Stealing a bit from Atrios’s dubious honor of recognizing a “Wanker of the Day,” I heard George F. Will on ABC’s This Week refer to former president Jimmy Carter as “probably a worse ex-president than he was president” for having the temerity to invest his time and resources in trying to help the poor and ill in Africa and serve as an observer in elections in foreign countries. Will’s hissy-fit was in response to Mr. Carter’s observation that the election in Palestine that put Hamas in power was “fair and free of corruption.” I guess Mr. Will’s point of upset was that the Republicans didn’t get a chance to count the votes.
For a Republican to criticize the actions of a former president takes a lot of chutzpah, seeing as how, with the exception of George H.W. Bush and Herbert Hoover, former Republican presidents have done nothing but sit on corporate boards, play a lot of golf, write a lot of self-serving books, and collect their pension. Given Mr. Carter’s work with Habitat for Humanity, the establishment the Carter Center, and generally making a large contribution to the betterment of humanity, Mr. Will could take a lesson in giving back rather than just shooting off his bazoo.
Update: Here is Mr. Will saying it in his weekly column. A twit two-fer.