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  • Kristol: Look For A Rubio-Fiorina Ticket

    10/22/2015 6:08:42 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 62 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com/ ^ | October 22, 2015
    The Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol predicted Thursday that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina will eventually lead the Republican ticket, and that Donald Trump would fade. "Now there's this Trump thing going on, I gather he's going to do OK in the polls for a while, but he's not going to be the nominee. We'll be fine," Kristol told MSNBC. "Rubio-Fiorina or a Fiorina-Rubio ticket's going to win in November everyone should calm down." After MSNBC's panelists prodded him into acknowledging Trump has a chance of winning the nomination, Kristol indicated it might be time for him to...

    09/15/2015 4:27:24 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 45 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | John Nolte
    If frontrunner Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, one of the biggest names in the Republican Establishment, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, says he “doubts” he would support the Democrat in a general election but would “support getting someone good on the ballot as a third party candidate.” “I doubt I’d support Donald. I doubt I’d support the Democrat,” Kristol told CNNMoney via email. “I think I’d support getting someone good on the ballot as a third party candidate.”
  • Conservative pundit Bill Kristol: If Trump wins, I'd support a third-party choice

    09/14/2015 9:59:12 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 80 replies
    cnn ^ | Sept. 14, 2015 | Tom Kludt
    <p>Bill Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, said he would likely look beyond both of the major parties if Trump, the clear frontrunner in the GOP's crowded presidential field, emerged with the party's nomination.</p> <p>"I doubt I'd support Donald. I doubt I'd support the Democrat," Kristol told CNNMoney in an email. "I think I'd support getting someone good on the ballot as a third party candidate."</p>
  • Keith Ellison: 'Proud to Stand' with Rand Paul

    05/24/2015 8:59:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not the endorsement someone heading into the Republican primaries would normally want, but it's the one Rand Paul got. On today's This Week [hosted by Jonathan Karl in the absence of Stephanopoulos], far-left Rep. Keith Ellison declared that on a variety of issues, including opposition to the Patriot Act, he is "proud to stand" with Rand Paul. Roll the video and watch Bill Kristol look on benignly as Ellison praises Paul. You can imagine he was thinking that every Ellison accolade was another chunk of GOP primary voters lost for Kristol's least-favorite Republican candidate. In the unkindest cut, Kristol claimed...
  • Bill Kristol: Hillary in Trouble If Challenged by Dem (Ted Cruz hits the jackpot in Vegas)

    04/27/2015 2:24:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 27, 2015
    Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will be in serious jeopardy if she's challenged by a fellow Democrat, says Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard and an ABC News contributor. "She's in real trouble the moment a Democratic candidate or potential candidate, elected official, attacks her," Kristol said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. ---snip--- Kristol, who attended the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas over the weekend, said he was very impressed with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the first Republican to declare his candidacy for president. "The big story of the weekend was Cruz....
  • Netanyahu’s Moment

    03/01/2015 9:55:19 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Monday, March 9, 2015 | William Kristol
    What does this have to do with Netanyahu? Agree with his policies or not, no one doubts he loves his country. In fact, he seems to like America a lot, too. One suspects that if asked, respondents to the YouGov poll might have judged Netanyahu more of an America-lover than Barack Obama. And they would in a sense have been right. After all, Obama is not just a citizen of America. He’s a citizen of the world. And he’s a disbeliever in American exceptionalism in any sense stronger than the British believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks in Greek...
  • Hell Freezes Over: Paul Krugman, Bill Kristol Agree That Cliven Bundy’s A Law-Breaking Jerk

    04/27/2014 12:32:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 27, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman are undoubtedly on opposite sides of America’s political spectrum. But the conservative commentator and liberal economist came to a rare point of agreement on Sunday: regardless of his comments on race, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s law-breaking stand against the federal government is inexcusable. Kristol and Krugman appeared on ABC’s “This Week” to discuss Cliven Bundy’s racially insensitive comments published earlier this week. Once seen as a right-wing folk hero for his stand against the Bureau of Land Management’s push to reclaim grazing fees he owed the Feds, Republican...
  • Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?

    04/16/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/16/2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the UN censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported [link at URL] that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene. A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed...
  • Bill Kristol: Bush-Clinton Presidential Race Not Likely

    04/08/2014 3:22:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wanda Carruthers
    It's not likely the race for president in 2016 will pit former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted. "I'm willing to go out on a limb," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016."
  • Bill Kristol: Palin Would Be 'Formidable' Presidential Candidate

    02/07/2014 2:46:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 6, 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin would prove "formidable" in a 2016 run for president, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted Thursday. "She's a huge political talent. She has a real populist streak, and a real feel for, sort of, middle America in a way that very few politicians do," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "The truth is, she might be kind of formidable," he added.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Her biggest obstacle, Kristol maintained, would be explaining why she stepped down as Alaska's governor before serving her entire term. Kristol advised the next Republican nominee to "spend some time...
  • Kristol Loses It over Chuck Todd’s Suggestion Palin Might Run for President for the Money

    02/06/2014 2:23:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 6, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    In his new “Kristol Clear” prediction segment on Morning Joe, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol augured Thursday morning that Sarah Palin might run for president in 2016. “I mean, why wouldn’t she run?” he asked, causing NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd to answer what was probably a rhetorical question. “I think it’s a financial reason,” Todd said. “To get back into the spotlight. Get the speaking fees back up. You know, there’s some question in my mind about [Mike] Huckabee’s motivation, how much of that is about — you know, there’s a lot of people who run for...
  • The August IAEA Report on Iran: Key Takeaways

    09/24/2013 7:37:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 4 replies
    Arms Control NOW ^ | 8/28/2013 | Kelsey Davenport and Daryl G. Kimball
    Iran is continuinh to make slow but steady progress on its nuclear program according to the August 2013 quarterly repory [URL at link] by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Tehran continues to install more centrifuges including its second generation model. Iran's accumulated its stockpiles of uranium to 3.5 percent hashas increased modestly while the quantity of uranium hexaflouride enrichef to 20 percent remains roughly the same as teported in May. Iran is also moving forward on construction of its heavy water reactor at Stak, which could potentially provide it with a second path to producing material for nuclear weapons,...

    09/22/2013 7:22:31 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 151 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Sept. 18,2013 | LiveLeak
    A young Christian girl beheaded in Syria. The sign of extremism and fanatics, the long beards, is present in each and everyone of these subhuman Muslims who killed this small child, in their jihad to Allah – inspired by the Quran. This is Obama, Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey funded and supported handiwork. Don’t put your support behind any of these people, whether for military action in Syria, asylum, immigration, another hate preaching mosque. This is what is moving into your town, your country, your society, your neighborhood: video... This video is written with false propaganda claiming...
  • Why Kristol symbolizes everything wrong w/GOP: Thinks Palin doesn’t have a future’ in U.S. politics

    08/21/2013 5:42:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Last Tradition Blog ^ | August 20, 2013 | Samuel Gonzalez
    Bill Kristol once referred to himself as a “squish” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Yet for some reason the GOP establishment holds Kristol in high regard when I think the man projects the intestinal fortitude of a sponge. Kristol is what passes for masculine strength in today’s Republican Party. So it’s no wonder the Party has become a collection of cream puffs who have abandoned their conservative principles. The only time the GOP shows some fight is when they attack conservatives. They never seem to muster that kind of moxie against Barack Obama and the Democrats. But, with conservative Republicans they become junkyard dogs. So...
  • Bill Kristol Doesn't Want Any More Credit for Sarah Palin's Career (Elspeth, again)

    08/20/2013 6:12:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | August 20, 2013 | Elspeth Reeve
    When Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol suggested on Sunday that Sarah Palin restart her political career by running for Senate, people noticed, because more than anyone else —more than John McCain, the candidate who picked her as his running mate, more than Steve Schmidt, the adviser who urged McCain to do it — Kristol is credited with launching Palin's career. On Tuesday, Kristol made it clear he does not want all that credit (or blame). On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Nicolle Wallace, who was Palin's aide during the 2008 campaign, asked Kristol, "How did you feel as sort of being branded...
  • Bill Kristol Backs Off Palin Comments: ‘I Don’t Think She Has a Future’

    08/20/2013 11:53:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 20, 2013 | Evan McMurry
    Bill Kristol appeared on Morning Joe Tuesday morning and distanced himself from comments he made on an ABC online interview Sunday about Sarah Palin’s path back into political power, saying he gave a dispassionate answer to a question about her political future, and was not actually encouraging her to run. “I was asked, ‘Does Sarah Palin have a future?’ and I just tried to give an analytical answer, which is I don’t think she does having resigned as governor,” Kristol said. “I said, ‘I’m not urging this.’ This is useful to think outside the box, not just accept the conventional...
  • How To Win Elections

    06/30/2013 8:35:36 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 78 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 06/30/13 | Alan Levy
    In the days after the whimpering defeat of Mitt Trotsky, the RINO National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (whoever the hell he is) did an "autopsy" on the Republican Party. In this "autopsy", it was determined that the Republican Party needed a "bigger tent". The gist of the report was this: The party was too white, too Christian, and too male. The only way to get out of the loser's bracket was to pander to as many minorities as possible. What a load of crap. You see ladies and gentlemen, regardless of what the hapless Bill Kristol will tell you, regardless...
  • Bill Kristol On Fox News: 'Republicans Are Making A Huge Mistake' Conflating IRS And NSA Scandals

    06/10/2013 9:57:12 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 103 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 9, 2013 | Evan McMurry
    On Fox News Sunday, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol cautioned against conflating the various Obama scandals with the new revelations of NSA surveillance. "Conservatives and Republicans are making a huge mistake," Kristol predicted.
  • He’s No Nixon

    05/21/2013 11:59:46 AM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 21, 2013 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    Mr. Kristol protests matching Obama to Nixon and asks "Will no one stand up for Richard Nixon?" via Drudge
  • Old stale RINO Bill Kristol calls Rand Paul ‘Neo-Isolationist’ and 'dangerous' (Video)

    03/18/2013 6:25:55 PM PDT · by pacificpundit · 30 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | 3/18/13 | FAM Blog
    What do Bill Kristol, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Karl Rove and other old, stale RINO hacks all have in common? They fear Rand Paul and the new generation of libertarian-conservatives or constitutional-conservative. Bill Kristol went on America Live with Megyn Kelly to whine about how ‘dangerous’ the ‘Neo-Isolationist’ Rand Paul is. Kristol also declared that Paul has no political future or something.
  • Republican ‘Old Guard’ Rips Into Rand Paul

    03/11/2013 10:40:00 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 19 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-11-13 | Curt
    The old guard....that old guard that gave us McCain and Romney to sacrifice at the altar of Obama, knowing full well they would lose....is at it again pulling out the knives and placing them into the backs of the new guard. The guard that has actual idea's, that actually has courage, that is willing to take on the old crony's. Here's Bill Kristol, that champion of the old guard: Was it, as Seth Lipsky suggested in a column in the New York Post, “wonderful,” signifying both that “our country is in a constitutional moment” and “the rise of a new...
  • Kristol Slams 'Establishment' For 'Rebrand' Of Party

    02/06/2013 8:09:31 AM PST · by bigbob · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2-6-13 | Breitbart
    Commentator Bill Kristol laughed off attempts of the "establishment" to "come to the rescue" of the Tea Party on Fox News last night. Kristol said that the "establishment" candidates lost the election, not the Tea Party.
  • Bill Kristol starting “reformist” nonprofit to “recraft Republican fiscal policies”?

    01/07/2013 3:57:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 7, 2013 | Allahpundi
    Just a rumor for now, but worth flagging given his pull with establishment Republicans and the fact that it jibes with Friday’s news about the Beltway GOP trying to exert more influence on the party after November’s Senate debacle. Plus, Kristol and his allies have been talking about starting a “reformist” organization to recraft Republican fiscal policies and champion a rising generation of Republicans, such as Kristol favorites Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. The hypothetical group, modeled on the defunct Democratic Leadership Council, would join an expanding network of media platforms and...
  • Kristol: It won't kill us if we raise taxes on millionaires (Shut Up Bill!)

    11/12/2012 8:07:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2012 | Rick Moran
    This is called surrendering before the war starts: Conservative commentator and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said Sunday the Republican Party should accept new ideas, including the much-criticized suggestion by Democrats that taxes be allowed to go up on the wealthy. ***** "It won't kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "It really won't, I don't think. I don't really understand why Republicans don't take Obama's offer." "Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic...
  • President Romney

    10/22/2012 8:00:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10/22/12 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    Mitt Romney is more than holding his own with Barack Obama tonight. Only two other challengers have done as well debating foreign policy with an incumbent president—Ronald Reagan against Jimmy Carter in 1980 and, to a lesser degree, Bill Clinton against George H.W. Bush in 1992. Reagan and Clinton won. Romney is now on track to becoming the third challenger to win in the last 32 years—and the first in 80 years to defeat an incumbent who didn't have a primary challenge. Tonight, Romney seems as fully capable as—probably more capable than—Barack Obama of being the next president. He probably...
  • The Weekly Standard Podcast: Bill Kristol Takes On Joe Biden's "Malarkey"

    10/12/2012 9:24:54 AM PDT · by suspects · 5 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 12, 2012 | Bill Kristol
    Podcast: Kristol Reacts to the Vice Presidential Debate
  • Best Debate Performance By a GOP Presidential Candidate in More than Two Decades

    10/03/2012 8:44:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 03, 2012 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    Best Debate Performance By a GOP Presidential Candidate in More than Two Decades OCT 3, 2012 • BY WILLIAM KRISTOL With Mitt, at last, Republicans can sleep easy. Agree with him or not, this is a man who’s not about to be stumped. Romney’s verbal repertoire even extends to a capability that Republicans had forgotten still existed: nuance. Romney displayed his adeptness in the New Hampshire debate three weeks ago when parrying a challenge about the complexity of his 59-point plan from Herman Cain. Without hesitation, and with no hint of condescension, Mitt explained “that simple answers are always very...
  • Back Off, Bill Kristol!

    09/23/2012 10:23:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | September 23, 2012 | Burt Prelutsky
    I keep hearing a lot of moaning at the bar from the right wing; most notably from Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard. It seems like every time I see this guy, whom I refer to as “The Wincer” because he always looks like he thinks he’s about to be slugged, he’s going off on Mitt Romney. No matter what Romney says or does, Kristol and a few of his fellow ivory tower pinheads can’t wait to dissect it, as if they’re performing the world’s longest autopsy. I’ll admit that Romney doesn’t always say things in the best way possible,...
  • To Bill Kristol, Et Al: Shut The Heck Up!

    09/21/2012 10:07:34 AM PDT · by thefoundersrock · 21 replies
    The Average American Blog ^ | 09/21/12 | The AverageAmericanBlogger
    We are in serious trouble people! We are facing an existential threat. And you’re shooting off round after round of friendly fire? What the heck is wrong with you? Did your Ivy League educations leave you incapable of common sense? Do you just have a desperate need to fit in at Washington Christmas parties? It’s enough to make you wonder whose side you’re on. Maybe you could point that gun in the other direction? (Rhetorically speaking, of course…eyeroll)
  • A Note on Romney’s Arrogant and Stupid Remarks

    09/20/2012 7:55:45 AM PDT · by muwarriors92 · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 18, 2012 | Bill Kristol
    So we have in 2012 two presidential candidates who—when they thought they were speaking privately to their fellow 1 percenters—have shown contempt for fellow Americans. Mitt Romney Here's Barack Obama, on April 6, 2008, in San Francisco: "You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
  • Is That An Avalanche I Hear?

    08/19/2012 9:32:26 AM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    hughhewitt.com ^ | 8/19/2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    Bill Kristol is exactly right on the impact of the selection of Paul Ryan on grassroots conservatism across the country. Charles Krauthammer helped provide the explanation in his Friday column and it comes down to this: Paul Ryan is thoroughly conservative --a reliable, electable conservative-- who also provides the sort of charismatic leadership the center-right has longed for since Reagan and which George W. Bush could only provide at intervals and usually only on the war. Thus in Ryan there is a long term promise of renewal of the party and the movement, one preceded by the rise of the...
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being a ‘GOP Pro’

    08/14/2012 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Agust 14, 2012 | WIlliam Kristol
    I’m reassured—indeed, encouraged—indeed, buoyed!—by this morning's Politico article, "GOP pros fret over Paul Ryan." "GOP pros" are the stupidest part of "the stupid party." For one thing, they're not very professional—why are they using the press to take shots at the Ryan pick in the first place? For another, they're cowardly—“nearly all the Republican professionals interviewed for this story said they would share their unfiltered views only 'on background' rules of attribution." Most of all, they're a terrific contrarian indicator. When "GOP pros" are most full of fear and apprehension about Republican prospects—for example, Reagan in 1980, Gingrich in 1994,...
  • Pelosi: President Obama's Been to Israel ‘Over and Over Again’

    07/28/2012 10:22:00 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Pelosi: President Obama's Been to Israel ‘Over and Over Again’ William Kristol July 28, 2012 10:43 AM Daniel Halper has called attention to Nancy Pelosi's remarkable interview with Al Hunt on the topic of Barack Obama and Israel. I'd note one comment in particular: Pelosi's claim that President Obama "has been there [Israel] over and over again." Wow. I'm involved with the Emergency Committee for Israel. We have an ad up in several states calling attention to the fact that President Obama, who's been quite the world traveler, has never visited Israel as president. Did we make a terrible mistake?...
  • Bill Kristol: Romney camp has reason to ‘worry’

    Political analyst Bill Kristol on Sunday added to conservative criticism of Mitt Romney's campaign, saying it was a troubling sign that Obama was still ahead in the polls despite a still weak economy. "I think the Fox News poll actually has the key to what the problem is for the Mitt Romney campaign. Do you think Barack Obama has a clear plan for improving the economy or not? Yes, 41; no 53. It's not great for an incumbent president. The economy is slow. And you are only at 41-53," said Kristol. "Do you think his challenger, Gov. Romney, has a...
  • New York Times: Obama Is a Socialist

    05/09/2012 10:34:57 AM PDT · by yoe · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 8, 2012 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    We've been skeptical of the arguments by some of our brethren on the right that Barack Obama is a quasi-socialist or a crypto-socialist ... or just a plain old socialist. But now the New York Times is weighing in, in favor of the proposition. In an article (Change in Paris May Better Fit U.S. Economic Positions)" the Times reports:"With the victory of the Socialist candidate, (François Hollande), in the French presidential election, the White House has lost one of its closest allies on the Continent, but perhaps gained one with economic policy beliefs more closely aligned with its own....Mr. Hollande...
  • Why February Could Matter {Kristol: "Santorum ...A Better Chance Than Gingrich To Upset Romney"]

    02/02/2012 10:50:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 01, 2012
    Why February Could Matter FEB 1, 2012 • BY WILLIAM KRISTOL I wonder if three features of the race as it stands today aren't being a bit neglected: 1. Turnout: The Romney-Gingrich slugfest in Florida appears to have produced slightly fewer than 1.7 million voters in this year's primary. That's down by about 12 percent from the 1.94 million who voted in 2008. Not a good sign for the GOP in this key swing state, especially following a flat GOP turnout in Iowa and only a slight uptick in New Hampshire (also swing states). Both of those states have open...
  • Debate Winner: Mitch Daniels [So Says Weekly Standard Editor, Bill Kristol]

    01/23/2012 9:27:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 92 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 23, 2012 | WILLIAM KRISTOL
    Debate Winner: Mitch Daniels JAN 23, 2012 BY WILLIAM KRISTOL I’ve got to think Monday night’s debate further swelled the groundswell of support for Mitch Daniels. The liveliest part of the debate was at the beginning, when Mitt went after Newt—and Republicans all over America watched with fascinated horror at the thought that these are the two GOP frontrunners. The only spectacle in American politics more off-putting than Newt Gingrich in self-righteous defense mode is Mitt Romney in self-righteous attack mode. I thought Mitt’s attacks were somewhat more dishonest than Newt’s defenses were disingenuous, but it was good to move...
  • We REALLY Do Not Know (who will be the GOP nominee, could be someone not in the race yet)

    12/13/2011 7:28:51 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 86 replies
    Weekly standard ^ | Bill kristol
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that we do not know who the GOP presidential nominee will be: It could be Mitt Romney—though our warnings in this space a couple of weeks ago that his victory is by no means inevitable seem increasingly justified by the dynamics of the race. The nominee could be Newt Gingrich—whose rise in the polls has been spectacular, and whose skills and appeal are still widely underestimated by many elites, including conservative elites [....] It could be someone not yet in the race. If the Gingrich surge turns into a Newt bubble, and if...
  • Is GOP Absorbing the Tea Party, or Is the Establishment Toppling? (GOP wants to "control" you)

    10/30/2011 8:32:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 2011-10-20 | Kenric Ward
    Is the GOP co-opting the tea party movement, or are tea partiers taking down the establishment and sending the RINOs packing? A lengthy New York Times magazine article this week quoted several establishment Republicans crowing over what they see as the demise of the two-year-old tea party activism. Bill Kristol, the neoconservative editor of the Weekly Standard and a Fox News contributor, said the tea party peddles "an infantile form of conservatism."Veteran Republican strategist Scott Reed took the disdain one step further, saying the GOP is steadily co-opting the grass-roots movement. "That’s the secret to politics: trying to control a...
  • Kristol still believes in Ryan-Rubio 2012

    07/31/2011 12:48:27 PM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/31/2011 | unk.
    Weekly Standard editor William Kristol still holds out hope that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will be on a national presidential ticket in 2012. "Ryan-Rubio or Rubio-Ryan would be a very strong ticket," Kristol said on "Fox News Sunday." "It should be Ryan-Rubio, but if Paul Ryan is a little hesitant to seize the moment, I think Marco Rubio will have to do it and make Paul Ryan his vice president" Any chance that happens, asked Fox host Bret Baier. "Yes," Kristol answered. "I think Republican primary voters would welcome a Ryan-Rubio ticket"
  • Obama's "Baby Talk"

    07/25/2011 9:17:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 25, 2011 | Bill Kristol
    Baby Talk Bill Kristol I was struck by these sentences in President Obama’s speech: "Now, what makes today’s stalemate so dangerous is that it has been tied to something known as the debt ceiling – a term that most people outside of Washington have probably never heard of before. Understand – raising the debt ceiling does not allow Congress to spend more money. It simply gives our country the ability to pay the bills that Congress has already racked up." Consider the condescension implicit in the president’s statement—“a term that most people outside of Washington have probably never heard of...
  • Palin splits with neocon advisers

    05/03/2011 8:24:13 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 183 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/03/2011 | Ben Smith
    Sarah Palin has parted ways with the neoconservative foreign policy advisers who had been writing speeches and advising her on policy since she joined the McCain campaign. An aide to Palin, Tim Crawford, confirmed that Orion Strategies' Randy Scheunemann and Michael Goldfarb are no longer working for her PAC. They parted, both sides said on good terms. "Randy flat out said, 'We can't give you the time,'" Crawford said. (snip) Crawford said they've been replaced by Peter Schweizer, a writer and fellow at the Hoover Institution who blogs regularly at Andrew Breitbart's Big Peace. The personnel shift carries an ideological...
  • For GOP: Pawlenty vs. Romney is the Main Event (RINO-licious!)

    05/01/2011 10:41:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Frum Forum ^ | May 1, 2011 | David Frum
    Bill Kristol posts that he now believes that Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee and Michelle Bachmann will indeed all declare. The National Journal simultaneously reports that a Newt Gingrich declaration is imminent. Haley Barbour is definitely out. Marco Rubio is definitely out. Mitt Romney is clearly in. Tim Pawlenty is clearly in. Trump incredibly also seems inbound. Chris Christie, Sarah Palin, and Paul Ryan remain wild cards. Here’s one way to analyze what happens next. I sort the Republican candidates into three piles: CANDIDATES WHO COULD WIN THE NOMINATION Christie Pawlenty Ryan Romney (Bachmann is too obviously crazy. Daniels will be...
  • Enter Mitch, Michele, and Mike [Kristol says Daniels, Bachmann and Hucakbee will run]

    05/01/2011 5:33:04 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 33 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 1, 2011 | Bill Kristol
    Enter Mitch, Michele, and Mike The GOP presidential race begins to get interesting. 6:07 PM, May 1, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL Mitch Daniels is likely, I’m told, to announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination in the next couple of weeks. Michele Bachmann will, I think, enter the race in June. And it now looks as if Mike Huckabee is also going to run. Saturday evening, while tout Washington was “enjoying” the White House Correspondents Dinner—and while some of us, I might add, were truly enjoying the lovely wedding of Mary Katharine Ham and Jake Brewer—Mike Huckabee was...
  • You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby ( Bill Kristol slobbering over Obama's speech tonight)

    03/28/2011 7:58:23 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 74 replies
    weeklystandard ^ | Monday March 28, 2011 | Bill Kristol
    President Obama’s unapologetic, freedom-agenda-embracing, not-shrinking-from-the-use-of-force speech. I knew pretty early on during tonight’s speech that President Obama had rejoined—or joined—the historical American foreign policy mainstream. It was when he mentioned Charlotte (the city, not the spider): At this point, the United States and the world faced a choice. Gaddafi declared that he would show “no mercy” to his own people. He compared them to rats, and threatened to go door to door to inflict punishment. In the past, we had seen him hang civilians in the streets, and kill over a thousand people in a single day. Now, we saw...
  • Is Bill Kristol Insane? "Give War a Chance"

    It’s not war but a “time-limited, scope-limited military action.” The United States has been in the lead, but will be stepping back, ASAP, in favor of command (supposedly) by a squabbling coalition of the not-so-willing. The objective of the “kinetic military action”—which is going to last days, not weeks, unless it does last weeks—isn’t regime change in Libya. Our broader objective, however, is to topple Muammar Qaddafi. The commander in chief, meanwhile, is floating above the fray, hovering over his divided administration and his muddled policy. And yet we’ll probably succeed. The Obama administration deserves much of the criticism it’s...
  • Bill Kristol’s Moronic Quote of the Day

    03/23/2011 3:55:06 PM PDT · by DB9 · 60 replies · 1+ views
    C4P ^ | March 23, 2011 | Doug Brady
    Today’s moronic quote of the day belongs to Weekly Standard (Weakly Standard?) editor Bill Kristol, and it wasn’t even close. Via CBS News (emphasis mine): “I have a high regard for Sarah Palin, but I will say I’ve been disappointed since she resigned as governor,” he said. “I thought she had a real chance to take the lead on a few policy issues, do a little more in terms of framing the policy agenda. I don’t think she’s done that." So, according to this beltway genius, she hasn’t taken the lead on ”policy issues” or helped with “framing the policy...
  • Kristol: Palin probably won't, shouldn't be nominee

    03/23/2011 9:47:13 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 356 replies
    Politico ^ | March 230, 2011 | Ben Smith
    Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol was among Sarah Palin's earliest Washington admirers, and helped bring her to the national stage, but he said this week that while he still admires her, he questions her choices and doesn't think she should be the Republican nominee for president.
  • The Discrete Charm of the Neo Cons

    02/17/2011 6:28:44 AM PST · by Stepan12 · 36 replies
    GrasstopsUSA ^ | February 16, 2011 | Don Feder
    The night they drove old Hosni down — and all the neo-cons were singing. Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol was the kapellmeister. Prior to the exit of Beast Mubarak, Kristol (in yet another of his Olympian pronouncements), thundered: “The United States must support the Egyptian awakening, and has a paramount moral and strategic interest in real democracy in Egypt and freedom for the Egyptian people. The question is how the U.S. government can do its best to help the awakening turn out well.”How do we know neo-cons aren’t really conservatives? Conservatives are realists. They confront reality without ideological blinders. They...
  • Now we know Palin has no chance in '12: Kristol--who first discovered her--turns on her

    02/08/2011 4:48:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Salon's War Room ^ | February 8, 2011 | Justin Elliott
    <p>Bill Kristol, the influential Weekly Standard editor, is a famously opportunistic pundit. So it's very bad news for Sarah Palin that even Kristol appears to have given up on a Palin presidential campaign this year.</p> <p>Kristol went out of his way on MSNBC this morning to express disappointment with Palin, a striking shift for a man who has been Palin's most prominent champion in the press since he met her on a cruise in Alaska in 2007.</p>