Is Kristol (finally) Getting Some Editing?
August 25, 2008
Given Bill Kristol's embarrassing string of mistakes in his NYT column, you have to wonder about his lede in today's offering: The anguished cries of Hillary supporters pierced the midday calm here on Saturday, as Barack Obama confirmed that his vice presidential choice was not Clinton, who got about 18 million votes this year running against him, but rather Joe Biden, who gained the support of a few thousand caucusgoers in Iowa before dropping out of the race. (OK, I didn’t personally hear any anguished cries from my work space near the Pepsi Center.
What's Kristol Up To?
August 14, 2008
Now that Colin Powell has shot down Bill Kristol's report that Powell would be endorsing Obama at the Democratic convention ("I do not have time to waste on Bill Kristol's musings"), you have to wonder: did Kristol have (gasp) ulterior motives for airing this misinformation? Steve Clemons has an interesting theory. It was a play against Powell's--and McCain's--good friend, Richard Armitage: My hunch is that Bill Kristol and friends don't want interest-calculating negotiators and balanced, sensible, pragmatic realists around McCain.
Mike, The Mechanic
July 07, 2008
Will Mike Murphy be brought onto the McCain campaign in a major role? Jason doubts it. Bill Kristol believes so. I, forever statesmanlike, will withhold judgment. Kristol's speculation about Murphy's possible arrival is fascinating, however: So McCain decided it was time for a campaign shake-up. Last week he moved lobbyist Rick Davis aside. He seemed to put Bush-Rove alum Steve Schmidt more or less in charge.
The Kristol Ball Update (week One)
May 19, 2008
Last Friday, we tried to predict what today's Bill Kristol column would be about. To refresh: Using Bush's Knesset speech as the peg, he'll consider the possibility that Barack Obama just might be a terrorist appeaser who totally hearts Iran and Hamas.
Peering Into The Kristol Ball
May 16, 2008
We understand that writing a newspaper column is hard work. But, sweet jeebus, does Bill Kristol have to be this bad at it? Blandly written, intellectually lazy, and--worst of all--hopelessly predictable, his columns will stink up The New York Times' op-ed page for the foreseeable future. Instead of despairing, however, we figured we might as well have some fun with the old gasbag. So, on Fridays, we're going to try to guess what his Monday column will be about.
Attacks from within families are always more hurtful than those from the outside, and so I cannot pretend that Leon Wieseltier's latest personal attack in the pages of TNR isn't painful in the extreme. To be accused of "Jew-baiting" in the pages of a magazine I was once proud and honored to edit, and which I love and support, is an extremely wounding blow. It is also untrue and unfair. And the context proves it. I was outraged when Bill Kristol called Obama a liar about his own Christian faith in The New York Times.
Actually, on second thought, I don't think I would hesitate. From Fox News: FOX'S ANDREW NAPOLITANO: Hey Sen. Lieberman, you know Barack Obama, is he a Marxist as Bill Kristol says might be the case in today’s New York Times? Is he an elitist like your colleague Hillary Clinton says he is? LIEBERMAN: Well, you know, I must say that’s a good question. I know him now for a little more than three years since he came into the Senate and he’s obviously very smart and he’s a good guy.
Best. Columnist. Ever.
April 14, 2008
That would be Bill Kristol, who takes right-wing hackery to ever dizzying heights on today's NYT op-ed page with his inevitable column on Obama's San Francisco remarks. My favorite part is the column's stirring conclusion in which Kristol doesn't just compare Obama to past outoftouchDemocraticelitists Kerry and Gore but actually argues that Obama's more of an outoftouchDemocraticelitist than those two: And what are the grounds for his supercilious disdain?
Kristol Does The Obama Campaign A Huge Favor
March 17, 2008
In case you haven't seen it, the indispensable Marc Ambinder apprears to have caught the Times' resident hack-propagandist making what appears to be a pretty serious error. Here's what Bill Kristol writes in his column this morning: It certainly could be the case that Obama personally didn’t hear Wright’s 2003 sermon when he proclaimed: “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, not God bless America, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people. ...
Meet The Nyt's Newest Columnist
February 25, 2008
It's Steve Doocy! Well, as Noam points out, it might as well be Doocy, since today's Bill Kristol column is basically just a rehash of dumb anti-Obama stuff Doocy already said on Fox News's morning show. To be honest, I don't think I've ever seen Doocy on Fox, but I remember him well from when I was a kid in D.C. and he was Channel 4 News's "goofy" features reporter. I guess stuff like this was perfect preparation for a Times op-ed gig: Yes, this is the man Bill Kristol gets his ideas from. Evidently Jim Vance is too deep a thinker for Kristol to pilfer. --Jason Zengerle