Today, on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” George Will made the following, predictable statement regarding the upcoming 2012 election now that Mike Huckabee is out. He said:
“This is the most open scramble on the Republican side since 1940 when Wendell Willkie came out of the woodwork and swept the field. I think — people are complaining this is not off to a brisk start. I think that’s wrong. I think we know with reasonable certainty that standing up there on the West front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2013 will be one of three people: Obama, [former Minnesota Gov. Tim] Pawlenty and [Indiana Gov. Mitch] Daniels. I think that’s it.”
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that George Will holds the view that only establishment Republicans can beat Barack Obama in the 2012 election. He is after all, just about as establishment as they come. This is yet another example of the beltway elite seriously misreading the electorate, and more importantly, misreading the Republican base.
The reason the GOP primary race did not got off to a “brisk” start, is because the base is not happy with the current crop of announced candidates. Republicans around the country are not lining up behind any one person they know for certain is running. And I seriously doubt that you will see Conservative activists working too hard for a status quo contender. Times have changed, and the people of this country understand that we need bold, commonsense leadership. Not beltway business-as-usual, George Will approved politicians.
Mark Levin reminds us just how wrong George Will has been before.