I hardly call the past 8 years of Barnes and Kristol conservative. I remember election night 2004 when Kristol look and talked with euphoric joy over the winner JFKerry. Who was it exactly that coined the word "neocon"? It is not my word and it apparently means different things to different people.
Alexis de Tocqueville is the author that the Weakly Standard now deems timely.
Allegedly coined by Kristol Senior. You are right that it means many different things from Liberal-turned-moderately Right wing to any Foreign policy hawk. I'd characterize them as mostly elitist RINO hawks. But I'm a hawk, and therefore don't reject their ideas completely. On Foreign Policy I agree with a good deal of the ideas they espouse, but their domestic views are democrat-lite.
Kristol, for all his faults, got it right on Iraq and he was an early and ardent supporter of Palin. I applaud him at least for that. Of the "neocons" he is easily the most likeable... (if we neglect his cackle and constant smirk.)
The Weekly Standard is by no stretch conservative on many issues, but I think it makes a good read nontheless, and they aren't afraid to pile on the Dems.