Got blood pressure meds, five minutes and a dictionary? That’s what you’ll need before you dive into George Will’s scathing op-ed on Vice President Mike Pence.
Here’s the opening paragraph. It’s dripping with intellectual snobbery.
Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is augmenting the public stock of useful knowledge. Because his is the authentic voice of today’s lickspittle Republican Party, he clarifies this year’s elections: Vote Republican to ratify groveling as governing.
Translation: Will just called Pence a submissive, greasy, butt-kissing pig man.
He’s just getting warmed up.
Last June, a Trump Cabinet meeting featured testimonials offered to Dear Leader by his forelock-tugging colleagues. His chief of staff, Reince Priebus, caught the spirit of the worship service by thanking Trump for the “blessing” of being allowed to serve him. The hosannas poured forth from around the table, unredeemed by even a scintilla of insincerity. Priebus was soon deprived of his blessing, as was Tom Price. Before Price’s ecstasy of public service was truncated because of his incontinent enthusiasm for charter flights, he was the secretary of health and human services who at the Cabinet meeting said, “I can’t thank you enough for the privileges you’ve given me.” The vice president chimed in but saved his best riff for a December Cabinet meeting when, as The Post’s Aaron Blake calculated, Pence praised Trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes: “I’m deeply humbled. . . . ” Judging by the number of times Pence announces himself “humbled,” he might seem proud of his humility, but that is impossible because he is conspicuously devout and pride is a sin.
What an illuminating assemblage of defecation. Or as the common man would say, a flaming pile of poo.
It is said that one cannot blame people who applaud Arpaio and support his rehabilitators (Trump, Pence, et al.), because, well, globalization or health-care costs or something. Actually, one must either blame them or condescend to them as lacking moral agency. Republicans silent about Pence have no such excuse.
There will be negligible legislating by the next Congress, so ballots cast this November will be most important as validations or repudiations of the harmonizing voices of Trump, Pence, Arpaio and the like. Trump is what he is, a floundering, inarticulate jumble of gnawing insecurities and not-at-all compensating vanities, which is pathetic. Pence is what he has chosen to be, which is horrifying.
Real talk? If you strip away all of George Will’s fancy words, his op-ed is as follows: “I hate Pence WAAAAAAH!”
WWR had to look up the word “oleaginous” in this unusually vicious George Will takedown https://t.co/ybf4u2ei6t
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) May 10, 2018
George Will is wrong and has been reduced to being a guest on MSNBC which only a few years ago he rolled his eyes at. Mike Pence is a principled patriot and America is lucky to have him as Vice President.
— Deplorable Brent (@BHVT) May 10, 2018
Well, whatever you think of his politics, George Will delivers an impressively penned burn that is worth studying for language use alone. https://t.co/uYaEmNdj4q
— Daniel Farina (@danfarina) May 10, 2018
But that’s the thing. I’m not impressed. This impresses no one but butthurt elitist snobs who get off on intellectual psychobabble. If you take away all the wordy glamor, this is nothing more than George Will b*tching that Pence doesn’t disavow Trump every four seconds.
George Will is a preening, gaseous, smug, and irrelevant doofus. https://t.co/83a9rWPsvv
— Michael Haz (@Michael_Haz) May 10, 2018
This George Will column is the most intellectual masturbatory things I have ever read, it’s like it’s just verbose for the sake of verbosity. It’s a parody of what a “intellectual” sounds like.
— Azusa🌹光🇹🇼 (@PositiveInt) May 10, 2018
George Will @GeorgeWill is that high school kid who suffered wedgies at the hands of jocks and overcompensates by embracing dilettantism with his trusted dictionary. No wonder he hates Trump and Pence…#MAGA
— PVDTW (@PVDTW1) May 10, 2018
The butthurt is real.