Establishmentarian George

George Will is a respected, establishment conservative. He’s “safe,” in ways that firebrands such as Sarah Palin are not. “She’s just not one of us, don’t you know,” is the sniffy comment that one may almost hear the Republican Party establishment saying. Some in private; others conveying their disdain for populists such as Palin with sneers and condescension.

Another populist who is “just not one of us” is Mike Huckabee. He’s not an Anglican, or even a Methodist, for God’s sake. He’s a Baptist preacher. Surprised that Mike hasn’t been filmed handling snakes or talking in tongues…

In his column today, Will takes Huckabee to task for questioning, at least indirectly, Obama’s status as a natural-born American citizen. One can almost see the condescension dripping from the page. How stupid Mike Huckabee must be, to question Obama’s bona fides as an American!

From Will, this assessment of the current state of play in the Republican Party for the 2012 nomination:

…sensible Americans, who pay scant attention to presidential politics at this point in the electoral cycle, must nevertheless be detecting vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the party.

Yes, of course. Those who favor Mike Huckabee, or who have serious concerns for Obama’s veracity about his background, are simply not “sensible.”

Mr Will is the very face of the Establishmentarian Wing of the Republican Party. There is much in Will’s words to agree with; very little to disagree with. But there is that persistent establishmentarian attitude. The school marm, telling us to mind our manners, and don’t embarrass mother and father when they take us out.

An attitude that is shared by many inside-the-Beltway Republicans. And, based on the last election, not so many outside the Beltway.

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