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NOW demands that Washington Post dump George Will

George Will
George Will

When it’s Friday, it’s a happy day.

“George Will needs to take a break from his column, and The Washington Post needs to take a break from his column, they need to dump him.” — National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill to Media Matters in the wake of Will’s comments about campus sexual assault.

In Will’s June 7 column, the syndicated columnist suggested that how colleges treat sexual assault, or the “supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a ‘sexual assault,’” makes being the victim of a sexual crime a status that confers heightened privileges on victims. The Post is standing by Will, saying his remarks were within the bounds of legitimate debate. Still, his remarks baffle.

“I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a conference in San Francisco.

(A) Perry, who’s hinted he may run for president one more time, has stepped in it again. (B) What does he know about this subject that makes him an expert?

“Whatever they decide to do for the remainder of this year, decide it quickly and move on.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican and former House leader, on how congressional Republicans should deal with Eric Cantor’s upset primary defeat.

Blunt said the key is for House Republicans to refocus their attention — soon — on issues and move past the turmoil that Cantor’s loss brings. Sage advice. (link via

“This is just one more example of Governor Brownback using false information to deceive Kansans. It’s time for the Brownback administration to take responsibility for their failed experiment and give Kansans the full report on the true causes of this self-imposed fiscal disaster.” — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Democrat, reacting to the news that the Legislature’s non-partisan research agency has reported that massive revenue shortfalls in the state can’t be explained only by federal tax policy, as the Brownback administration has claimed.

The debate over tax policy and what’s caused massive revenue shortfalls topping $300 million is destined to carry over to the fall gubernatorial election. Brownback blames federal tax policy, which as this story suggested increasingly appears to be a stretch. Democrats, such as Hensley, blame the shortfalls on the big tax cuts Brownback implemented.