Strange New Disrespect

George Will’s distaste for John McCain had been leading me to find some Strange New Respect for the man, but what kind of a person writes a column hailing Mitch McConnell as the savior of conservatism? The guy is, clearly, a very banal party operator. Few incumbent politicians of either party, and absolutely no Republicans that I’m aware of, favor public financing of campaigns. After all, such financing would be bad for incumbents and bad for Republicans. But Will writes:

McConnell opposes public financing of presidential campaigns on Jeffersonian grounds (“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is,” said Jefferson, “sinful and tyrannical”).

As if McConnell is taking some kind of lonely and idiosyncratic stand inspired by his deep immersion in 18th century ideas.