In this video, George Will appears on a panel examining the Obama presidency. Will is first up. No one on the panel admires Barack Obama’s performance except Cokie Roberts and Leftist moderator Christiane Amanpour. Cokie defends Lyndon Johnson against Jackie Kennedy’s criticism. Cokie believes if it were not for Johnson, the Civil Rights bill would not have passed. Is she just wrong or completely disingenuous? Will says Republican Bob Turner’s win in New York 9 shows former Reagan Democrats becoming Reagan Democrats again (but the District hasn’t been Republican for decades before Reagan was elected). Amanpour brings up the “Republican establishment,” discusses Perry and Bachmann, and says the Tea Party is outside of the Republican establishment. Will tells her the Tea Party IS the Republican establishment today. Here is Will’s first comment.
GEORGE WILL: His default position is give a speech. He has astonishing faith in his persuasive powers. It’s refuted by evidence. He went to Massachusetts to campaign against Scott Brown. Brown is now senator. He went to New Jersey to campaign against Chris Christie, who is now governor. He went to Virginia to campaign against Bob McDonnell, who is now governor. He campaigned for the health care plan extensively. It became less popular. He campaigned in 2010 for the Democrats. They were shellacked. He began, in a sense, his presidency flying to Copenhagen to get Chicago the Olympics. Chicago was the first city eliminated. There is no evidence that the man has rhetorical powers that he is relying on.
George Will on Obama and The Republican Establishment (video)