Just over four years ago, after George W. Bush was reelected by the smallest margin for an incumbent since Woodrow Wilson held off Charles Evans Hughes in 1916, a palpable sense somehow took hold in much of the media that Karl Rove's concept of a "permanent Republican majority" had been realized.
In this climate, it Read More
Bill Kristol’s column for The New York Times has come to an end. Today’s installment of his year-old Op-Ed column ends with a curt note that reads, "This is William Kristol’s last column."
From the very start of his column last year, Mr. Kristol drew criticism from writers like The Atlantic‘s James Fallows, Read More
Earlier today, William Kristol was sitting alone by the entrance of Michael’s checking his Blackberry. Mr. Kristol was there at the behest of the Independent Film Channel to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Arianna Huffington (and featuring Pete Hamill, Chrisopher Buckley, and Mr. Kristol) to help promote The IFC Media Project, a Read More
And now the fun part begins.
The New York Times‘ Elisabeth Bumiller has an A1-promoted story headlined Internal Battles Divided McCain and Palin Camps, in which she reveals all about the Republican candidates’ failed bid for the White House. This comes a day after Newsweek broke new ground on the Governor’s campaign Read More
Last night William Kristol, erstwhile brain to Vice President Dan Quayle, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s most ardent admirer, and—when he has some time—editor of The Weekly Standard and once-weekly columnist for The New York Times, appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night.
Mr. Kristol mostly just Read More
The New Republic performed a service for journalists and bloggers the world over by posting Jacob Weisberg’s oft-cited March 12th 1990 article "The Veep’s Keeper" in which he dubbed then-chief of staff to the vice president William Kristol "Dan Quayle’s Brain." (Mr. Weisberg’s article comes via a post by Christopher Orr on TNR‘s Read More
In his New York Times column today, William Kristol quotes The Wall Street Journal‘s Peggy Noonan saying of the Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, "In the end the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics."
Ms. Noonan, of course, knows from vulgarity when it comes Read More
It was always difficult to understand why The New York Times felt obliged to devote regular Op-Ed space to the views of William Kristol, but as of today I get it.
What Kristol provides, unlike many writers whose opinions are equally trite and detestable, is a transparent view of the Republican operative brain. Reading him, Read More
Last week, Media Mob took note of a new cliché used by critics, pundits, and journalists to describe the dynamic between Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and ABC News’ Charlie Gibson. Apparently some thought he was very much like a teacher or a professor.
Today, late the party, comes The New York Times‘ Read More
After last night’s debate, New York Times columnist David Brooks was chatting with a group of people. One of them said: “I hear you hired that conservative Bill Kristol.” David Brooks responded: “More like a pseudoconservative.”