Kristol: Tea Party would vote for Cristie. Who else would they vote for? Obama? They will take Cristie and like him — just like they did John McCain in 2008.
[Kristol did use some different verbage, but I think I captured his intent. :) ]
Kristol is looking for someone he can work for. This is the same type of deal he pulled back in 2000.
First he went on and on for months about how Colin Powell was the ONLY candidate who could defeat Gore. Then when Powell finally convinced Kristol he wasn’t going to run, Kristol switched to backing McCain.
And when McCain didn’t win in the primaries, Kristol THEN went on a tirade about what a terrible candidate Bush was, how he was lazy, wouldn’t get elected because he mangled words, etc.
I believe this animosity comes from Bush 41’s complete distrust of Kristol as a leaker when Kristol was Quayle’s chief of staff. It got so bad that James Baker barred him from campaign strategy meetings. (Kristol’s “good ideas” included convincing Quayle to oppose Bush 41 on some policy issue and make a big stink, right in the middle of the campaign.)
So Bush got elected, and Quayle spent about 3 months praising him, until it became apparent that Bush 43 wasn’t going to give him a job. He then resumed sniping at the White House and meeting with McCain’s for lunch, hatching plans for McCain to spike Bush’s wheels on various policy matters.
I also believe Kristol instigated the “Jefford’s Jump.”
So, Christie will be pushed and pushed by Kristol until he finally makes it plain he won’t run. Then Kristol will latch onto someone else, except it won’t be Palin, who wouldn’t hire him either. And if Palin or Cain get the nomination, Kristol will snipe from the sidelines fro the next 4 years.
Boy, oh boy! Is Kristol and company in for a major rude awakening. I hope that DH and I are a clear microcosm of center-right America and I’ll say this...there’s no way in hell we’re going to vote for someone just because it’s that person or an Obama second term. I’d rather have an Obama second term with hopefully with a Republican controlled congress than to have to hold my nose and vote for another RINO. NEVER AGAIN!!!!