George Will on Vibrators

powerofthewill.gifConservative pundit George Will offered a remarkable turn of phrase in his analysis of presidential candidate Mick Huckabee's recent political dog-whistling.
...sensible Americans, who pay scant attention to presidential politics at this point in the electoral cycle, must nevertheless be detecting vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the party. The most recent vibrator is Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who won the 2008 Republican caucuses in Iowa and reached that year's national convention with more delegates than Mitt Romney, and who might run again.
Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and the spotlight-chasing candidates of 2012 [Wapo]


  1. Huckabee reminds of Kevin Spacey in “Se7en.”

    Oh, and Vibrostation ad! ————————————>

  2. Are Mormons as scary as Kenyans or something? For the last 3 election cycles, Romney has come off as the least nutty and best-spoken candidate, so how come he can’t win at least his party’s nomination (somewhere other than Utah, I mean)

    This Canuck is puzzled, but then again I also can’t figure out why our current PM really wants to make us all American serfs either. (Unless there’s an election, where he keeps harping on the fact that his opponent is a ‘closet American’ — sigh, politics.)

    1. Yeah, what did happen to that? Ads frequently stay around for a while these days. Not that the mods aren’t doing their job, but you’d think they’d like the crowdsourcing.

      1. Funnily enough, waking up to 200 e-mails about a spam comment wasn’t that helpful. I go through all the comments anyway.

        1. That’s a good point. Than again, whoever designed the Report Abuse button to send you more than one email per individual post (I’m looking at you Rob…) deserves… well I don’t know… spam?

          It seems as if there are other solutions rather than you getting 200 emails. But if you go through all the comments anyway, then I guess it’s not actually an issue.

  3. I guess the word is being used with a tin ear, but a vibrator is something that vibrates. I don’t see why you (and Rachel Maddow, love her though I do) are making a big deal of this.

    1. Saying that we should refer to only the most strict definitions of words and not include context on other possible meanings is absurdly pedantic. Of course anyone with at least a bit of common sense knows what else vibrator means and wouldn’t use it in a serious setting let alone a circulated publication unless they were actually talking about a device used for sexual gratification. And of course any reasonable person would think it’s a bit queer that George Will could be so clueless to its typical modern usage.

      Probably not a big deal per se, as you argue; but certainly titter worthy ;).

  4. On the merits, I hate to admit that smug prick actually stepped up and called out the race-baiting whisper campaign of his fellows. It certainly doesn’t make up for a career of projecting the aloof superiority of a man wrong on every major issue, but for once he stumbled across a worthy stand.

  5. This is a real collector’s item, in that very, very few posts on BoingBoing are a complete waste of time.

  6. I think George was just trying to be polite (or following someone’s editorial policy), substituting “vibrator” for “dildo” in describing the Huckster.

  7. Pretty much par for the course for someone who is completely out of touch with the zeitgeist at large.

  8. So is the implication that George Will was dog whistling that Huckabaee is a dildo? Or not? Who is George Will?

    And how long do I have to watch before his eyebrows stop doing that?

  9. I’ll be over here, waiting for George to use “vibrator” and “Santorum” in a sentence together….

  10. I can’t wait until he uses a ‘figure of light in a world of flesh‘ metaphor for Glenn Beck.

  11. Have you ever noticed how Mike Huckabee resembles the character “Ben Harper” on the Brit sitcom “My Family”?

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