George Will says Donald Trump bringing out Sarah Palin to endorse him is not "turning a fresh face to a promising future."
HUGH HEWITT, HOST: I’m joined by nationally syndicated Fox News contributor and author of A Nice Little Place on the South Side, George Will. George Will, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to have you.
GEORGE WILL: Glad to be with you.
HH: What did you make of that?
GW: Well, I don’t think it’s the Republican Party turning a fresh face to a promising future. We should all believe in recycling but there are limits, frankly.
GW: I really think in the closing hours before the moment of seriousness arises, and I think it does arrive in America when people are actually confronted with a ballot and they no longer think they’re sending a message, they realized they’re sending a president, and I think this is one of the final episodes of what I hope, perhaps naively is, the silly season.
HH: Now George Will, you’re very gracious, I just mispronounced the name of your book. It’s a Nice Little Place on the North Side and I just made a baseball -- it’s just terrible -- but I’m actually mad at the Cubs because the Cubs have been trying to steal Carrasco or Danny Salazar for some Cuban outfielder who’s 23-years-old and the Indians are easily tricked and I hope you would not be betting that, George Will.
GW: Listen, the Indians are going to be really good this year.
HH: Because of that starting pitching, I don’t know about Soler because I don’t follow the National League at all, but I’m not wanting to rate any of those people. Back to Sarah Palin. The end of the silly season. What message does that send and who gets it? Is it a net plus or a net negative in a general election to have Sarah Palin on your team and in Iowa and New Hampshire in the primaries?
GW: Well, Donald Trump is shrewd, realized that he needs validation because he’s about to be hit with a close, ruinous examination of his past which will demonstrate that he is and has been in no sense a Republican and his present which will indicate that he is in no sense a conservative, so he’s looking around for people who are considered conservatives who will validate him by supporting him. I’m not sure if that’s going to work, but I think it indicates that he’s aware of the treacherous mine-field into which he’s about to walk as people turn around and say, “Now wait a minute. Do we want a man running against Hillary Clinton who not so long ago was writing checks to Hillary Clinton?”
HH: Now you have a few Trump tattoos, George Will. I only have one. I am a “third-rate radio announcer” and I still get along with Mr. Trump and I welcome back. He’s the best interviewee in America. Why do you think he has been so successful in this season?
GW: Well, first of all, he is entertaining. Second, he is shrewd, as I said. He understands the anxieties that people have and speaks them.. That is actually nothing wrong with that. Politics is supposed to address people with anxieties. And he also recognizes that this kind of a Jacksonian moment in American history that Walter Russell Meade who is brilliant on this saying that the Andrew Jackson impulse in America: national honor, suspicion of concentrated power, defense against the cultural imperialism of the elites, is an honorable American tradition. It deserves a spokesman and it has found one in Mr. Trump. What puzzles me, Hugh, is this. He is a populist and he’s arousing populist furies and people say when you talk to Trump they say, “We want to get things done,” but I don’t know what they want to get done. Back in the 1880s and 1890s, when populism was sweeping the prairies, where Mary Elizabeth Lease is saying farmers should “raise less corn and more hell,” the populists knew exactly what they want. They wanted regulation of freight rates to get their crops to market. They wanted lower prices on grain elevators, they wanted free coinage of silver to reduce the loans that farmers had to get. They wanted an end of tariffs. This is a very specific agenda. I don’t know, perhaps you can tell me, what is specifically, Trump’s agenda do the Trump people have?