I Can Die a Happy Blogger Now. George Will Quoted Me in a Column

Those of you who are regular readers are probably tired of hearing me rant about the proposed Glendale, Arizona subsidy of the Phoenix Coyote's team (here, here, here), a subsidy that runs afoul both of our state Constitution and of common sense.  This week, George Will enters the fray, and actually quotes me at the bottom of his column.  Most of the column should be familiar to those following the story here, but of course being George Will it is so much pithier than I could tell the story.  I liked this bit:

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman agrees with McCain that the world is out of joint when people can second-guess the political class: “It fascinates me that whoever is running the Goldwater Institute can substitute their judgment for that of the Glendale City Council.” He will learn not to provoke Olsen, who says, “It happens to fascinate me greatly that the commissioner thinks a handful of politicians can substitute their judgment for the rule of law.”


  1. John Cheek:

    That's a real coup,Warren,bravo.I am happy to get an occasional letter published( Forbes.Financial Times).

  2. John Anderson:

    Bravo, sir, bravo.

  3. caseyboy:

    Atta Boy. But what is that bit about "rule of law"? Would that be like a legal framework under which we all agree to be bound? That couldn't possibly include the political class though, could it? They can't be bound by mere rules. After all isn't the "golden rule" that rules were made to be broken or am I mixing that up? When I get confused on things like this it helps me to listen to MSNBC.

  4. Scott:

    Believe it or not, you're a better read than Will.

  5. astonerii:

    Actually, I have been very happy with your current blogging. This is one of those things I am glad to read about.

  6. Sam L.:

    I opened up my local rag and there on the editorial page was George, and Glendale in the headline. I knew it was your story; I've been interested in your reports on it.

  7. Dr. T:

    An extra bonus: Reason posted an excellent interview with the founder of Oath Breakers, Stewart Rhodes. He describes Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a bad example of a law enforcement officer.


  8. Sameer Parekh:

    congratulations! coyote hits the big time

  9. John Moore:

    Do you suppose the Forbes bit led to it, or would Will actually read a blog?

    BTW, saw some idiot sportscaster editorializing on this last night. Subsidize make the city economical; it creates the growth we have seen in the valley; blah blah blah.


  10. IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society:

    > “It happens to fascinate me greatly that the commissioner thinks a handful of politicians can substitute their judgment for the rule of law.”

    I hate to say this, but this presumption on the part of politicians seems to be The Norm these days, not the exception.

    Just look at Obama thumbing his nose at Congress on military action in Libya.

    And until we stomp on them for it, they'll be right.

  11. IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society:

    > John McCain, who holds the Senate seat once occupied by Barry Goldwater but does not hold Goldwater’s views about governmental minimalism, calls the institute’s actions “disgraceful” and “basically blackmailing”: “It’s not their role to decide whether the Coyotes should stay [here] or not.”

    Who the f*** keeps voting this jackass back into office?

    I'd still vote for him over The Big 0, but the question, "McCain or Obama?" was definitely, hands-down, the stupidest question of 2008.