Bill Kristol

An Obama-Kristol Foreign Policy Alliance?
April 02, 2009

Bill Kristol has spent much of the past decade warning that Democrats are dispositionally incapable of protecting the United States. But earlier this week, he seemed pleased to discover that President Obama and the Democratic Congress are not actually planning to "surrender" to al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Is Kristol Right?
February 26, 2009

Jon Chait quotes Bill Kristol's column, and I think Jon's inference--that Kristol is not an intellectual but rather a GOP hack--is spot-on. Jon notes: Kristol is saying that Republicans should raise objections about the speed of legislation, pick fights, point to foreign policy -- but not because they actually care about the speed of the legislative process or the other fights they're going to pick. It will all be a pretext to stop Obama's agenda.

Kristol Reveals Gop's Secret Plan
February 26, 2009

Remember when Mike Schaffer wrote that Bill Kristol's column was "immensely useful" because he was "shunning the responsibilities of a public intellectual and instead writing an amoral column that might have been drafted by a paid political operative of the sort Kristol used to be"? This is the kind of thing he was talking about: [Conservatives and Republicans] should do their best not to permit Obama to rush his agenda through this year. They can't allow Obama to make of 2009 what Franklin Roosevelt made of 1933 or Johnson of 1965.

Conservatism And A Tale Of Two Kristols
February 09, 2009

Having just published a book on the future of liberalism, I was immediately attracted to Sam Tanenhaus's essay on the future of conservatism. Two questions are worth asking. Is conservatism really in as much trouble as he claims? And if it is, will liberalism make a comeback?

Conservatism And A Tale Of Two Kristols
February 09, 2009

Having just published a book on the future of liberalism, I was immediately attracted to Sam Tanenhaus's essay on the future of conservatism. Two questions are worth asking. Is conservatism really in as much trouble as he claims? And if it is, will liberalism make a comeback?

The New Kristol
January 27, 2009

Bill Kristol penned his final New York Times column earlier this week, leaving a slot open for a conservative voice on the paper's pages. But who should it be? We've asked several notable conservatives to select their ideal candidates to fill Kristol's shoes. Here are a few early responses. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform doesn't want the Times to hire another idiosyncratic voice.

The Bill Kristol Fan Club
January 26, 2009

In The Code of the Woosters, P.G. Wodehouse's imperishable masterpiece, Bertie Wooster is reflecting on the tendency of people in love to slightly over-do it when praising a sweetheart: She was trying to give the boyfriend a build-up, and, like all girls, was overdoing it. I've noticed the same thing in young wives, when they are trying to kid you that young Herbert or George or whatever the name may be has hidden depths which the vapid and irreflective observer might overlook... I remember Mrs.

Bk Goes Out With A Bang
January 26, 2009

No, not Burger King: Bill Kristol. As several bloggers have noted, today is his last column for the New York Times. Interestingly, the column is pretty good, and certainly much better than what we've come to expect from his corner of real estate on the editorial page of the nation's greatest and most influential daily newspaper.

Has There Ever Been An Anti-american Inaugural Address?
January 26, 2009

As Chris already noted, today is Bill Kristol's last NYT column. But say this for the man, he left us with something to ponder, to wit: Obama’s speech was unabashedly pro-American. . . This is high praise coming from Kristol. Still, it's puzzling. Although the compliment "pro-American" is a conservative trope, can anyone imagine an Inaugural address that isn't explicitly pro-American? What would that even sound like?

Just Desserts
December 22, 2008

I made a gratuitous crack about Bill Kristol's intelligence in this post, and some time after writing it, I wondered: Had I been unjust to him? I mean, he's the son of two impressive intellectuals (Irving Kristol and Gertrude Himmelfarb), he earned a PhD from Harvard with conservative heavyweight Harvey Mansfield, and over the years he has occasionally shown himself to be a thoughtful guy.

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