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Triumph of the Will?

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George Will has crawled out of the bed he helped shit. Maybe he’ll go soil the libertarians’!

At a Federalist Society lunch in Washington yesterday, conservative columnist and TV commentator George Will announced that he changed his Maryland voter registration this month from Republican to unaffiliated. “This is not my party,” he told the crowd, according to an account by PJ Media’s Nicholas Ballasy.

Will, who has arguably been the most biting and prolific member of the conservative anti-Trump club, reportedly cited House Speaker Paul Ryan’s endorsement of Trump as one of the last straws, and was noncommittal about whether he would support Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson. Asked by Ballasy to recommend what conservative anti-Trumpers should do now, Will said: “Make sure he loses.”

But what about that last-gasp reason, resonant among many of the legal thinkers at the libertarian/conservative Federalist Society, for backing even a revolting Republican—the Supreme Court? Will’s answer was revealing: “Sure, but I’m also concerned with the fact that I do not really believe Republicans think clearly enough about what they really want in judges,” he told Ballasy. “Having a Republican president is not an answer in itself.”

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