Kristol KNEW what his positions were on things when he was backing him. I knew Powell's positions, for heaven's sake, and I am a housewife in Indiana, not a Beltway pundit!
Either Kristol knew and didn't care, or he is far more ignorant about the people in DC than I could imagine.
There's always the possibility that Kristol knew and cared more about some power trip he was taking than the future of the Republic.
If so, he's not the only one.