The usual question in conversations like this one: Why is our politics so embittered? Mr. Will begins with what I would term a more proximate answer …

— George Will interview in WSJ “ There was a qualitative change when Newt Gingrich became leader of the Republicans,” he says. I am skeptical of this interpretation, if only because it’s asserted so often by precisely the people—liberal journalists and academics—one would expect to offer it. He acknowledges the argument can be overdone but

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