florin - Oct 30, 2008 - 6:19 AM PDT
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Mark Monday
4.3
by Mark Monday - Oct. 31, 2008

For those who enjoy wonderful turns of phrases, George Will is always a must-read in the paper. The man knows how to use language to the best advantage, whether he is employing words as a tool or a weapon. In this column he skips lightly from one subject to another, but with a broad focus. If he is opinionated -- and he is -- his viewpoints are usually worth pondering.

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Fabrice Florin
3.9
by Fabrice Florin - Oct. 31, 2008

Thoughtful perspective about McCain's personality traits, with the author believes may be a liability for the campaign. He provides reasonable factual evidence to support his observations, which are presented fairly and with helpful insights.

Palin may be an inveterate simplifier; McCain has a history of reducing controversies to cartoons. A Republican financial expert recalls attending a dinner with McCain for ... More »

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Dwight Rousu
2.8
by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 31, 2008

Will concedes a few interesting points, but he comes from a strange place and includes a few anti-democratic jabs at publicly financed elections. He seems to want to destroy public financing rather than fix it. His arguments there ring hollow.

There are valid reasons for public financing. It does free candidates from fund raising. It can encourage the best statespersons rather than the best fundraisers to run for office. It can help level the playing field so poor candidates can compete against rich self-financed candidates. It can limit the vast amount of money flowing into the political campaigns and the influence the donors hope to win thereby. The constitutionality questions can be surmounted if participation is voluntary.

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Dale Penn
4.7
by Dale Penn - Oct. 31, 2008

Talk about "straight talk." George will cuts through the din of conservative talking points and goes straight to the heart of the matter. I often find Will's point of view at odds with my own (not here) but he has a consistent logic and ability to express himself that keeps me tuned in to his commentaries.

It is heartening to see a major conservative pundit take such accurate aim at his own party's presidential candidate's obvious flaws. If only a bit of his intellectual DNA could be transplanted into the Joe the Plumbers of the world.

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