Columnist: George Will

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 05:26 PM

Obama's epiphanies about governing

The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery. In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that "we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly":

 

Dec. 07, 2013 @ 08:12 PM

The choices we have on Iran

In his disproportionate praise of the six-month agreement with Iran, Barack Obama said: "For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program." But if the program, now several decades old, had really been "halted" shortly after U.S. forces invaded neighboring Iraq, we would not be desperately pursuing agreements to stop it now, as about 10,000 centrifuges spin to enrich uranium.


Dec. 04, 2013 @ 08:07 PM

A case for containing Iran

Critics of the agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear program are right about most things but wrong about the most important things. 


Nov. 30, 2013 @ 08:12 PM

Wisconsin's action governor

In 2011, tens of thousands of government employees and others, enraged by Gov. Scott Walker's determination to break the ruinously expensive and paralyzing grip that government workers' unions had on Wisconsin, took over the capitol building in Madison. With chanting, screaming and singing supplemented by bullhorns, bagpipes and drum circles, their cacophony shook the building that the squalor of their occupation made malodorous.


Nov. 27, 2013 @ 08:01 PM

For these we give thanks?

We are tomorrow's past, so this Thanksgiving give thanks for 2013, a year the future might study more for amusement than for edification. HealthCare.gov performed the public service of defeating Barack Obama's ascription of every disagreeable effect to one of two causes -- George W. Bush or global warming.


Nov. 20, 2013 @ 08:49 PM

The JFK we had

He has become fodder for an interpretation industry toiling to make his life malleable enough to soothe the sensitivities and serve the agendas of the interpreters. The quantity of writing about him is inversely proportional to the brevity of his presidency.


Nov. 16, 2013 @ 08:53 PM

A hint of 2016 excitement

The New Republic magazine was, appropriately, the stimulant that last week gave the Democratic base a frisson of anticipation about a possible Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy in 2016.


Nov. 14, 2013 @ 06:50 PM

A need for compromise on immigration

One reason Washington makes so much bad history is that so many people here know so little history. This helps explain why "comprehensive" immigration reform is foundering: Too few of today's legislators know what happened 163 years ago.


Nov. 09, 2013 @ 08:53 PM

The enigma of Janet Yellen

She who is about to become the most consequential woman in the history of American government will find it easier to be confirmed than it was to be nominated as the next chair of the Federal Reserve Board.


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 08:51 PM

The case of an injured thumb

This term the Supreme Court will rule on important subjects from racial preferences to restrictions on political speech, but its most momentous case, to be argued Tuesday, concerns the prosecution of a Pennsylvania woman who caused a chemical burn on a romantic rival's thumb.


Oct. 30, 2013 @ 08:43 PM

The judiciary and free speech

Brick by brick, judges are dismantling the wall of separation that legislators have built between political activity and the First Amendment's protections of free speech and association.


Oct. 27, 2013 @ 09:21 AM

For Santorum, the fight goes on

Perhaps Rick Santorum is demonstrating persistence beyond the call of plausibility, but he says compelling political logic and high duty converge. Although he has not made a decision about 2016, he candidly says he is doing "everything consistent with running" -- traveling to speak to sympathetic groups and donors. His hand is on his sword's hilt.


Oct. 26, 2013 @ 08:35 PM

For Santorum, the fight goes on

Perhaps Rick Santorum is demonstrating persistence beyond the call of plausibility, but he says compelling political logic and high duty converge. Although he has not made a decision about 2016, he candidly says he is doing "everything consistent with running" -- traveling to speak to sympathetic groups and donors. His hand is on his sword's hilt.


Oct. 23, 2013 @ 08:49 PM

Virginia's other choice for governor

When William F. Buckley, running as the Conservative Party's candidate for mayor of New York in 1965, was asked what he would do if he won, he replied: "Demand a recount." Robert Sarvis, Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Virginia, will not need to do this.


Oct. 12, 2013 @ 08:09 PM

A 'Wonderland' moment for the court

The marble friezes above the Supreme Court chamber depict 18 great lawgivers, including Moses, Solomon, King John and William Blackstone. Come Tuesday, as the bemused -- or so one hopes -- justices listen to oral arguments in a case from Michigan, they might wonder why Lewis Carroll is not included.