George Will on Healy

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

George Will lets loose with some resounding praise for Gene Healy and his book The Cult of the Presidency calling it “the year’s most pertinent and sobering public affairs book.” Will then gushes:

Healy’s dissection of the delusions of “redemption through presidential politics” comes at a moment when liberals, for reasons of liberalism, and conservatives, because they have forgotten their raison d’ĂȘtre, “agree on the boundless nature of presidential responsibility.” Liberals think boundless government is beneficent. Conservatives practice situational constitutionalism, favoring what Healy calls “Caesaropapism” as long as the Caesar-cum-Pope wields his anti constitutional powers in the service of things these faux conservatives favor.

George Will has been known to tease out his inner libertarian from time to time, usually when the GOP is doing something stupid. He’s easily the most intellectually honest conservative pundit in the business. This column (running in the week’s Newsweek) is fantastic.

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4 Responses to “George Will on Healy”

  1. #1 |  Two--Four | 

    […] something stupid. He

  2. #2 |  pam | 

    I’m a liberal and I am NOT for boundless government. I’m for caring about your fellow citizens. So George Will can take at least one liberal off that huge generalization of a list of his.

  3. #3 |  Prof. Challenger | 

    Congratulations on selecting Bob Barr to represent all Libertarians in the upcoming spectacle.


  4. #4 |  Brian V. | 

    Did Radley just say something good about George Will?

    I must wake up now….