Thursday, August 11, 2005

George Will, Jimmy Carter, and the 1980 Election: A Little History

Tshoe who were around and watching in 1980 will find this George Will column especially interesting. (Even those who weren't around should pay attention in order to avoid being misled. President Carter seems to have a flexible relationship with the truth regarding George Will's role in that election.) HT: Power Line


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to believe that the self-styled "Man from Georgia" was a fundamentally good man who was sadly and naively misguided. His post-defeat life of self-styled martyrdom and America-bashing has completely changed my feelings. And now we have chronic myth-making tinged with delusions of grandeur! It's pitiful to watch. 

Posted by BlueBuffoon

Thursday, August 11, 2005 4:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the briefing book purloined or was it not? He doesn't have the right to feel a little pissy about the theft of the book and its use in preparation for the debate? If the Utes unknowlingly lose a copy of their offensive gameplan to their hated rivals the week of the big game and then get drubbed, you're going to expect Whittingham to accept the news with grace and poise and not get a little peevish?  

Posted by Wori Tarfield

Saturday, August 13, 2005 8:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Will’s disgraceful attack defense against President Carter makes one thing clear: while Will may not have been the literal thief of Carter’s debate briefing book, he was – and remains – an unabashed, unapologetic conspirator in a shameful act. Will denies neither that the book was stolen nor that he perused it before coaching candidate Reagan. While he smugly dismisses the book’s usefulness (how would he know without some study of it?), one wonders why he opened it at all, and how Will deems it acceptable to cheat so long as it doesn’t end up helping much. An independent journalist wouldn’t have been there in the first place; a responsible one would have exposed the theft. Will participated. Instead of diverting our attention toward the issue of whether he actually took the book (a defense any good parent or teacher would reject from a child caught helping a friend to cheat), Will should apologize not just to Mr. Carter, but to those readers like me who believed in his independence as a journalist, and to the American people for his role in the corruption of our political process. 

Posted by Nathan Smallwood

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 11:39:00 AM  

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