"Anyone, said T.S. Eliot, could carve a goose, were it not for the bones. And anyone could govern as boldly as his whims decreed, were it not for the skeletal structure that keeps civil society civil -- the rule of law. The Obama administration is bold. It also is careless regarding constitutional values and is acquiring a tincture of lawlessness."
For eight years George Will held Bush's coat for him, as Bush violated the Constitution and the "skeletal structure" of our federal laws so many times that even Nixon would have been appalled. Now that a Democrat is in the White House, suddenly Will is Archibald Cox and Inspector Javert all rolled into one, crouched to the ground with his metaphorical magnifying glass, looking for clues.
Likewise, 29 years after helping to usher in the Reagan era, the beginning of three decades of disastrous Republican fiscal policies, Will has suddenly discovered fiscal responsibility. It only took him three decades to get a freakin' clue.
And of course he has his facts wrong. His accusations of lawbreaking don't have any, ya know, law behind them.
After reading Will's drivel for years, I can tell you that whenever he begins one of his pseudointellectual ramblings and starts quoting dead writers and philosophers, turn your Bullshit Detector up to the "STUN" setting and it will begin to emit a series of hearty A-OOGA's.
Sorry, George, but a dippy bowtie and a copy of Bartlett's quotations won't turn you into your hero William F. Buckley. And even Buckley was an intellectual fraud. What's le mot juste for a "fraud wanna-be"?
Hey George -- I will give you triple-word-score for the needless invocation of the word "ukase" ("the word derives from czarist Russia; how appropriate"). Did Mummy get you a new thesaurus along with the Bartlett's Familiar?