Newswatch Thomas Griffith: Offense, Defense and Cheap Shots

Washington columnists are not like pro football players—a new team does not come trotting on the field whenever it is time to shift from offense to defense. Our mud-splattered veterans stay in the game.

With the change of Administrations, some attackers in the press are now practicing the unfamiliar arts of defense. It's not easy for someone like Conservative George F. Will, the most literate of Washington columnists. Thoughtful, astringently witty and rather young for a seasoned oracle (39), Will once called Carter perhaps the most dangerous President since James Buchanan. On...

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