"Never mind the patent disrespect for the presidency."
Provided one is not in the military or an employee of the executive branch, patent disrespect for the presidency should be the default position.
"In a republic, people decline to be led by leaders who are insufferably full of themselves."
This had me in stitches. Doesn't this sound more like a line from Christopher Buckley than George Will? Self-aggrandisment is a prerequisite for office.
Of course, the laughter dies quickly. To invoke the republic is to mourn its loss.
Gene Healy reacted to many of the same lines, and Daniel Larison comments further.