After reviewing all the insurmountable flaws, faults, failings, foibles, deficiencies, demerits and defects of the GOP's double-helix frontrunners, George Will concludes that "Neither ... looks like a formidable candidate for November." Thus the grieving Will exhibits the emotional economy of true conservatism: He's jumped straight from denial to acceptance, skipping, in the process, all the anger, bargaining and depression.
It's already over. You know it, I know it, Obama knows it, Will knows it, every thinking Republican knows it. The great challenge remaining is that of enduring the coming months of GOP lies, distortions, fabrications, falsehoods, slanders and hysterics; and truth be told, this challenge will prove more grueling than any rational contest between competing ideas ever could be.
The race will test our patience, dignity and equanimity; it will try humanity's soul -- not its intellect. Such is always the greater challenge: deploying smarts against a witless opponent is easy, while maintaining calm in the face of ruthless depravity is an exhausting, potentially dehumanizing trial.
Am I personally up for it? To borrow from Politico's keen insight, that remains to be seen.