Friday, December 01, 2006

George Will takes on Webb

 George Will in the WaPo echoes some of the things that I've been saying here.

But notice, in the second sentence of Webb's column, the word "infinitely." Earth to Webb: Words have meanings that not even senators can alter. And he has been elected to be a senator, not Humpty Dumpty in "Through the Looking Glass." ("When I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.") America's national economic statistics are excellent; Webb could actually tell us how much richer the "top tier" has become, relative to other cohorts, over a particular span. But that would require him to actually say whom he is talking about, and that takes time and effort, and senators -- Webb is a natural -- often are too busy for accuracy.

Based on Webb's behavior before being sworn in, one shudders to think what he will be like after that. He already has become what Washington did not need another of, a subtraction from the city's civility and clear speaking.

I'm sorry that this blog has become obsessed with Jim Webb. But it really bothers me that the man who defeated George Allen is determined to embody the rear sector of his party's mascot.

Source: George F. Will - Already Too Busy for Civility -