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’être, “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.