To vote for a Republican means, now, to vote for a plutocracy that depends for its support on anti-government forces like the tea party, Southern racists, religious fanatics, and war investors in the military-industrial complex. It does no good to say that “Romney is a good man, not a racist.” That may be true, but he needs a racist South as part of his essential support. And the price they will demand of him comes down to things like Supreme Court appointments. (The Republicans have been more realistic than the Democrats in seeing that presidential elections are really for control of the courts.)
When dealing with a delusional leftist such as Wills should one attempt to reason with him or resort to mockery and derision? Probably both. But at the moment I am not in a derisive mood. I'll content myself with a couple of obvious points, the obviousness of which does not preclude the necessity to repeat them often.
1. Leftists typically refer to their opponents as 'anti-government.' But surely Mr. Wills can understand that if one is for limited government, then one is for government. Since Wills undoubtedly understands this, he lies when he characterizes the tea party as anti-government. By lying he announces in effect that his intentions are purely polemical and that he is out to win at all costs, like a good leftist, who will doing anything to win: the end justifies the means.
Wills cannot possibly not understand that the debate is not about government vs. no government, but about the size, scope, and reach of government. He knows this; he distorts the issue nonetheless because his is the mendacity endemic on the Left.
2. And of course, good leftist that he is, Wills plays the race card. He speaks of the "racist South." Now there are plenty of rednecks down there and some of them are racists. But what you have to understand about leftists is that they are virtuosos of semantic inflation: 'racist' in their mouths means the same as 'conservative.' Actually, it is even worse than this: 'racist' for a leftist doesn't have even this fixed meaning: it is an all-purpose semantic bludgeon the meaning of which expands or contracts like an accordion depending on the ideological needs of the moment. Label your opponents racists to avoid confronting their ideas. That's their shabby tactic.