George Will has some sorting out to do. And it wouldn’t be the first time. Consider that latest column of his.
Let’s stipulate for argument’s sake that Fred Thompson has no good explanation squaring his conservative principles with his support for McCain-Feingold. It’s a legitimate issue. However, if you support a candidate who has taken the wrong positions on the First, Second, Fifth, and Tenth Amendments, and whose view of the Constitution led him to endorse government-funded abortion on demand, then you have to wonder about that candidate’s conservative principles, do you not? That candidate is Rudy Giuliani, and among his first supporters was George Will. So, the question for George Will is, what standard are you using to evaluate these candidates? The standard in Rudy’s case appears to be his management skills as a mayor. I imagine Will doesn’t support Rudy for his position on the war given that Will is opposed to the war. In Thompson’s case, Will complains Thompson’s not conservative, pointing to McCain-Feingold. But in 2000 Giuliani told Wolf Blitzer that he was a very big supporter of McCain-Feingold and had been for a long time. And, in recent weeks, Rudy said if he wasn’t running for president, he’d support McCain. I think Will needs to square his own thinking. If anything, his approach underscores Rudy’s weaknesses, and apparently his own.