Fox News commentator and syndicated columnist George Will has always fancied himself as a sort of erudite leader in the conservative movement. Strangely the Beltway media has been quite willing to indulge him in his fantasies of intellectual superiority. Newspapers constantly print his columns and news programs repeatedly give him air time to impart his wisdom to the masses with his usual arrogant and condescending tone. George Will, like William F. Buckley, David Brooks, and Ben Stein, is supposed to be one of those “respectable”, intelligent conservative voices who is not prone to wild rhetorical flourishes, but who instead prides himself on his capacity for dispassionate reason. Unlike the Tea Party extremists or the talk radio personalities who make outlandish comments, George Will is supposed to be a “thinking man’s” conservative.
Yet the separation between George Will’s mentality and the mindset of a Glenn Beck or a Rush Limbaugh, has always been a figment of the Beltway’s imagination, not to mention an illusion that Mr. Will has tricked himself into believing as well. George Will refrains from using the words “FemiNazi” or “legitimate rape” in a sentence, not because he is not a misogynist, but because the terms are too uncouth for a man of his august station. However, George Will revealed himself as a member of the Todd Akin wing of the Republican Party this week with a column where he derides college campuses for being too politically correct by trying to prevent campus rapes.