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On May 24, 2001, I wrote an op-ed for The Post in the wake of Vermont Sen. James Jeffords’s party switch. I argued that the switch, which cost Republicans control of the Senate, could well turn out to be good for President Bush.

Not entirely for the reasons I speculated on in the op-ed, I turned out to be right. Bush was still able to get enough cooperation to govern over the next year and a half, and he was also able to run successfully against the Democratic Senate in the fall of 2002. The GOP regained control that November.

Similarly and contrarianly, I wonder if today’s Arlen Specter party switch, this time to the president’s party, won’t end up being bad for President Obama and the Democrats. With the likely seating of Al Franken from Minnesota, Democrats will have 60 seats in the Senate, giving Obama unambiguous governing majorities in both bodies. He’ll be responsible for everything. GOP obstructionism will go away as an issue, and Democratic defections will become the constant worry and story line. This will make it easier for GOP candidates in 2010 to ask to be elected to help restore some checks and balance in Washington -- and, meanwhile, Specter’s party change won’t likely have made much difference in getting key legislation passed or not. So, losing Specter may help produce greater GOP gains in November 2010, and a brighter Republican future.

Plus, now the Democrats have to put up with him.

By William Kristol  | April 28, 2009; 4:56 PM ET
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Geez, Kristol. You apparently just don't get it. Jeffords leaving the Republican party was "good"? And now Specter? You're crazy. These defections are proverbial canaries in the coalmine. Don't you see that. When your party's politicians can't even get elected in huge and important swaths of the country, like the Northeast and West Coast, then you have a serious problem. Is your goal to secure minority party status permanently?

I won't complain.

Posted by: tmaffolter | April 28, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Bill.. Arlen is not the only Republican to switch parties during the past several years. Arlen, being a reasonable, honorable man, doesn't fit well with the current set of Palins, Bachmanns, and Kristols.

Posted by: bill_four_oh | April 28, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

If Republican Congressmen switching parties is good for the GOP, then should more of them do so? Why not ten or twenty of them for ten or twenty times the goodness for the GOP?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | April 28, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

And here's the problem with the "ultracons," again. Right away, Mr. Kristol resorts to the same tired arguments and verbiage designed only to "win the half hour." After eight years of an administration and party whose rhetoric most resembles schoolyard oneupsmanship, you'd think that "intellects" like Mr. Kristol would have some sort of new policies to present rather than more of the same "ranking out" we're used to. Checks and balances isn't the issue; political maturity (or lack thereof) is.

Posted by: rogied25 | April 28, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

What a great joke this column is, especially the title.

Posted by: sm11 | April 28, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I accidentally stumbled onto Kristol's commentary while looking to read something well thought out. Is Kristol ever right? Why the hell would it be a good thing for the Republicans? All that's left is the reactionary rump. They've no new ideas about the economy but will just continue to argue about gay marriage and abortion at their ridiculous tea parties. No people with any intelligence would touch them with a barge pole.

Posted by: kevingpoconnor | April 28, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Has Kristol ever been correct? He certainly is far right. What a goofball. When we were 16 and playing pool we used to say we had the advantage when the other guy almost ran the table, ?? because all his balls were out of our way. Go get'em Billy.

Posted by: therev1 | April 28, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I really don't think Kristol thinks too long about what he writes nowadays. This was a made-for-tv one-liner which doesn't translate well into the written word. It really takes some arrogance though to scream "good riddance" when your party's membership is at its lowest point in 26 yrs. I certainly don't remember left leaning dems crying good riddance when Shelby of Alabama left the Dems.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | April 28, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

When the center will not hold, and the rude beasts are slouching towards Dixie, their cheers should not get much response from the rest of us. Kristol is still trying to market the Rebublican brand, but as any good marketer will tell you, the worst thing you can do to a bad product is give it strong advertising. So shout louder, Mr. Kristol. We are all noticing.

Posted by: eroot | April 28, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

you live in a dream world. the republican party is fast becoming the party of mainly southern, white men. a brighter republican future? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Posted by: frieda406 | April 28, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Kristol, vigorous supporter of belligerence will probably belong to small camp of right-wing extreme. Good for your new-found home in Washington post, after leaving NY times op-ed! I'm sure, your esteemed opinion will be cherished by the conservative goat-herds for their peril!

Posted by: mouli_7982 | April 28, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I will be extremely happy to see Arlen Specter's obituary notice.

Posted by: hclark1 | April 28, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Billy, the GOP always wins when it loses.

LMAO! You flippin' idiot.

-Wexler

Posted by: WWWexler | April 28, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, just like impeaching President Clinton was "good" for the GOP. They lost the 1998 midterms.
The only reason Bill can offer to vote GOP in 2010 is to stop President Obama's agenda. Trouble is, President Obama won on his agenda 53%-46% last November.

Republicans are still rubber-stamping the most incompetent administration in our lifetime. I doubt the GOP gets back to the table for a few decades. They still don't get why they are losers. Hint: health care, renewal energy, education, and socially liberal legislation.

Posted by: freespeak | April 28, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Kristol says, "..I turned out to be right, not entirely for the reasons I [gave].." Good point, when has Kristol ever been right except by accident? BOYCOTT THE POST UNTIL THE PUBLISHER AND ALL THE NEOCON HACKS ARE OUSTED.

Posted by: hairguy01 | April 28, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

i thought kristol was dead.

Posted by: donaldtucker | April 28, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Kristol never came back to the reality-based world either once BushCo left...

Good news for the GOP? What, that they lost one of the few moderates left? The GOP - the last refuge of racist rednecks and psuedo-religious whack-jobs.

Good news for the GOP?

"Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"

Posted by: vze2r3k5 | April 28, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats will still attempt to blame the GOP for anything and everything, but I agree with Kristol that the argument has even less salience than it did yesterday when the Democrats had only 60 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independants. Obama, Pelosi, & Reid now have 100% ownership over the nation's successes and failures. Whether this is fair or not is one for the philosophers. In practice, in a 2 party system people vote for the incumbants or they vote for the opposition.

Posted by: Dellis2 | April 28, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I suppose whether Obama's unfettered control of the Senate (which he in no way has, despite how the public will see things or how the Republicans will lie about it for political gain) is a good thing for the Republican team really depends on whether the plans he gets through get the job done. Bill's subtext suggests he, like Rush, hope they fail spectacularly, in which case the Republicans will obviously be able to make gains in 2010. If the economy has recovered by then, even mildly, that remains rather unlikely.

The point that this really changes nothing in the short term is well taken, though. Specter won't change many of his votes just because he has a different letter after his name, so the real situation hasn't changed much. I do love that closing line. Can't really figure out why we in PA haven't gotten rid of the guy long since. Lack of credible competition I suppose.

Posted by: clearbeard | April 28, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Excellent analysis.

Now Dem Senators who were secretly pulling for Republican obstruction on various Obama idiocies.......

will have to come out of the Closet.

Also, Liberal Dems will run amok and Conservative Dems could switch to Republicans.

And finally, some Dems will not be able to stomach Obama's destruction of USA economic and political sovereignty and will rebel.

There is a time for all things..

Ecc 3:6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
Ecc 3:7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

Posted by: JaxMax | April 28, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

If Santa Claus died, Kristol would claim it would be good for Christmas shoppers. Now, they no longer need to pretend for the kids.

Posted by: twstroud | April 28, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I rather agree with hairguy, you don't see right wing newspapers rushing out to hire left wing opinion writers. I think it's about time the press took notice that its no longer a bad thing to be a Democrat. Its really not necessary to kowtow to a segment of society that only represents 19% of the population (thats parody btw...the GOP uses that argument against minorities, gays in particular).

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | April 28, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

There were, after all, only 2 things to dislike about Arlen Specter.......

his face.

He will be more at home with Dems.

Posted by: JaxMax | April 28, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Mr Kristol seems to be rewriting history here. The difference between Spector and Jeffords is the difference in majority control in the case of Jeffords. And the Republicans shamelessly used 9/11 to win in 2002. This switch is really adding to a landslide from last year and very likely does not presage a major change. Republicans have already conceded that they might lose more seats, such as NH. Just sounds like whistling past the graveyard to me.

Posted by: rlgauthier | April 28, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse


How come the Post keeps publishing Kristol's garbage?

Kristol should be waterboarded.

Posted by: TomKK | April 28, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Bill, I think you are right in some respects because it helps to solidify the GOP stance - that the Pres and Dems are wild spenders. What I find confusing is that you don't explain if Bush's ability to do stuff was good or bad. I don't think it will be that helpful for our country for one party to rule. There are too many bad/rushed decisions made and not enough discussion. I am an independent who voted for Obama and think that you might be right about 2010 and that the Blue Dog Dems might be ripe for flipping if Obamas plans don't pan out. I don't mind different viewpoints, they are essential for our democracy, but your piece seems a little too "knee jerky". It doesn't seem well thought out and that is unfortunate, because Obama doesn't need yes men he and our country needs a dialog.

Posted by: CEHinBowieMD | April 28, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Are you hoping that the state of the country will be worse just so your party can regain power, Mr. Kristol?

Posted by: pspox | April 28, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I was going to subscribe to the WaPo print edition but no longer, seeing they continue to harbor maniacs like Kristol, Cohen etc who are getting increasingly worse.

Posted by: qualquan | April 28, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

wow, those are some rose colored glasses

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 28, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Perfect....rather than have a party with a voice that matters, Krystol abandons his party to the ol' let 'em hang themselves method of politics.....how freakin' lame could these guys get......the 'Pubes are finished....

Posted by: seakeys | April 28, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like your view is that the best thing for the Republican party is to drive out the remaining moderates. Good luck with that strategy, Bill.

Posted by: tmaffolter | April 28, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Crystal you worked for Dan Quale and you have an opinion hahahahahaaha

Posted by: crrobin | April 28, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The people are beginning to pass the two party system by since members of both parties have failed to believe, speak, and
act in the best interest of the people and the country. Talking heads, lobbyists, campaign contributors and the political class may be snickering at the tea party participants but the symbolic movement was held on terra firma.

Posted by: rbblum | April 28, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

And the Republicans can celebrate this good fortune by kicking out Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.

And I'd love to tell the last Republican to turn out the lights but I hate the hypocrisy of the rest, not their principles or affiliation

Posted by: thinkagain | April 28, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This freak just never stops spinning. Get real! What this clearly is not is good news for the GOP.

Posted by: marecek | April 28, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

William Kristol, you are the biggest farce.

Posted by: lhao333 | April 28, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Kristol, glad to hear you haven't "ended it all". I really don't blame Specter for leaving the GOP - WHO would not get tired of following Rush Limbaugh's orders?

I predict Specter will NOT be the last to leave the GOP...UNLESS:

(1) The GOP makes fundamental changes to its small-minded approach and committment to the America of the 1950's.

(2) The GOP changes its leadership and takes on the farce that is fox news and its pundits...they are NOT helping the GOP.

(3) The GOP works WITH President Obama to get America back on its economic track and back into its leadership position in the world. Resolve our differences later.

America needs a multi-party system, but the GOP seems intent on self-destruction.

Posted by: free-donny | April 28, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Lets hope for more "good news"! How does Kristol continue to function as a columnist? At this point I'm assuming the jokes on us.

Posted by: publicmorse | April 28, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

So the GOP becoming a white southern party is okay with you? As a liberal, I'm fine with it... LOL

Why did the Post hire this guy after his failures at the NY Times?

Posted by: sgtpepper23 | April 28, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Dear Bill:
How pathetic your reasoning is. A big "harumph" on your ridiculous post.
Robert

Posted by: robertgboyd | April 28, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Once, eight years ago, Bill Kristol was possibly, partially, correct. By his own standards.

And future success for his party, according to Kristol, depends on abject failure on the other side of the aisle. Keep whistling that cheery tune, Billy!

Posted by: citizenjane | April 28, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

The rabid right is sure getting good at one thing, whisling in the dark!

Posted by: OleLadySquawking | April 28, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Why Bill Kristol wants the republicans back in can only be because he is one of the 2% who are getting the bush tax cuts and wants to keep it that way.. the republicans are the ones that got the country in this mess.. why would we want them back? they have no new ideas.. just say no is their motto!

Posted by: marionsgotmail | April 28, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"A brighter Republican future?" Kristol is, as usual, delusional.

Interesting to note that Kristol does not lay out an agenda for the party. The Republicans will have, he hopes, no responsibility. On this point, Kristol is right, because when the Republicans had responsibility, they - Kristol notably included - screwed up everything they touched (e.g., Iraq). Kristol hopes "GOP obstructionism will go away as an issue" - he hopes the public will not longer see the Republicans as the "party of no". This, however, will not happen until the Republicans develop an agenda - in other words find something to be for. I don't see that happening in the next 2 years.

Posted by: wmw4 | April 28, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Never mind the fact that Republicans have no chance of attracting independent voters if they keep estranging all the moderates from their ranks. Where do you think all those moderates/independents are going to go?

Posted by: Ballz | April 28, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

What a Maroon

Posted by: mdpilot | April 28, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Is any blow to the Republicans a real blow to the Republicans? I mean, really. This is like congratulating an amputee on reaching their ideal weight.

Posted by: zonkerscm | April 28, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

This. Is. Hysterical!

Kristol hasn't been right about anything for many years, and although you would think that he would go crawl into a hole out of shame for helping to lie us into the useless Iraq war, which has cost us over 4,200 KIA, he's still spouting off and apparently has no soul.

Listen to kos on the current state of the GOP- he is SPOT ON!:

So what's left? How can a regressive, reactionary party continue to function as a national going concern when its message appeals to a shrinking and aging base, and when the nation's youngest voters reject it by a margin of over 30 points?

Well, it can't, not when its base (unlike ours) is dead-set on keeping its party outside of the American mainstream.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | April 28, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

a dead clock is right twice a day.

Mr. Kristol is following that example.

He has no shame about being wrong for the rest of the day.

Posted by: vigor | April 28, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

The White Old Evangelical Southern Party is experiencing a painful case of shrinkage.

Posted by: tmaffolter | April 28, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Ok William! you've lost one senator and you think that's good news for the GOP? Alright! I want to know what you are drinking because jack daniels is not doing it for me, comprende senior!

Posted by: fgerald0204 | April 28, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

No wonder the last eight years of Banana Republicanism were such a disaster with Mad Hatters like Bill Kristol behind it.

Posted by: patrick3 | April 28, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I think I agree that Kristol, Cohen, FoxNews, etc. are getting worse. I even used to watch FoxNews once in a while, but it's getting absurd how revisionist the commentary is now.

I guess it serves the neo-cons right to gradually submerge themselves into a pit of manic single-mindedness after the debacle that was Iraq. People will not forget that, but sadly, I doubt their egos will ever allow them to realize the error of their ways or the offense they have lobbed at those who disagreed with them along the way.

Welcome to your legacy, guys. Hasta.

Posted by: Ballz | April 28, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious! Up is down! Global warming is good for the earth. Torture is okay!

Honestly, does anyone take what Kristol says seriously? This departure was crushing news for the Republicans. And he thinks it's "good news" because what - this means Democrats may implement their policies?

Wow. How intellectually vapid can one be. Seriously, does the Post pay for this commentary. Embarrassing. With Kristol leading the charge, it's no surprise that the Republican party is the butt of a public joke.

Posted by: BFranklin | April 28, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLMAO!!! Stop, you're killing me!! I love comedy when it's well written.

Posted by: LeftCoastNative | April 28, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

It's really surprising to hear the unabashed Republican wish for the failure of our government at large just so they can get back into power.

... I usually refrain from comments like this, but somehow that ridiculous headline and Kristol's smiley picture combine in a way that is quite amusing. It's got that Stuart Smalley look of desperation: "And gosh darn it, the electorate likes us!"

Right.

Posted by: MontaraCA | April 28, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

You go, Bill. You and the rest of the Whig, er, Torture, er, Republican Party keep bashing Arlen. You're only driving him further into our camp. Your name calling just ensures he's more likely to work against you. You're now a regional rump party. You wanted conservative purity -- you're getting it.

Posted by: GoodScout | April 28, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe Kristol is wrong, which would of course continue his long unbroken streak of being just that. Seriously, WaPo, this alternate reality you present on your opinion pages is baffling to me; it makes General Motors management look positively clear sighted by comparison. Fred Hiatt has taken a mediocre but harmless editorial operation and turned it into the Fuhrer's bunker.

Posted by: benjaminanderson | April 28, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

LOL, it is a great news for the GOP indeed. You are one step closer to becoming ideologically pure regional party. Now if you somehow manage to alianate the Maine senators into switching parties you will be pure enough to go goose-stepping into political oblivion. I for one sincerely wish you best of luck in that endeavor.

Seriously though Billy, you truly need to get out of the Beltway now and again so that you know what is going on in the country. Since the novemeber election the number of self-identified republicans has dropped by 14% to a grand total of 21%, yet here you are talking about winning in 2010. Wonder whether what you are smoking is a legal substance. Specter saw the writing on the wall, felt the pressure from the purity police of the clueless right, took a look at the pollling data from PA and made the move. Apparently Specter doesn't smoke what you are smoking.

Well, so long Billy. You are proof positive that ignorance is bliss.

Posted by: OIFVet | April 28, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

By Kristol's logic, if Democrats held 100 seats in the Senate, then that would be good news for the Republicans since Democrats would be solely responsible for public policy.

Honestly, sack this clown, and bring in someone coherent.

Posted by: BFranklin | April 28, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

This Kristol character tried this kind of schlock at the NYTIMES for a couple of months,,he was told to walk.

Posted by: mudbone | April 28, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Kristol is the first mate on the Titanic who kept assuring everyone: the ship is not sinking! the ship is indestructible! Someone tell Kristol there is no room in the lifeboat for him. The water is cold, Billy. Get ready.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | April 28, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

If it weren't for the fact that I once met Bill Kristol in person (an extremely unpleasant experience for us both) I would swear there is no such person -- just a simple computer algorithm programmed to spit out stupid GOP talking points for every occasion.

Maybe I should have asked to see his birth certificate.

Posted by: PeterPrinciple | April 28, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

What a ridiculous use of the Post's OpEd space! This is so totally wrong in so many ways it truly boggleth the mind that ANYONE could ever take this little troll seriously about ANYTHING! Bill,I realize you're trying to put the best face you can on yet another disastrous turn of events for the Republican Party, but your premises are ludicrous. This will NOT make the Democrats wholly responsible for everything that occurs...people WILL tend to remember the past eight years and which party is responsible for little things like the wars, the economy, Katrina and arrogance, cupidity, illegality and criminality in government. All this does is provide a perfect coda for what happened last November...it's the ultimate repufiation of all things Republican and to suggest anything otherwise is either to be blined by the great white light of stupidity, or of ideology...or both! RIP, GOP...You did it to yourselves!

Posted by: PETETENNEY | April 28, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Is there a bigger a=-=-=-hole than Kristol?

Posted by: ravitchn | April 28, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

From TomKK
"Kristol should be waterboarded"
_______________________________________

Amazing how liberals in their pathological hatred are willing to use techniques they say they "hate"

Great article, Bill, I understand where you're coming from. What the Democrats/Liberals do not understand is the law of "unintended consequences"

Time will be the judge.

Posted by: jimbob5 | April 28, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Bill you're a genius. It was great for Bush that Jeffords defects and this is even better! What a moron.

Posted by: fletc3her | April 28, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, jimbob5, one poster said pro-torture advocate Kristol should himself be tortured and that's evidence that liberals are full of pathological hatred? No wonder you understand where Kristol is coming from -- you're just as lost.

Posted by: benjaminanderson | April 28, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Golly gee, the Democrats having a fillibuster free voting block in the Senate is just plain good news for the Republicans. President Obama's election, a Democratically controlled House and Senate, a dramatically shrinking GOP, all just plain good news. Tell me this Mr. Kristol. In your world, is the sky blue?

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 28, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Today, when the GOP Base would reject Dwight Eisenhower as a socialist (having promoted the largest peacetime stimulus program in history, namely the interstate highway system) their party continues its well-deserved implosion. But the full seniority deal is the devil’s bargain. The GOP may have kept a vote and gained a mole.

Posted by: raschumacher | April 28, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, benjaminanderson, this implicates more than just Kristol and Jimbo5 -- the entire Republican party seems to be run by people who didn't show up when it counted.

Kristol can easily advocate torture because he's never been in a position to ever have to worry about it. He can advocate war and shrug off the death of thousands of civilians because he has never been. He can play down economy's crash because he insulates himself from the working class.

For him it is all an abstract, academic exercise - he can say anything, because he neither suffers nor comprehends the consequence of his positions.

Posted by: BFranklin | April 28, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Well Bill, as my teenage daughter would say, "W.E!"

[Whatever!]

Posted by: rebeccajm | April 28, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Kristol was too much the simpering fool for the Times, but not for the Post.

Posted by: hellslittlestangel1 | April 28, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Is any blow to the Republicans a real blow to the Republicans? I mean, really. This is like congratulating an amputee on reaching their ideal weight.

Posted by: zonkerscm | April 28, 2009 6:16 PM
*******************

Oh, great! Now you just caused me to soil myself, laughing so hard. Thanks!

Posted by: abqcleve | April 28, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

It must have felt great to right one time in your life. Not to burst your bubble or anything but you were not right then and you are not right now

Posted by: vwallen@bellatlantic.net | April 28, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Kristol says "...losing Specter may help produce greater GOP gains in November." That may be true. Pigs may also fly.

Posted by: m_richert | April 28, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

"So, losing Specter may help produce greater GOP gains in November 2010, and a brighter Republican future."

Now THAT's what i'd call putting lipstick on a pig.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 28, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Will it help the Republican Party?

If you want to know what's wrong with the Republican Party is the question itself.
The real question is whether it will help the US? The nation just overwhelmingly elected a new president who based his campaign on ideas rather than partisanship. We can argue whether that is true or smoke, but until Republicans understand people are sick of partisanship, they are doomed to name-calling.

By the way, I'm a moderate Republican who found Arlen Spector to be a breath of fresh air. Do they want me to switch parties too?

Posted by: amaikovich | April 28, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

BF, you speak truth. Kristol is a PR man, and nothing more, not a political thinker nor a journalist. I wouldn't mind rightwing pundits if they were selected on some meritocratic basis, but the current roster here is just dismal, with little original thought or even energy. Are there really no up and coming, reality-based conservative thinkers that could have been hired instead of this abject failure? If not, that's a sad commentary on conservatism; if so, that's a sad commentary on Fred Hiatt.

Posted by: benjaminanderson | April 28, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Billie-Baby, you one smarmy bee-atch, for sure.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | April 28, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Billyboy seems to have forgotten that the one thing that saved Dubya's first term was his disastrous non-handling of 9-11 and the rallying of the public after that.
The electorate expects things to improve, but not overnight. If, as predicted, the economy starts pulling up in 2010, the Dems will claim ownership of the success. The GOPpers will claim, what? The growth of the teabag industry?
The big question is, will this desertion discourage the right's attacks on other moderate Republicans, or will we see more moderate Republicans jump ship? If McCain gets beat in the primary, will he take a clue from Joementum and run as an independent?

Posted by: northguy3 | April 28, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Bill, You've got to cut back on the LSD and the Crack.

You've moved way beyond self-parody and now just soil yourself in public.

You make "Bagdad Bob" look like Jesus.

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | April 28, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Why is this man an opinion writer for the Post? His head is so far up his a**, he could blow his brains out by farting. Talk about sour grapes. Bill, you actually think it is great that the party of dinosaurs lost another senate seat? This is all you can come up with as your party implodes before your very eyes?

Until the GOP decides to ditch the radical wingnuts and talk to middle America, you will continue to lose supporters. It has become the party of white seniors, evangelicals, the old confederacy and mormons. This country needs two strong parties Bill. You and your ilk need to go.

Posted by: Midknight | April 28, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
28 April 2009

Like a true diehard conservartive right-winger, William Kristol is downgrading the significance of Senator Arlen Specters's bolting the Republican party and joining the Democratic party.

Once Democratic Al Franken finally is decided the winner in his senatorial race against incumbent Norm Coleman, as very likely he will, the Democrats will have the filibuster-proof 60 Democratic votes they need in the Senate.

For once in a long, long time it will be possible for the Congress and President Obama to cooperate and collaborate on many of the big issues and problems which former administrations simply left to fester because they feared the political consequences of dealing with them decisively.

Now, America can look forward to more decisive action on the severe economic crisis bedevilling the country, traceable to Republican devotion to "little or no government," "little or no regulation," "free enterprise," "the 'Invisible Hand" as the reliable arbiter of booms and busts," and "trickle-down economics."

And not only that. Chances are looking good for Mr. Obama and the Congress now being able to successfully tackle universal health care, energy and education.

I can just imagine how red Rush Limbaugh's face is going to be on Arlen Specter's decision to join the Democratic party. Expect him to rant on it, with the able help of the likes of Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter and other right-wing media personalities.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | April 28, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

: : : : sand : : : : sand : : : : sand : : : : sand : : : : sand : : : : sand : : : :

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ( Bill Kristol's head ) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

This is why I let my subscription to the print edition lapse. I pay for value, not garbage. There are plenty of good and decent columnists and bloggers on the right who can present the conservative side of an argument honestly and intelligently. Bill Kristol, on the other hand, is a shameless and wholly unprincipled partisan hack. Why the Post picked him up when the NYT dumped him is beyond understanding, unless he somehow obtained compromising photographs of Fred Hiatt. Best to dump them both.

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 28, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's see - when the Repubs had control of all brannches of the government I dont recall Kristol or any other Repub being worried about the lack of checks and balances - and look what Bush wrought.

It's also typical of Repubs these days to resort to the smarmy cracks like Kristol did at the end of his article "Plus, now the Democrats have to put up with him".

One of the reasons so many of us are running away from the Republican Party is because of this bizzare assumption that all Republicans must think exactly alike. If you don't, you're castigated by the party.

Enough is enough, Kristol and his "my way or the highway" ultra conservative buddies can ride the Republican One Trick Pony Party into the sunset.

The rest of us will find a new party that reflects the thoughts and views of the common voter, not the elite, snobish party functionaries who's brains died the day Reagan left office. We want a party that doesn't have a 100 point litmus test - flunk one question and you're not a true believer and not worthy of being a party member.

As for Spector, it's an obvious political ploy to keep his seat at any cost. It's a ploy so typical of elected officials who can't stand the thought of not feeding at the trough of the US taxpayer. They will go to any lenghts to stay in office and keep the perks and goodies.

Like so many of his ilk, he's been there too long. His brain has been clouded by the fog that envelopes most inside the Beltway pols.

It's time for some sunshine in DC and that means most of these old bulls should pack up and go home.

Posted by: stephenrhymer | April 28, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

If this is good for the Republicans, then I wish the Republicans nothing but good.

Posted by: Alexis3 | April 28, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I dropped the Post once the editorial page bent over to cheerlead for the Iraq invasion. What a sad moment for a paper that used to be an industry titan.

And now, stooping to the far right, they bring in this hack.

The best thing we can do is simply stop reading the on-line edition. Granted, I read Kristol's post and it made me laugh. But life is too short to waste on this clown. Until the Post brings on a more serious writer than Kristol, there are other on-line publications that are more worth our time.

Posted by: BFranklin | April 28, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

yeah. right.

Posted by: silverfish1 | April 28, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"Plus, now the Democrats have to put up with him."

No problem there. The Democrats tend to welcome freethinkers and rebels. Independence is not a threatening trait for a Dem to exhibit, after all.

Meanwhile, the GOP can keep trying to appeal to those who are most comfortable when walking in goosestep... errr, lockstep like good little unquestioning automatons.

Posted by: whatmeregister | April 28, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

This is the greatest thing to happen to the GOP since November 4th, 2008!

It's all falling into place! *snicker*

Posted by: cjpotter19 | April 28, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Ohh, Mr. Billlll! (Big foot steps on little clay figure)

Posted by: dudh | April 28, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh sure, I see.

And this is just another minor hiccup in Karl Rove's construction of a permanent Republican majority.

Posted by: HughBriss | April 28, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristol:
Over the last eight years you have lost all credibility as a political and contemporary commentator on our country and the world. Your ideology has clouded any vision you have had for our future and rather than being taken seriously for your thoughts, you are becoming a laughing stock. I can predict with relative certainty every opinion that you will express on a subject and I know that it will be shallow and most uneven. You need to be more introspective before you give your comments because, in fact, you fail your cause by not laying out for your readers the real challenges they are facing.

Posted by: clarkw | April 28, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Implosion ia the best thing in the world for the Republican Party.

Repubicans -- If you don't come up for the third time, can we have your boat?

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | April 28, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

This column is likely a wishful fantasy by a conservative. Obama does not have "unambiguous governing majorities" in both houses of Congress because Democrats are unlikely to vote as a monolithic party bloc on some controversial issues, such as a possible health care mandate and cap, trade policies that will be, in effect, a tax of a thousand dollars or more on most households in this country.

Conservatives need to get a tight grip and realize their agenda of helping the rich, corporate interests, social intolerance, warlike adventures abroad, opposition to helping the needy, support for torture, human rights abuses, is highly unlikely to restore the party to elect a President or majorities in either house of Congress for many years.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | April 28, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Kristol is in denial.

Posted by: smc91 | April 28, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Shorter Bill Kristol: "We're dizzy with success!"

Posted by: puakev | April 28, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Bill, so what you're saying is --

"War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength."

Now, lets see.

Where have we heard that before?

Posted by: PoliticalCommentator | April 28, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Bush governed????

Posted by: dbax | April 28, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Grasping at straws. With Kristol's logic, Obama's victory was good for the GOP. Losing both houses was good for the GOP.

If Kristol ends up being the last GOP-ite in America, he will triumphantly claim it's good for the party!

Posted by: Matthew_DC | April 28, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetic attempt to put a positive spin on another republican debacle... all the while noshing on one of their young...

Posted by: jeffc6578 | April 28, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

oh, bill... you're so dumb! keep up the stupidity... we are laughing AT you.

Posted by: priusdriver | April 28, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

More than good news for the GOP, this is good news for the country. As Kristol's Republican party sinks into insignificance, real American values can be re-established. It's about time.

Posted by: svand | April 28, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Put a whole new spin on the GOP

"Contract With America"!

W

Posted by: George20 | April 28, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Making lemonade out of lemons, eh? Or maybe just trying to.

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | April 28, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

What a stupid thing to say. This is a disaster for the Republican Party. I have no doubt that there are many Republicans who have much, much more respect for Mr. Specter than current party leaders and other vocal (and increasingly dillusional) self-appointed party spokespersons.

Mr. Kristol is not an idiot. He knows full well this is a disaster for Republicans. Why can't he say that? And since he can't, what 'perspective' is this column (his column) supposed to provide?

Posted by: uretards | April 28, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

With Kristol's track record of consistently being wrong about EVERYTHING, I will now take extra joy from Spector's switch of parties. If Kristol thinks this is good for the GOP, it means that it will turn out to be especially disastrous.

Posted by: tgoglia | April 28, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Kristol is like the losing knight in the Monty Python movie The Holy Grail who always looks on the bright side of life (I know, the life of Brian)as he is substantially whittled down.

Posted by: mbeck1 | April 28, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Why do major newspapers continue to publish this man. With a straight face he talks about how Jeffords leaving the Republican fold actually helped Bush retake the Senate in 2002 AS IF THAT WAS A GOOD THING. Doesn't Kristol know as most of the WORLD knows that the eight years of Bush were an unmitigated disaster? He certainly does not sound like he does which makes him either a moron or a TRAITOR.

Maybe Spector's defection will help the Republicans in 2010 but a comment like that should at least be accompanied by an expanation that that would not necessarily be good for this country, that the Republicans with few exceptions DO NOT DESERVE TO HOLD OFFICE, that the Republicans are RESPONSIBLE FOR TAKING THIS COUNTRY DOWN TO THE LOWEST POINT IN MODERN HISTORY.

So stop giving this moron a forum.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | April 28, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

We're 3 months into complete Democratic Rule and they're still playing the blame-game. With a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate - the Democrats have absolutely no shade and no cover in the middle of the worst economic downturn since 1929, the likely bankruptcy of the American Auto Industry, a potential Swine Flu pandemic, two wars, Global Warming and God knows what else. In 2 years the "Blame Republicans" motto of the Democratic Party isn't going to hold water anymore. With 60 seats - they're going to HAVE to get a new excuse. A lot of us voted for Democrats just to shake things up. We can shake things up again if they refuse to play ball.

Posted by: mwcob | April 28, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristol is over-reaching in his analysis of Senator Specter's action today. The 2010 election cycle is still a long way off, and the "checks and balances" argument is likely to be unconvincing to voters.
At the same time, many of my democratic party friends are celebrating a bit too much. Mr. Kristol is right that our democracy functions best when the legislative and executive branches offer a check and balance. I'm a democrat and I wish the republican party were more robust.
However, Mr. Kistol's statement that the democratic party would now have to put up with Senator Specter was, in my judgment, a mean spirited cheap shot. Mark; www.linkedin.com/in/markcoleman1

Posted by: mark631 | April 28, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

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Swing and a miss Kristol... swing and a miss.

You should go back to your lair inside "Fix News" and spew some fabricated news story.

Your demographic (hillbillies) would love it.
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Posted by: A-Voter | April 28, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse


I think so many years of pretending to be a stalwart American republican...

hiding his Israeli agent identity... has

brought Kristol to insanity. That column is goofy.

Is this not a sort of sullied
version of "DON'T THROW ME IN THE BRIAR PATCH"?

Posted by: whistling | April 28, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Kristol came from a far different mold than most people. At least, he is a cheerful guy, always has a smile on his face, even though what he writes for the most part is off the wall. As for Obama and the Dems being responsible for everything now, well, that might just work out best for the country. On the point about 2010, Kristol is a bit too optimistic.

Posted by: rias2500 | April 28, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Bye Bye Kristol keep supporting your commie GOP party, and its Welfare for the Wealthy spending plans, on into your own private insanity. Crazy MacCain Lady, the Self Cutter, the America Hating Lymbaugh Sycophants, miss pigy lipstick and Karl Rove's RoboGOP are all waiting there for you.

Posted by: walker1 | April 28, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

You guys have to remember that this probably IS good for Republicans like Kristol.

Kristol makes a living out of this stuff. Pundits like Kristol and Coulter almost certainly make more money when in opposition. There's more demand among the crazy base for their product, since the actual facts and challenges of government need not intrude to screw up the pure ideology.

When in government, Republicans naturally look to their president and congressional leaders. When out of power, they cluster around ideologues like Kristol and Limbaugh.

And as the party purges itself and becomes ever more ideologically pure, the likes of Kristol get to be bigger fish in a smaller pond.

Finally, rationalising away the Bush years must have been very hard on Kristol's brain. I'm sure he'll be happier in opposition, where his fragile ideas will never have to bump up against hard reality.

Posted by: Bud0 | April 28, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Poor Bill. He's been wrong so many times, about so many things that compiling a list of his 10 biggest bad calls requires culling a list close to 100. No wonder Dan Quayle always appeared lost--with the guidance of Billy the Bot as his Chief of Staff, he never had a chance.

Posted by: bklyndan22 | April 28, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

aren't you a cute little fella!!!

Posted by: patriot76 | April 28, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I am relieved that instead of the administration taking advice from Bill Kristol, it's the GOP.

We really couldn't afford much more of Bill Kristol being 'right'.

Posted by: firenze_italia | April 28, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Dear Bill: It would also be a good thing for Republicans if you could help Jim DeMint identify the other 10 GOP senators who are RINOs. We'll take them. We can start with Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

Posted by: firenze_italia | April 28, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Dear Bill: When your party loses control of the White House and Congress, that is generally not considered a 'good thing'.

Unless you're in the other party.

Posted by: firenze_italia | April 28, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Bill, if Specter switching from your party is good news, the fact that you got dumped by the NY Times to blog here at the Post must be FANTASTIC! Way to turn those lemons into ... cyanide.

Posted by: Omyobama | April 28, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Kristol is waiting for the GOP to be reduced to 30% of the Senate and have a public approval rating of 15%, and then he'll shout "We've got 'em right where we want them!"

Posted by: labman57 | April 28, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Could Bill Kristol be the dumbest person on Earth?

Posted by: bklyndave | April 28, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Billy, does anything bad ever happen to the republican party? You've lost the House, the Senate, the White House. The Senate, thanks to Spector, is about to become filibuster proof. But in this you see only good?

My what big rose colored glasses you must wear. Enjoy the fantasy, but of course the whole republican platform is based on fantasy so your statement makes sense.

Posted by: bevjims1 | April 28, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Billy, I have a sow's ear. Could you make a nice silk purse out of it please?

Posted by: bevjims1 | April 28, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post, the hang out of the right wing morons.

Kristol the moron writes "On May 24, 2001, I wrote an op-ed for The Post in the wake of Vermont Sen. James Jeffords’s party switch. I argued that the switch, which cost Republicans control of the Senate, could well turn out to be good for President Bush.

Not entirely for the reasons I speculated on in the op-ed, I turned out to be right. Bush was still able to get enough cooperation to govern over the next year and a half, and he was also able to run successfully against the Democratic Senate in the fall of 2002."

I am waiting moron!. Why was Sen. James Jeffords’s party switch good for republican? Having trouble finishing your thought?

Posted by: kevin1231 | April 28, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Spin, spin, spin spin spin spin spin spin. Spin spin again. Spin and spin and spin spin spin.

Posted by: NotNowMooky | April 28, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Post share holders must be right wing nuts. There is no other reason to explain why Bill the idiot has a column.

Posted by: Tell-the-Truth-Please | April 28, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Arlen Specter saw the writing on the wall, as an elitist the conservative vote was not there. So he jumps to the elites party, hoping to keep his seat, he want make it out of the next primary.

Posted by: xthat | April 28, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Kristol has been so wrong on so many issues the past eight years that who believes he's right in this case. In fact, he's been so invariably wrong, you can take what he says and BANK ON THE OPPOSITE!

How the Washington Post, the linchpin of the Watergate scandal, can publish this man's drivel is beyond me.

Posted by: dbrands | April 28, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

These posts are really encouraging! If the Democrats in office are similarly clueless about the danger of having a radical agenda and not having Republicans to blame when it fails (again) then the future for Republicans looks bright indeed! Keep posting, we'll keep re-reading the history of the 1970s.

Posted by: Drew95 | April 28, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

1) Republican gains in the midterm elections had nothing to do with Jeffords' party switch. There was a relatively well-known event that occurred in September that year. Perhaps you heard of it.

2) The issue of narratives is important. Try this one: the Republican Party is now a party of the deep south. This is not good for Republicans.

Posted by: irwin4211 | April 28, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Dream on Billy there is no such thing as minority rule, at least not in a Democracy.

It sure sucks to be in the minority does it not. I believe your party is 21% of the Nation.

Well you and the rest of the Republicans can look to Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck for your parade route, into oblivion.

Posted by: Billy1932 | April 28, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow...some brilliant minds are out tonight. Billy1932 points out that he thinks Republicans only make up 21% of the country (yet got 46% for their candidate for President). So I guess we only have to get to 25% of the population and we'll be closing in on 60% of the popular vote! That's easier than I thought. :)

Posted by: Drew95 | April 28, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is almost down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.

Posted by: Clarence83 | April 28, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Kristol: no this is excellent news for the USA, because it makes it easier for Obama to try to fix our problems without the ignorant ideologues from the GOP getting in the way.

Posted by: mexmanic | April 28, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Almost as funny as:

"What it comes down to is this: if Petraeus succeeds in Iraq, and a Republican wins in 2008, Bush will be viewed as a successful president. I like the odds."

--William Kristol, 'Why Bush Will Be A Winner,' Washington Post, July 15, 2007

Posted by: xaviero1 | April 28, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Good grief! Talk about whistling past the graveyard. This is absolutely stunning: Only a neoconservative would view moderate republicans fleeing their party as a good thing.

Kristol tries to convince us that it's a good thing because it would make Obama responsible for everything. Code for "everything that goes wrong." That's the strategy? What if nothing goes wrong? What if Obama's plans work for the better? Kristol and the republican party have no plans for things working well.

So what's left of the republican party has no logical solutions to the problems we face. With their litmus tests and conservative report cards, they are driving moderate republicans to the democratic party. Each passing day, the party becomes smaller, regional, whiter, christian and fanatical.

The republican party certainly does not appear to have any coherent strategy to win back independent voters. With the 2010 midterms about to start firing up in a couple of months, look to deeper republican losses in the southeast, midwest and mountain west.

I've been a political junkie for 40 years and it's sad to watch the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan self-immolating.

We're witnessing the end of the modern republican party. Moderate republicans will regroup in some fashion, certainly. But there isn't enough time for them to regroup and win the White House in 2012. Probably not even before 2016 as the extreme right continues to divide them.

Which means democrats will likely be in power for a generation. Again.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis


Posted by: dastubbs | April 28, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol, not only are you a dead ringer for Bill Crystal in "Mr. Saturday Night," but now you've decided to go whole hog with the Borscht Belt act. What a jokester you are!

Posted by: MagicDog1 | April 28, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Kristol,
hope you didn't hurt your back reaching for that spin. LIKELY YOU ARE NOW IN TRACTION.
Get well soon (mentally and physically).

Your Friend,
Reality

Posted by: Bushlegacylies | April 28, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

As Kristol would have opined when the Titanic hit the iceberg, "At least we get to rid ourselves of those who cannot swim with the rest of us."

Posted by: EarlC | April 28, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

The pathetic love Obama's simpering supporters feel for him does not change simple reality-- politics runs in cycles. This is a Democratic up time, but that only illustrates that the down time is to come. There is no possibility of America becoming a one-party nation- none at all.

Think Obama is going to have an uninterrupted run of success? If so, you're as high as a kite. He'll stumble, sooner rather than later, and guess what the ONLY alternative to Democrats is? Guess. Go ahead.

That's why Bill is right. It will be easier to consolidate our comeback without traitors like Arlen Specter. Specter used to be a Democrat....let them have him back.

Posted by: robstumpf | April 28, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bill

Please pass around some of that Chateau Kool-Aid you're drinking. And while you're at it, give some to Sen. Mitch McConnell, who's claiming that Specter's switch is "a threat to the country." (roll eyes heavenward).

Posted by: amym2 | April 28, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

bklyndave..."Could Bill Kristol be the dumbest guy on the planet?" What? Did Doug Feith die?

Posted by: jrw2 | April 28, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Quoting Drew95:

Wow...some brilliant minds are out tonight. Billy1932 points out that he thinks Republicans only make up 21% of the country.

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Ummm.... Billy is referring to the 21% of Americans who are willing to call themselves republicans. So try to look at it this way:

Republicans 21%
Democrats 35%
Independents 38%

What do you think republican chances are in 2010?

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | April 28, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

So Specter abandoning the Republican party because "it's too far to the right" is.....


...good news for McCain!!

Gee, I've missed hearing that every day like we did during the election.

William "wrong about everything" Kristol was one of those voices, saying that every time Obama gained in the polls or etc, it was "good news for McCain!" who would soon win in a landslide.


Now te same mighty predictive engine in reverse that is Kristol predicts that the Republicans shrinking to 21% of voters and losing the majority with a major defecition who calls them all right wing losers on his way out the door is....

good news for the Republicans!

He's fun, anyway. The constancy of his wrongness is unsurpassed.

Posted by: BillEPilgrim | April 28, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Kristol: you're even right when your reasons were wrong? Such humility.
Now, seriously, I know I've asked you this before, herein re: your tortured logic: how do you sleep at night?

Posted by: sellingpencils | April 28, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

If this piece-o'-crap "article" is not enough for WaPo to fire Kristol, then the WaPo is over like yesterday's meal.

Posted by: kurthunt | April 28, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

"Think Obama is going to have an uninterrupted run of success? If so, you're as high as a kite. He'll stumble, sooner rather than later, and guess what the ONLY alternative to Democrats is? Guess. Go ahead.
That's why Bill is right."

Hey, robstumpf, you know you sound like a cartoon baddie?

You could maybe use that line in a campaign ad: "The Republican party - we are the ONLY alternative to Democrats."

Posted by: Bud0 | April 28, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I got to admit I am flawed by such a high level intellectual argument!

For a self proclaimed "intellectual", Kristol's opening line is very telling. Here is what he said "[n]ot entirely for the reasons I speculated on in the op-ed, I turned out to be right".

Let's see, this is the way it goes. When something happens, is it good for A or B. Some said A, others say B. Whichever way it turns out, either the "some" or the "others" are right. The process of reasoning does not matter, only the outcome! What an "intellectual" exercise! On the other hand, it is good for newspaper columns since newspapers are not selling that well these days and are generally losing money, if all of their
"columnists" resort to simple this or that conclusion, it saves paper and ink so perhaps it will save the print media.

Three cheer for our "intellectual" columnist, Mr. William or Billy Kristol.

Posted by: steviana | April 28, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, this is a joke, right? Stephen Colbert guest-wrote this??

Aww you got me guys. Too funny.

Posted by: uretards | April 28, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Quoting robstumpf:

The pathetic love Obama's simpering supporters feel for him does not change simple reality-- politics runs in cycles. This is a Democratic up time, but that only illustrates that the down time is to come. There is no possibility of America becoming a one-party nation- none at all.

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Actually, the possibility increases each passing day. Here's why:

First, anyone who doesn't agree with you right wing republicans is labeled with derogatives.

Second, you're not doing anything to win independent voters, which republicans AND democrats need to be the majority party.

Finally, while the political pendulum does swing, it swings slowly. And with only 21% of voters identifying themselves as republicans, you have an awful lot of work ahead of you to become a national political party again.

So what's your plan to do that? Do you agree with Kristol that all you need do is wait for democrats to screw up? With more and more moderate republicans siding with moderate democrats to make public policy, that may take a while.

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | April 28, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

and, by Kristol's logic, what could possibly be more fabulous for the GOP than Specter defecting? Why, more defections of course! That would be awesome for the GOP. If they could get down to 30 or so it would be just awesome! 20 doubly so!

and, may I add, hahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhahahahahhaha

Posted by: whatever4 | April 28, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Kristol,
please come back to the NYT-I haven't had such a good laugh since you're all too brief stay as a humorist. clem

Posted by: mrclemrn | April 28, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Why does this man still have a voice in the WAPO? Does the staff think its readers want to listen to the tortured logic of his GOP? It's entertaining, and it's easy to take shots at, but I keep thinking about those GOP voices of the past--the noble, intelligent,true conservative patriots that the GOP used to be famous for. They had great arguing skills and were great for checks and balance in our gov. As a dem, I would truly like to hear their voices. I think Specter would too. If WAPO can't find them, then who will?

Posted by: tmcproductions2004 | April 28, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Kristol is basically subscribing to the Aryan philosophy -- "power through purification".

Posted by: labman57 | April 28, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

This article is a mockery of logic, and of Kristol, and also of the WaPo. I remember when the WaPo was a respected newspaper. It seems sooooo long ago.

Posted by: kurthunt | April 28, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Kristol's logic is seriously flawed (but would we expect anything else from him?)

The big 60 number will not magically elevate the republican party from obstructionist charges. 60 (currently 59) is an illusion, no one expects all democrats to walk in lockstep on all issues, they are too diverse a party for that to happen, unlike the republicans who draw from the same piece of white chalk deeply southern and very far right. The republicans who only 21% care to admit too and going down.

As I guy in Missouri said on the news today "I really was pleased with G. Bush, he was doing almost everything right and then came Obama, I am afraid, I mean, the only thing the government can do to, to help people is, is, is to lower taxes, tax cuts, tax cuts, that's the only thing"

And therein lies the G.O.P.'s self-defeating rhetoric, unless they change... and there are no signs that they will... it will be a long long bad day. No matter hoe idiots like kristol tries to assss-wipe it over, Spector's jumping of the broomstick is all in the Democrats favor.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | April 28, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

You are the eternal optimist, Bill. Yes, for you there is a silver lining to every cloud, especially when trying to spin defeat into victory. You are certainly Pangloss' scion. Bill, your party has lost all power. Now is the time for soul searching, not dissembling.

Posted by: csintala79 | April 28, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

For sure, it may be difficult to believe, but Al-Hurra is reporting Sen Specter is leaving the Republicans because he feels they've been "too soft" on the Muslim World.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | April 28, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the reason Specter left is because Republicans had the attitude that they had to "put up with him" whereas Democrats have an attitude of looking forward to "working with him". Thanks for another insane opinion Bill.

Posted by: mbmclaughlin | April 28, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Why does such a neocon write for the Wash Post? Can't he get a gig anywhere else, like the Rush Limbaugh show, or the Washington Times? I suspect that even they won't take is pabulum.

Bill -- time to take a hike.

Posted by: gottabeanon1 | April 28, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

why are newspapers dying? kristols column sums it up. basically wasting scarce money on a column by an intellectually lazy or dishonest fellow (or both) who you can routinely count upon to miss the point. when you have that epiphany that your 6 year old can offer more insight, you tune out one column after the other then eventually the entire paper. it is not too late for management to regain its senses (also while you are at it, broter could also be put out o pasture. he heads the praetorian guard of the status quo)

Posted by: praxitas | April 28, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

As a moderate, fiscally conservative but socially liberal whit man from a southern state (well, VA used to be that, anyway), I find myself an Independent. What I'm certain of, however, is that any party that would say "good riddance" to a decent man of Senator Specter's calibre (single-bullet theory aside), is certainly no party I'll be voting with any time soon.

I do love watching Bill Kristol make an arse of himself on Sunday mornings, playing the role of cheerleader for the losing team, though he refuses to look at the scoreboard. Juan Williams eats his breakfast on Fox every week. Great television. Keep up the good work, Billie Boy.

The Whigs, I mean Republicans...ah, I remember them. Shame they let all the dummies in.

Posted by: sjoyce4 | April 28, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Jolly Bill Kristol thinks it was good for Bush and the country when Jeffords defected because Bush went on to re-election. And Jolly Bill thinks that re-election was good for Bush and the United States. He thinks it is good that Bush dragged our country into torture, spying on his fellow Americans and otherwise violating the Constitution, claiming to be for small government while wasting billions to kill tens of thousands of Iraqis who never had attacked us plus, let's not forget, thousands of American soldiers.
Happy Bill Kristol thinks all this was good for Bush and our country, that Jeffords' flip lengthened Bush's presidency as the worst, most needlessly lethal in American history.
Kristol's thinking is so scrambled yet cock-sure that his words, as usual, are good merely as a reality check for the rest of us.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | April 28, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

As a moderate, fiscally conservative but socially liberal white man from a southern state (well, VA used to be that, anyway), I find myself an Independent. What I'm certain of, however, is that any party that would say "good riddance" to a decent man of Senator Specter's calibre (single-bullet theory aside), is certainly no party I'll be voting with any time soon.

I do love watching Bill Kristol make an arse of himself on Sunday mornings, playing the role of cheerleader for the losing team, though he refuses to look at the scoreboard. Juan Williams eats his breakfast on Fox every week. Great television. Keep up the good work, Billie Boy.

The Whigs, I mean Republicans...ah, I remember them. Shame they let all the dummies in.

Posted by: sjoyce4 | April 28, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

A broken clock is right twice a day....

Posted by: RichRable | April 28, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives DO NOT BELIEVE in the role of government. So, of course they've mismanaged out country: debt, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; unemployment, etc. Conservatives DO NOT know how to govern. Mr Kristol's thoughts here are delusional; as long as conservatives control the GOP, they will be losers.

Posted by: mainetimes | April 28, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the great comments, guys. Keep them coming.

Also, don't forget to weigh in on my next column here at the Washington Post:
What if Eleanor Roosevelt could fly?

Posted by: uretards | April 28, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

And everyone remembers what great advice you have John McCain during the election (e.g., Sarah Palin)...

Posted by: homer4 | April 28, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kristol, I double checked your May 2001 Op-Ed to make sure that you did not predict 9/11. If it was not for that tragical day, things would have turned out very differently for Bush and GOPs. So please stop bragging.

Now the country is in a different crisis. The American people expect their leaders to do something bold and big, and do it quick. So the outcome of 2010 elections will be decided by how the economy will fare and if voters are pleased with Obama's performance. I think Sen Spector's defection will help Obama achieve his goals. Hurt the Dems in 2010, who knows. Have to wait and see.

Posted by: ExpressReader | April 28, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

After the glorious victory in Iraq and the triumphant capture of bin Laden, it's only appropriate that the Republicans have a chance to celebrate another great success like this.

Posted by: davestickler | April 28, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I find the simple-mindedness of this Kristol "analysis" of the Arlen Specter move to be unbelievable. It just confirms the poverty of ideas within the Republican Party especially the extreme right wing.

Posted by: Obadiah55 | April 28, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

America, and the world, demand EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT (read: Democrats). Wise public spending for the COMMON GOOD, for the good of all Americans. Democrats will not fail, because we believe in the institutions of a civil society: effective government, fair taxation, appropriate regulation and oversight, care for the planet, and its people. The DEMOCRATIC philosophy is what America, and the world, demand.

Posted by: mainetimes | April 28, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Kristol trots out the tired argument that Obama will be held to his failures. This of course is based on the assumption that Obama will be nothing but a failure. If that were true, it would be rather obvious how the election would go, neh?

Yes it's true; Obama and the Dems will have to own up to their failures. They will also have to own up to their successes. Given the giant failures they are correcting, there's really nowhere to go but up. At this point, I'd give a monkey throwing crap at a dartboard better then even odds at re-election if he has a (D) next to his name.

Posted by: theamazingjex | April 28, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

As of right now there are not one but two headlined links from the main web page to this article. What a sad comment on the state of the Post, that someone thinks that a writer the NY Times let go warrants more links than Pulitzer winner Gene Robinson. And no doubt they scratch their heads as to why circulation and revenue is declining.

Posted by: hairguy01 | April 28, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Well Kristoff that might have been true then! Yet, now that the Republicans have ruined the economy, our standing in the World, our morals, and showed itself to be one of the most corrupt, secret Governments in America's history!

Republican are liked Not So Much anymore!

The Republicans do not care about the poor or middle class! The Republican Party does not care about our country, this is why they veto every Bill the Democrats propose and scream PORK! The Republicans want is to make sure Obama fails, even at the detriment of their country! Republicans are true Traitors to the United States, they hate our Constitution and our laws!
They hate the poor and middle class!

The Republican, care about, Building more bombs, and prisons, destroying the Rights of women over there own bodies, immigration, Wars, the top 10% Rich and Gay marriage!

Posted by: nallcando | April 28, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Bill Krystol hasn't been right about anything in several years. Glad to see you're keeping your perfect record intact with this commentary, which is based far more on wishful thinking than empirical reality.

Posted by: jimmycarterb | April 28, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Haaa-haaa-haaa---

hee heee- haaa-haaa

haaahahaaahahhhahhhaaaa

heee heee heee haaahahhhahhahahhhah


heee----

(it's good to laugh, ahh)

Posted by: dtaciuch | April 28, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

This is really the best the WP can do for insightful conservative commentary. Geez, and you wonder why you're losing readers? Manage your newspaper with a critical eye and hire top writers, not just one from the left and one from the right. Bring back the Washington Post.

Posted by: cscherf | April 28, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Bill, its time for meds. A lot of them.

Posted by: BillyBoy2 | April 28, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I call this head in the sand if I ever saw it. I was a Republican, my mother was a Republican, my brother was a Republican. Over the past 8 years - I am independent and split my ticket - my mother threw her vote to a third party in the last election and my brother is now a registered Democrat. Mr. Kristol would argue that we were never "true" Republicans despite the fact that both sides of my family have Republican roots going back 100 years and on my mother's side - to the Lincoln era. Those of you who observe that the GOP has become a southern rump party or the reconstituted Dixiecrats are right on the mark. The party has lost all fiscal conservative social liberal northeasterners. Fiscal conservative social liberal west coasters, and limited government libertarians. All moderate and "liberal" Republicans have been purged from the party by the likes of Tom DeLay and the religious right. The party is now truely a right wing religious. Until a broader spectrum of political and policy belief is allowed back in the GOP, thereby allowing its rebirth, it will continue to be a marginalized sputtering entity without any ability to even influence the electorate or legislation.

Posted by: fwillyhess | April 28, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Fellow citizens of Hiroshima: I know that the bomb that fell on us this morning seems to have been a serious blow to your health and well-being, but let's not fixate on the glowing rubble, smoke, and devastation. Let's look at the bright side. There are now so many more places to park. You won't ever have to stand in line for a movie after this. And now we can all read by the glow of our own skins. Yes, millions of people are dead, and a cloud of deadly fallout now hangs over us, but come on. Cheer up. I mean, it's not like they'll bomb Nagasaki or something.

Posted by: Attucks | April 29, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Bill's hope, like Rush's, is that the Democrats will fail to the point where enough of America will vote the Republicans back in out of revenge. Some plan (not to mention why so much of the political landscape in Washington is barren).

Posted by: wturecki | April 29, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Ah, the checks and the balances. The Republicans are hugely in favor of the checks and the balances. America needs those checks and those balances.

Just like it used to need the "Unitary Executive" dictatorship under President Bush.

Posted by: i_go_pogo | April 29, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

THE GREATEST HOAX in American History, is how the Republican Party managed to elect George Bush. And the role that Rove the Rasputin managed to create . They took an imbecile from Texas , wrapped the Flag around him and the Neo-Cons and promoted them as Patriots and the Deciples of Christ as Pat Robertson and Falwell sprayed Holy Water with garden hoses as they all sat in the front row of the Churches in Wash. in D.C. The vision of the Photo-ops of Condi, Cheney, Rove, Bush, Rumsfeld ,John Yoo,Kristol in his Temple, sitting in the front row of St, Johns was truly terrifying as you realize that they had already planned on the War for Oil and the Torturing was getting ready to proceed.Some great Movies will eventually be made of these Deferment orientated cowards, the True Patriots of the Republican Party. And now the biggest COWARD of all, Dick Cheney has come crawling out of his Mental Black Hole to justify TORTURE. Just great isn't it!!!

Posted by: orionexpress | April 29, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

I thought Bill Kristol was on a permanent leave of absence. Or, maybe it was just my wishfull thinking.

Oh, dear Lord..., please, please, make Bill Kristol go away for good.

Posted by: IpiTombi | April 29, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Bill, you never fail in your role as the quintessential clueless Republican. Keep up the great work!

Posted by: mrfett | April 29, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

It's actually amazing to me that there are any Republicans at all in places like the Northeast and the West Coast. There won't be, for long, unless the Republican party does some soul searching and realizes that it is captured by a ragtag group of hardcore evangelicals, single-issue voters like gun rights absolutists, and uneducated nativists. Lots of moderate, educated folks with fiscal conservative insticts are rightly scared by what the Republican party has now become.

Get your head out of the sand, Kristol.

Posted by: tmaffolter | April 29, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Keep talking, Billy baby, cuz ain't no one 'cept some rid necks listening to you tongue of dog and an eye of Newt Repugnants. Celebrate good times come on!

Posted by: help4mac | April 29, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

When was the last time Kristol has been right about anything?

Posted by: commonsense7 | April 29, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Bill--I'm surprised you can stand up without feeling drunk from all that spinning. How many times have you written that very sentence "Good news for Republicans" in the last 3 years? Oddly enough it never seems to turn out that way. Well, for your sake maybe like a clock you can be right twice, but don't hold your breath...your record stinks.

Posted by: Poopsybythebay | April 29, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

How far did Kristol have to reach up his backside to pull this piece out?


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | April 29, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Very funny, Kristol. They have a writer's spot for you at The Onion.

Posted by: tmaffolter | April 29, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Bill, using the same logic, if you were on the Titanic, you would probably call sinking "an opportunity for a bracing swim." That republican party can be happy about a moderate leaving the party when it was moderates/independants who deserted them in November 06 and 08. The GOP's sojourn in the wilderness as the loyal opposition is looking like it will last well beyond a decade.

Posted by: jksjo | April 29, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristol, as we are in a real estate crisis and you seem to have enough money to insulate yourself from the cold world outside, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell ya.

Posted by: rjcrawford33 | April 29, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

What masterful spin! We haven't see anything as remarkably inventive (and deluded) as this since Hitler tried to present Stalingrad as a victory.

Posted by: dldbug | April 29, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

hope springs eternal, doesn't it bill?

Posted by: mgbgt95 | April 29, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

William Kristol is the new Iraqi, er, Republican Minister of Information.

Posted by: Route1 | April 29, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Kristol is a born loser. (a priveledged loser like Bush, Jr.)

He has not been right on anything - ever. It's an amazing record of failure.

Anybody who follows politics in America closely and has heard Kristol on TV from FOX to Charlie Rose knows this. Every theory and prediction (Dan Quale to Iraq to Palin) has flopped.

What's sad is that someone who is so wrong so often continues to have a platform at the Washington Post, Fox news, Charlie Rose... as an analyst or expert. Let us watch this prediction.

Please! Is America no longer a meritocracy.

Posted by: clearthinking1 | April 29, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Just keep speaking the truth as you see it Mr Kristol. Why, if other Republicans can be convinced to adopt similar logic, pretty soon my American dream will come true: A Republican-free, Washington D.C.!

Posted by: hjackson67 | April 29, 2009 1:56 AM | Report abuse

lol. Kristol is a great example of why Republicans are where they are. He is as stupid as that idiot Sean Hannity.

Posted by: Holcombe1 | April 29, 2009 2:03 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristol,
With all due respect, sir, you yourself are part of the problem. As a Conservative elitist you have no idea why this is important to us 'red neck Reagan voters' - we applaud this action by Spector and could care less what it has to do with Mr. Obama.

This was a long time coming and great news for us not because of the political reasons you state but because we are ready to slash and burn our GOP from the moderate lofty voices within the party.

Also, Mr. Kristol - we are also mute to the ivory tower columnists who have disconnected themselves from the Conservative party. I know you may believe you speak for Conservatives, but you do not, you speak for the DC elite, who applaud Obama and bipartisanship at each level and are more concerned with readership than truth.

Happy 100 Days Media, er, Obama. And To Mr. Spector, can you take Snowe, Collins and Lugar with you?

Posted by: RWells2 | April 29, 2009 3:08 AM | Report abuse

There is a right way for Republicans to react to the Spector move and a wrong way. And naturally, I would expect Kristol to find the wrong way. Of course, like the rest of the wing nuts, Billy would like to see "purity" in the GOP. So, why not cast our Collins and Snow. Make it a clean sweep and then the party will be 100% pure---white, Christian and angry. Of course, shifting demographics means that the GOP will become as relevent as the Nazi party that they are trying so hard to emulate.

Posted by: mlipsius | April 29, 2009 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Craven. Truly, the GOP has become the party of Uriah Heep.

They think if they spout nonsense, then enough people will stand behind them to turn wishful thinking into reality. It has worked before. Bush's entire set of policy initiatives.

Can you IMAGINE what state this country would be in if Bush & Co had privatized Social Security and converted it into stock market accounts?

The boneheadedness of that idea is only matched by the rush to war in Iraq.

And for both initiatives the GOP salivated over the prospects. Only to come face to face with reality.

Make no mistake, the GOP wouldn't know fiscal responsibility if they slept with it. And the 6 years in which they had control of the presidency AND congress showed no such financial restraint, and were as footloose with needed regulation of markets as they were the public purse.

And for those who need to connect the dotted lines, "limited government" means government by and for the wealthy. After all, it's only "poor people" who need the help government provides!

The GOP has become a craven, despicable, divisive, and morally bankrupt excuse for a political party. The only things they truly stand for are to prevent those who have most benefited by this country to pay their fair share, and to wage war against sexual practices they don't approve of.

Craven. Despicable. Divisive. And rotten to the core. The GOP deserves every lump it gets.

As for Kristol, Limbaugh, Hannity ad nauseum, reality does not miss you. These articles are just postcards from the Twilight Zone.

Posted by: ethanquern | April 29, 2009 5:04 AM | Report abuse

UNREAL! You folk have -almost- done the impossible, made me feel sorry for Kristol the Klown! Tsk, tsk, such abuse.

Posted by: dirktazer | April 29, 2009 5:54 AM | Report abuse

What a clown! Kristol has assumed the role of the "Baghdad Bob" of the Republican right. A deluded creep living in his own dream world. The Republican party is gone from power for at least a decade, and its right-wing may be gone for good. Get over it wingbats.

Posted by: Doowadiddy | April 29, 2009 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristol:

If most of the current crop of old fraud sideshow barkers and prison colony trustees that now dominate the GOP left the party then you might have something more closely emboldened by Lincoln and less controlled by Goebbels or Fox.

Posted by: BillKeller | April 29, 2009 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol: "Plus, now the Democrats have to put up with him".

NY Times: "Plus, now the Washington Post have to put up with Bill Kristol".

Posted by: IpiTombi | April 29, 2009 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Kristol, you just don't get it, do you? The problem is your Party keeps lurching further to the right, which makes it even more out of touch with mainstream American and the rest of the civilized world. You have managed to succeed in purging nearly all of your moderate voices. Congratulations. Your Party looks more like a circus freak show than a legitimate political party. Frankly, Kristol, you've been wrong about so many things, one is forced to wonder why anyone would listen to you.

Posted by: ggwalt | April 29, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Spoken like a true hard-core believer. Let the battle begin!

But seriously, do we need to run this country on the basis of ideology or on the basis of what works?

Posted by: blankinships | April 29, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

I have come to love this guy. And Cheney. And Limbaugh. They are the real heroes of the future, the idiot wind of the past that reminds us all why we move forward, not backward. As iconoclasts of the status quo mentality, they are doing much good by serving as examples of the bankrupt ideas that have nearly bankrupted the nation. I hope the Chivas and cigars dull the pain, gents.

Posted by: blackmask | April 29, 2009 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Excellent logic, Kristol. You guys got the Dems right where you want them. The constitution clearly lays out that it is GOOD to have only 30 Senators and only 175 or so members in the house. Think of how much money the RNC will save on staffers alone!

Posted by: steveboyington | April 29, 2009 6:50 AM | Report abuse

How on earth did the Washington Post end up giving space for Kristol to further expose his ignorance. It was a trial to read the New York Times on the days his "column" appeared, and then such a relief when he was fired.

Now he has secured space here, and the migrane headaches resulting from being exposed to his cant have returned.

Just point him towards the Wall Street Journal, or the National Review, and give the moderately conscious readers of America a break.

Posted by: trnmstr | April 29, 2009 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristol, what brand of crack are you doing?
When you are in hole, stop digging.

Posted by: jmljep | April 29, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse

G.W. Bush was obviously mentally challenged. I just didn't know this was contagious.

Posted by: jmljep | April 29, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Kristol, you are such an idiot. Do you really think anyone believes what you say?

Posted by: bretb | April 29, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

The "checks and balances" of government that some of you speak of has nothing to do with the 2 party system. It has to do with the branches of the government... Executive, Legislative, Judicial. When the Democrats and Republicans argue and try to push through their different agendas, nothing gets done.

Posted by: biggirl90 | April 29, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

So, we're supposed to believe Specter's move was good for the GOP? Well, then, it has to be even better news for the minority party that we're presently engaged in two wars we can't shock and awe our way out of. Oblong, warped, weird thinking--the usual from Kristol.

Posted by: jleemoore | April 29, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Kristol - you still don't get it, just like the rest of the right wing radicals of the Republican party. As usual, your focus in the article is misdirected. You are in denial that the party is shrinking to historical levels, reduced to at best a regional marginalized party consisting of ultra white conservatives and religous zealots. Your have no game plan to increase the party numbers, and the party's only strategy is to say "no" and sit back and watch Obama fail. You and the republican party are doing the American public a diservice. You and your party bring nothing to the table, except what G.W.Bush brought for eight years and that is "FEAR". It took a while, but the "FEAR" factor will no longer work and will not increase your base. When you decide to make "inclusion" (resulting in accepting more ideas and dropping extremist rightwing radical ideas)to the party as a priority and not "exclusion" (only abortion, same sex marriage, gun control, immigration...) then you might be a national party again, a force to be reckon with. But you choose "exclusion" and as a result your party is imploding and the possibility of controlling government may be a pipe dream for a long, long time. Hey I'm all for that! Reaganism is dead. Long live Obamaism.

Posted by: anguyen20 | April 29, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol exercises his American right to be delusional. This event just further signifies the Republican Party is going to be a minority regional party, i.e., of the south and southeast United States. They will be the party of the racists, the religious nuts, and the right wing extremists. They will need to check their guns at their get togethers.

Posted by: wrw01011 | April 29, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Thank god!!! for Bill Kristol!!!

Without his "words of wisdom" the weepublican Party might actually be a force to be reckoned with!

But, as it is, it's just the pathetic, little shadow of its former, formidable self . . . gee . . . I wonder how that happened???

Guess the Head Cheeses over at the RNC decided to take Billy K's advice, hmmmmmm?

Or, was it Geroge Will's? . . . or Grover the Norquist's? . . . or Rush Limpball's???

It should be interested to see who starts the finger-pointing first . . .

Posted by: thesuperclasssux | April 29, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Between the ruinous Bush-Cheney reign and the hijacking by the Neocons (that means you, Kristol), the Republican party is finished for the forseeable future. And it will only get worse for them after the 2010 elections. Maybe the Post can get some new commentators (and editors) now.

Posted by: wbgonne | April 29, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

you neos always were delusional.

Posted by: auntywbush | April 29, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

You just keep on spinning, Kristol

Posted by: stuttsdc | April 29, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

without someone to blame the dems take on all the responsability...
if wapo is responsable they will report on obama's agenda...
the fact that wapo failed to report that obama wants changes in the sentencing of those caught with crack cocaine shows that wapo can't be trusted...
I hope wapo can see it's way to just report the facts without the partison rehtoric...
if the media is afraid to report the truth, they should close down...

Posted by: DwightCollins | April 29, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

mainetimes wrote: "Mr Kristol's thoughts here are delusional; as long as conservatives control the GOP, they will be losers."

And when Americans vote them into office, Americans will be losers.

Posted by: bevjims1 | April 29, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

A child whistling past the graveyard, the graveyard of his party. republicons gaining seats had nothing to do with Jeffords gaining his senses. It had everything to do with rovian politics of fear, using 9/11 and the phony threat of saddam to bludgeon the Democrats with lies and false issues. Specter is one of the only sane people left in the gop. It is a good sign for America that the remaining sane republicons are realizing that the gop is now a party of fringe lunatics and tea baggers.

Posted by: John1263 | April 29, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Kristol is still sitting in the bunker and he is still drinking the kool-aid. Keep it up, Bill.

Posted by: lovescheese | April 29, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

"GOP obstructionism will go away as an issue, and Democratic defections will become the constant worry and story line. This will make it easier for GOP candidates in 2010 to ask to be elected to help restore some checks and balance in Washington --"

and this was one of the guys w listened to? in other words, the g.o.p. clowns will be asking us to "restore" "g.o.p. obstructionism"?

if kristol considers this good news, then i heartily wish for him much more of the same.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | April 29, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

DwightCollins wrote: "without someone to blame the dems take on all the responsability..."

Yes, this is the core of Kristol's theory, yet when the republicans were in complete control they blamed everything, including 911, on Clinton. They never took responsibility, yet you expect the democrats to do so now. Typical republican hypocrisy.

DwightCollins wrote: "if wapo is responsable they will report on obama's agenda..."

I read the Post every day. What am I missing?

DwightCollins wrote: "the fact that wapo failed to report that obama wants changes in the sentencing of those caught with crack cocaine shows that wapo can't be trusted..."

Then what is this article I found in wapo titled "Obama seeks to change crack sentences"?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/29/AR2009042900747.html

DwightCollins wrote: "I hope wapo can see it's way to just report the facts without the partison rehtoric..."

And you say this in a blog about an op-ed from Kristol. Very strange Dwight.

DwightCollins wrote: "if the media is afraid to report the truth, they should close down..."

I agree. Why did Fox News fail to report Libby's conviction on four counts and instead only reported he was aquitted of one count? I was watching Fox when they reported that. I said to myself, wait, he was being judged on 5 counts, what happened to the other four? I turned to CNN to get the truth.

I read/listen to the following: NPR, wapo, The Independent, Fox News, O'Reilly, The Daily Show, and occassionally when in the car, Rush. Guess, who after time was shown to be mostly wrong? O'Reilly and Rush. Fox actually does a good job, making about as many mistakes as CNN though they do not cover all stories, being selectively against reporting anything good the administration has done (and against reporting anything bad the republicans do). NPR I found to be very accurate. Maybe its bacause they do such in depth stories its hard to get it wrong when so much time is devoted. I guess the lesson is to listen/read as mamny sources as possible. I really feel sorry for those stuck in the Rush/O'Reilly/Fox news feeds. If I didn't know what was really going on I'd have bought a gun long ago after listening to them.

Posted by: bevjims1 | April 29, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

It is Kristol clear this guy is as dumb as they make'em.
He reminds me of that old joke about the outlaw surrounded by the police (or the cowboy by indians, take your pick), who seeing so many enemies around him shouts: Ah! I got you now, you can't escape.

Posted by: analyst72 | April 29, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Kristol's premise assumes that the GOP will win these lost seats using the same old tired rhetoric that lost those seat in November 2008. If the public has that short a memory, he might be right, but I doubt it.

Posted by: demtse | April 29, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Is the Post regretting hiring this numbskull yet? I mean, seriously, could anyone write a more completely stupid column? Yeah, Bill, becoming increasingly powerless and irrelevant is great for the GOP. Sure.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | April 29, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Wake up Bill,You are having another bad dream!

Posted by: Ray68 | April 29, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse


Bill kristol is a bloodthirsty zionist.


Posted by: TomKK | April 29, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Kristol --

Unlike you, the majority of the country prefers its elected leaders to vote with both wisdom and compassion -- not an Us vs. Them mentality.

Your boy Dubya is out of the White House; that glaring light that further blinds you to reality is called truth -- produced by both wisdom and compassion.

I'd never call a lawmaker from either party a "traitor" for voting with both wisdom and compassion, even if I disagreed.

And in that inability of yours to see good in anything but your own view lies your fatal flaw.

Democrats ought not be trying to "get their way," as the past years of Republican nonsense has shown us. Instead, ALL lawmakers ought to be trying to make America better.

Your permanently partisan position is nothing short of anti-patriotic.

Posted by: patty2 | April 29, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Ha, ha, ha. Funny piece. Best I've seen in the Onion in a long time.

What? It's not the Onion? El WaPo? Kristol? Oh, they've been funny a lot lately!

Posted by: capemh | April 29, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Kristol. I imagine Democrats will make themselves unpopular very quickly... especially once they run of money to spend, which is now.

Posted by: jachapin | April 29, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

We've all heard the expression "Whistling past the graveyard," to describe wishful thinking, but in Mr. Kristol's case we need to rephrase it to "Smoking crack past the graveyard." This man is seriously deranged.

Posted by: trubador1 | April 29, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, If somebody doesn't have horns & fangs & carry a pitchfork, he doesn't qualify to be a Republican & it is a blessing for Republicans.
Your grapes are always sour. Try some California grapes...liberal Democratic state... the grapes will be sweet.

Posted by: sarvenk63 | April 29, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

The best thing for W would have been not getting elected either time. Funny thing, it would have been best for the country as well (I say that as one who "voted for him before I voted against him").

As for checks and balances, there were not that many differences between Dems and Repubs fiscally. You might say that Obama has taken deficits to a whole new level, but given that most of the (printed) money has been shoveled in the way of big businesses, I am confident that if Repubs were still in power, the only difference would have been an even bigger shovel.

We need a new, rational party governing this country. We're never going to get it, though.

Posted by: billmosby | April 29, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol: Always wrong. Always.

Posted by: Yogibard | April 29, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

All together now, Sheepublicans:

baaaaaaaaaaa!

Posted by: gdog62 | April 29, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I believe that this is the same guy who strongly advocated for McCain picking Sarah Palin as his VP. Either he was thinking with something other that his brain or he really is an idiot. We saw how that worked out! Keep up the good work Bill!

Soon enough, the GOP will be higly competitive in Oklahoma and Tennessee, and that's it.

Posted by: chgochick | April 29, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

The GOP is so narrowly defined: white, Southern men and the women who love them.

The irony is that Bill Kristol no longer fits in the GOP, he just doesn't realize it yet. Kristol is a Washington DC-oriented pundit. He believes that politics is a game, like chess, and that foreign policy is still based on anti-communism containment of an enemy defined by him.

Posted by: LeftGuy | April 29, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Once more Kristol has kept his credibility intact. LOL

Posted by: timothy2me | April 29, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

the GOP gained control in 2002 after your may of 2001 column "not entirely for the reason I speculated."??????

lemme thing, what might have happened in later 2001 that threw the nation's political calculus out the window. Something in September?

Nah, couldn't have been that.

Or are you saying you knew that was coming when you wrote your May column and already figured it in? Did we waterboard the wrong guy?

Posted by: summicron1 | April 29, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Whatever, Bill. I'm sure you will as right on this as you have been about other things over the last 8 years. Yawn.

Posted by: case50 | April 29, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha ha ha ha. For the first time in seventy years, the minority party has lost so much popular support they can't even sustain a filibuster. How much more good news can they take?

Posted by: bullsmith | April 29, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant analysis!!! Why isn't this man writing for The Onion???

Posted by: fqqaazz | April 29, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Getting rid of Specter is a huge win for the Republicans.

Any Democrats who think this is good news for their side really must not know much about Arlen Specter.

His only motivation for doing this was that he knew he was going to get his butt kicked in the Republical primary.

Posted by: NeverLeft | April 29, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

When will the GOP realize that their numbers are shrinking and that they have failed to come up with anything other than to hope Obama fails (hence, our country fails) and that will be their best chance next election.

How sad is that - rather than come up with usable ideas and put forth plans they sit back and wait for their country to fail - I'm completely disgusted by this - that anyone would want to be a republican is beyond me.

Talk about non-patriotic!

Posted by: Kathy5 | April 29, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/28/michele-bachmann-links-sw_n_192493.html

Posted by: nellie3ster | April 29, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

THANK GOD..NOW I AM CONVINCED THAT THIS SWITCH IS GOOD FOR THE DEMS. EVERYONE IN TOWN KNOWS OPPOSITE OF WHAT BILLY SAYS IS ALWAYS TRUE.

IF HE HAD ANY SHAME HE WOULD SHOOT HIMSELF FOR BEING SO BLATANTLY WRONG ALL THE TIME. I BET YOU COULDN'T DO IT EVEN IF YOU TRIED.

Posted by: reddy531 | April 29, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

NeverLeft wrote: "Getting rid of Specter is a huge win for the Republicans."

Yes, lets hope for more huge wins.

NeverLeft wrote: "Any Democrats who think this is good news for their side really must not know much about Arlen Specter."

True, true. Poor guy keeps voting with the democrats. That can't help the democrats can it?

NeverLeft wrote: "His only motivation for doing this was that he knew he was going to get his butt kicked in the Republical primary."

Yea. Maybe that's why democrats exist in the first place, because they can't get republican votes. You know, I think you may have something there...

Posted by: bevjims1 | April 29, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Kristol,
One word:delusional...this is pure propaganda right now....Churchill was in the wilderness for years because he refused compromise... it seems you are headed in the same direction....take a lot of warm clothes...you are going to be in the wilderness for a long time...thank heavens!

Posted by: marckroll | April 29, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Right, this is a good thing? How did you ever get this job krystol?

Posted by: tattery202 | April 29, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I applaud Mr. Specter for leaving the party of Kristol, Vitter, O'Connell, Limbaugh, Coulter, Palin, Hannity, Bush, Cheney, etc. What a pathetic group of chicken hawks who believe in torture and the destruction of the constitution of the US.

Posted by: PaulofAnnapolis | April 29, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Bill:

Praying for our country's failure for the next two critical years is good!

Your team had the control for 12 years and they implemented their ideas. It failed.

Try to think about the country rather than your self absorbing need to be correct...

Posted by: SeedofChange | April 29, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Bill Kristol is real. That sh ! t-eating grin of his on TV has always looked animatronic to me. I suspect that "Bill Kristol" is really the Ole Miss Young Republicans, and they assign the freshman to write things under the "Bill Kristol" byline. Those who yank enough chains get to stay, the others are assumed to be gay and expelled. The WaPo, which never figured this out when "Bill Kristol" was writing for the NYTimes, must think they registered a coup when they swept him up, b/c evidently the only thing the WaPo cares about is yanking its readers' chains.

Posted by: automaticMojo | April 29, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I think the Republicans regaining control in the fall of 2002 had more to do with them scaring Americans after 9/11 than a national wave of conservatism, especially since Bush's "victories" were more half-half than Obama's landslide. Now we're up to 60 senators? I don't think Mr. Specter's reaffiliation is going to cause another shift.

Posted by: OatmealMike | April 29, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Billy boy. We know you're ALWAYS right about everything. No wonder the NYT fired you and your good friend Fred Hiatt had to hire you so got a paycheck every month.

Posted by: August30 | April 29, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Reminds me of the "only a flesh wound" scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Posted by: MHawke | April 29, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the GOP will get more "good news" if Snowe and Collins cross over.

Posted by: mypitts2 | April 29, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, Kristol, you may have the name for it, but even you aren't cute enough to be that pretty young cheerleader whose team is trailing by 60 at halftime, yet still conveys the sincere belief they can win it in the second half.

Posted by: Staggslaw | April 29, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

What. EVER. If I had a little mustard, Mr. Kristol, we could slather you with it and sell you on the street in New York from a pretzel cart. The GOP--losing members and shrinking by the day to a loony, hyperpartisan base. This is great news for the Republicans!

Posted by: mwfree | April 29, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious. Kristol and the looney right have saved the Republican Party by destroying it.

Posted by: pejesq | April 29, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Sour grapes eh, Billy boy? The pretense is so thin that I can readily sense the seething anger underneath. And that brings a sly smile to my face :-)

Posted by: cpatwork | April 29, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

After reading this, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that Kristol is tweaking on his Crystal Meth again.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | April 29, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are just doing a little brush clearing down on the ranch. Gotta clear out those moderate shrubs so the true conservative trees can grow. Hmmm, the forest is starting to look a little thin...

Posted by: jays1 | April 29, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I used to wonder if I could find a job after I graduate, and then I started reading William Kristol. I'm going to be just fine. Based on his example, it's clearly not about "what you know" in life.

Posted by: Route1 | April 29, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Bill, if some people become dissatisfied with Obama by 2010, they aren't necessarily going to vote for GOP conservatives. Ever hear of third party candidates.

You are delusional if you think the GOP is going to win elections outside of the South with its current rehashed conservative message.

Posted by: maggots | April 29, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Great news for the GOP, great news for America, this disintegration of the GOP.

I voted for change, but never thought I'd see the well earned disintegration of the GOP happening so fast before our eyes. This is fun.

Mr. Kristol - You and your buddies at Fox please keep up the good work, tell Rush the same, you guys are really helping the democrats out.

No doubt Obama thanks you as well.

Posted by: jfern03 | April 29, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I can't stand that Chicken Hawk with the sneakier smile.

Posted by: sherardg | April 29, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Pretty soon the Republicans will be accused of ethnic cleansing. They are getting very close. I think Mr Kristol is digging pretty deep to call that good news.

Posted by: wendystevens | April 29, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Kristol: "We've got us just where we want them."

Posted by: st50taw | April 29, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

MHawke wrote:

"Reminds me of the "only a flesh wound" scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Excellent! And spot on.

Hey everybody, write to the Ombudsman to complain about Kristol, and/or submit a well-written letter to the editor about this. The Post needs to wake up and stop giving a soapbox to this propogandist.

Posted by: bowmanrand1 | April 29, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

See, this is what true bipartisanship is all about. The Democrats are ecstatic about Specter switching parties. And, according to Kristol, so are the Republicans. So good news all around! Let's do this again real soon. Maybe Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe, or--what the heck--let's go for Dick Lugar.

Congratulations, Mr. Kristol! I guess...

Posted by: mwfree | April 29, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Someone mention this--thought it was worth posting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eMkth8FWno

Remind you of anyone? Hint: his initials are B.K., and he's NOT the Burger King.

Posted by: mwfree | April 29, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Gee Kristol, De Nile is not just a river in Egypt!

When Jeffers left you all squealed like little piggies.

So if you think Specter leaving is a good thing, well you're lack of consciousness is still the same, unfortunately for the country.

You neoCONS are a complete and utter failure. Reagan was the biggest failure ever.
Your beliefs in NO taxes and no government to help the poor and needy is corrupt and sociopathic!

You're all dismal failures. Get a grip, but why on earth MSM still gives you a voice I haven't a clue.

Your station Fuax News won't even air the president of the United States press conferences and longer.

YOU ALL CAN'T KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT, INCLUDING CHENEY ABOUT OUR NEW
'WAR TIME PRESIDENT', yet if we said anything negative about Bush, we were all told it was TREASON, never say anything about Bush!

WHAT A BUNCH OF LOSER HYPOCRITES!

81% OF THIS COUNTRY LIKES OBAMA, WHETHER THEY AGREE WITH ALL OF HIS ISSUES.

No one will ever say that about you sad, pathetic little neoCONS.

I HATE WHO EVER BULLIED ALL YOU THUGS WHEN YOU WERE IN SCHOOL! You were pushed around and berated, that's why you're all so mean and nasty!

YOU HAVE NO HEARTS OR FEELINGS FOR OTHERS, THE CLUB FOR GROWTH IS A JOKE!

Just pay no taxes, but hey Kristol, how you gonna support our troops, for all the wars you want to start? Where are the funds gonna come from wacko?

Posted by: Cookie100 | April 29, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Ha. Good news. Glad you think so, too, since you are wrong about everything. I'm hoping for a couple more defections so Lieberman can get his well-deserved comeuppance and your good news just keeps on coming. The big tent is looking like a pup tent. Any more good news and you can hold your next convention in a phone booth. You, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh. Now that's a pretty picture.

Posted by: SarahBB | April 29, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Kristol and Gingrich think it is great to purify the party. Problem is it won't get better until it purges them! Dump the neocons in foreign policy and get back to the realism of Reagan, Bush I, and Clinton - there is nothing conservative about it. Get back to true conservative economic principles, not the nonsense that the solution to every problem is a tax cut for the wealthy - no one buys it and when it does stimulate it just leads to growing income disparity. The party needs a Reagan - problem is the party has forgotten what Reagan was, a fiscal conservative who raised taxes when necessary in both Calif and D.C.; a realist in foreign policy who avoided keeping boots on the ground in the Middle East, or anywhere else; and actually negotiated an end to the Cold War.

Bush was much more of a conservative in the 'modern sense' of the word than Reagan ever was and that is why the party is in retreat and will continue so until they find another moderate - like Reagan - to lead a realignment. Won't happen soon given the current leaders of the party.

Posted by: mgferrebee | April 29, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

What happened to the "permanent Republican majority" that Karl Rove boasted of just 5 years ago? Just another prediction gone wrong by the uber-smart Rove?

Posted by: jillcohen | April 29, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

These are good times indeed. Up to Jan. 2009 Kristiol's glib extremism reflected the views of those with real power. Now he speaks for only for thin-skinned cranks ("good for the party", the pundit doth protest too much) who lob grenades from the sidelines. We've come full circle; Kristol et. al. are back to their pre-Reagan role as an inconsequential circus act that caricatures the views of the very wealthy.

Please Mr. Kristol, tell us another joke.

Posted by: undisclosedangler | April 29, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Selling manure to the back end of a cow...

Posted by: mwfree | April 29, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Uhhhhhhh....yeah, that's right, Bill. Arlen Specter's switch is a really "good news" for the Republican party.

Losing seats to the other party and getting repeatedly beaten up at the polls is a sure formula for political success, a cunning strategem that (some day) will bear fruit!

Just keep saying that to yourself, Bill.

And since LOSING seats works so well, why don't the Republicans give up the other 40 seats in the Senate? And while they're at it, how about surrendering the remainder of the House too? Yes, and get rid of the conservatives on the Supreme Court, too.


Posted by: Gladiator2008 | April 29, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Talk about sour grapes.

That's right, Mr. Kristol, politics isn't about the art of sausage-making, it's about ideological purity. And when you can finally rid Republicans in the Senate of the ilk of Snowe and Collins, the GOP will be so much stronger. Brilliant thinking -- keep up the good work.

Posted by: morehallbob | April 29, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

For a few hot seconds, Bill Kristol proudly accepted accolades from his Fox cohorts on his selection/prediction of Sarah Palin as the VP pick for the GOP. Boy, did he grin right after the Republican convention! Just wanted to remind folks one of Bill's "accomplishments".

Posted by: gsross | April 29, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

He sounds like the guy broke his own leg because he had a headache. When the Doctor asked him why he did that, he said " I know I probably wont be able to walk for a long time, I'll loose my job, my house, my bank account, and suffer through endless agony as the bone heals but...hey, I hardly notice my headache anymore.

Posted by: dijetlo | April 29, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

As usual, Kristol's analysis skims the surface and does not indulge in any logic. He fails, in his analogy, to recognize that the American public was not operating on all cylinders during the first 6 years of Bush Administration, buying the lies and having no way of knowing just how bad things really were. This is about as deep as Kristol can get. After all, he vetted Palin.
Specter was a headache for Republicans because he was not an extremist and no longer "fit" in what the Republican Party has become. He will not be a headache for Democrats. He will do what is best for the country and that is what Democrats expect.
You are all "talking amongst yourselves" because no one is listening anymore and those who are find nothing worthwhile. It is all petty ugliness, every day, a different mouth, but all ugliness.

Posted by: nana4 | April 29, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

De on

Why were you not concerned with checks and balances when republicans had absolute control over every aspect of government during bushes time at pretending to be president.

You are suggesting, or outright saying that the only party that needs to be "checked" is the democratic party.

Haveing a viable third party will provide
those "checks", and give 38% of Americans a political home, and a voice in it's government.

AMERICA, Open up you eyes and free your
brain of fear, there is no place for fear in the political or military field! There are plenty of poor Americans who will defend you and yours to the death, regardless of your party affiliation.

Fear brings imminent defeat, Example:
The Taliban and Al-quida do not fear us or our weapons and make constant headway, We fear them and are barely able to break even. are we in this to break even or to win?

Posted by: victorlove1 | April 29, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse


Say what?

Republican control of all branches of government was apparently "okay" in your book, but now that Democrats are in the driver seat it's the Republicans who are obligated to provide checks and balances?

Republicans should enjoy their stay in "time out" after the stellar performance they provided during the Bush years.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | April 29, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

mgferrebee wrote: "The party needs a Reagan - problem is the party has forgotten what Reagan was, a fiscal conservative who raised taxes when necessary in both Calif and D.C.; a realist in foreign policy who avoided keeping boots on the ground in the Middle East, or anywhere else; and actually negotiated an end to the Cold War."

A realist in foreign policy? This was the guy who quipped to an open microphone that he was launching a first strike on the USSR in 5 minutes. How about Iran-Contra? Lets not forget this little quote: "A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not."

Typical republican wanting truth to be what they hope or wish for, and not anything related to reality. Reagan was a disaster; over militarization, star wars and adventures in the middle east. He cut taxes for the wealthy and drove up the national debt. He provided arms and support to Saddam and bin Laden and sent an envoy to Iran with presents of pistols, a Bible and a key-shaped cake. Just how smart was that?

And he did not negotiate an end to the cold war. The USSR imploded on its own and once that happened the hold on it neighbors vanished and they opened up. I watched as Peter Jennings, who just happened to be in Berlin when it happened, showed the Berlin wall coming down from the East Berlin side with East Berlin police standing by idly. CIA hadn't a clue as to what was happening. It took everyone by surprise.

I will give Reagan credit for working on arms reductions and working to open up the USSR. I think if anything he shamed them by pointing out just what a dismal place the USSR was thanks to communism and a crony totalitarian government. But please, "a realist in foreign policy"? No, not at all. The last realist was Nixon. That's as good as a republican gets.

Posted by: bevjims1 | April 29, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Are you really this insane or is it just a ruse to trick people into thinking you are as crazy as a fruit fly. Because of people like you Republicans are finished. It took the public some time to realize it, but it has happened and I am guessing short of a miracle there will be nothing that is going to bring you back. Even if we are hit again, as all of you right wingers are predicting, I am guessing the public has had enough of your hate, your wishing for a disaster so you can gain from it politically and your hatred of our government, therefore the country to never again listen to what you say. Oh, by the way, Fox reaches less than one percent of the American people, the only people that listen are as crazy as you, it is over.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | April 29, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

No need to get upset about Billy's comments. He hasn't been right about anything substantial, in years!

Posted by: wiatrol | April 29, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Why does this column remind me of the "Black Knight" skit from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"?

King Arthur: "Now stand aside, worthy adversary"

Bill Kristol: "Tis but a scratch!"

Arthur: "A scratch?! Your arm's off!"

Kristol: "No it isn't..."

Arthur: [pointing at severed arm on ground] "Well what's that, then?!"

Kristol: "I've had worse!"


And then later on, when all four limbs have been dismembered, Kristol will finally concede:

"All right, we'll call it a draw!"

Posted by: Gladiator2008 | April 29, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Hannity couldn't have spun it any better. This logic equates to going to the bathroom, doing a number 2, then having no paper. But hey, it's good for the trees, right?

Posted by: ScottChallenger | April 29, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"without someone to blame the dems take on all the responsability...
if wapo is responsable they will report on obama's agenda...
the fact that wapo failed to report that obama wants changes in the sentencing of those caught with crack cocaine shows that wapo can't be trusted...
I hope wapo can see it's way to just report the facts without the partison rehtoric...
if the media is afraid to report the truth, they should close down..."
***********************************

Yes! By all means BLAME the media for your failure as a party! That works everytime!

How shallow is it for the repugs to blame the media instead of looking at their own disfunctional existance. Blame never solved anything (even if it were true) - SOLUTIONS however do work. But then, I suppose that would take admitting that you've got problems in the first place now wouldn't it.

"There are none so blind as those who do not see". (rough quote)

Posted by: Kathy5 | April 29, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Making Lemons out of Lemonade?
Bill, you lost an opportunity to ask Republicans in Congress to begin to put forth compromise ideas to our current problems (such as using money saved by enacting certain cost saving programs and putting that money toward paying down the National Debt). Paying down the National Debt is not a "Party of No" idea, it is one that many Americans might get behind and resurrect the GOP. However, your "observation" that Specter's move might somehow be good for the GOP is pretty much a continuation of "Party of NO" politics as all it does is provide cover for Republicans to say, "It wasn't us, it was them" instead of contributing toward solutions. Mr. Kristol, thanks for staying true to your nature.

Posted by: JSKEVV | April 29, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I am an educated man. Having received a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Maters in Economics and having been an observor of politics and news for most of my 68 years, I feel well qualified to make comment on Krisol's column here.

If there is one thing I have learned in all of that time and study, it is how to spot a "whistling-by-the-graveyard" analysis. Kristol has been doing a great deal of that lately. If Kristol were to be believed, Obama should be at 40% approval levels by now, the American people should be screaming for his head, and there should be riots in the streets and loud protests outside the Oval Office.

Look. Kristol, Krauthammer, Limbaugh, Hannity, Fox News, and all of the rest of the usual suspects on the right, have a vested interest in seeing Obama fail. If you listen to any one of them, they always use this whistling-by-the-graveyard logic even when they don't actually believe it. And trust me. They do not believe a word of what they are peddling about Arlen Specter. They know this is a crushing blow to the GOP and they know the meaning of it, to wit: That a political realignment has begun. And the direction of that realignment is of necessity away from them and toward where the rest of the country has now moved--the vast political center.

Posted by: jaxas | April 29, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Ohyeah! Mass defections and retirement among the leadership, and a constituency comprised of the 21% of America that has no shame, no education, and whose primary concern is the regulation of the sexual practices of others. Good Nooz!

Posted by: irae | April 29, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Having a filibuster proof majority is bad for Dems who have to clean up Kristol's neocon disasters--

and did you hear?

We won in Iraq! The surge worked!

(didn't it?)

Posted by: lichtme | April 29, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Ah, and even better for the GOP would be to lose two or three more Senate seats in the 2010 elections. Now that they are down to only those who have drunk the right wing Kool Aide, they can be unified, defiant . . . . and so small they are irrelevant. Remember the old poster, "Why is this man smiling?"

Posted by: dolph924 | April 29, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

@RichRable

"A broken clock is right twice a day...."

That's twice more often than Bill Kristol.

Posted by: firenze_italia | April 29, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

This guy is consistently and spectacularly wrong.

Is there anything that he's correctly predicted ? Anything ?

Posted by: polaris11 | April 29, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Let us wander now into Bill Kristol's office where even the lighting is controlled to keep the glare from the reality of the outside world from penetrating into the comforting, delusional neverland he inhabits. Note Kristol as he slumbers in his chair to a 15 minute power nap whrein his delusions feed pleasant dreams of a time when it was morning in America, God was in his Heaven and his chosen one was in the White House. Now direct your eyes to a spot just above Kristols sighing, smiling, snoozing head and note a big, bold sign which reads" I WANT TO BELIEVE!

Posted by: jaxas | April 29, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey Kristol, hows the weather down there in "the bunker"?

LoL

Hint: Stay away from the "vitamins".

Posted by: free-donny | April 29, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This column reminds me of the old adage "even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then." The question I always had was;
since he is blind, how does the pig know it is an acorn? Clearly, in reaching back to 2001, Mr. Kristol not only mistook what he found, but has found so few since he is still boasting about his calling a turd an acorn eight years ago.

Posted by: membermylai | April 29, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Self identified Republicans now account for 21% of voters. (and falling)

they are now a regional party, only strong in the South.


And thanks to guys like Bill Kristol and Grover Norquist, say goodbye to all those Independents and Swing voters.

Yep, they couldn't govern...and now they can't get arrested, apparently, which is good news for Republicans, fer sure.

Posted by: nanorich | April 29, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Dear Mr Crystal, missing the point?
If Specter wins the Democratic Primary, likely and then beats the Republican opponent, likely again, what does that mean?
It means the Republican party has lost its viability in Pennsylvania. No small lost, considering with the exception of Philly how conservative the voter base was in Penn.
White blue collars the Reagan Democrats joining the vast numbers of newly registered Dems a trend, seems so. Mr Crystal you'll need to keep spinning as your discourse certainly seems off line as it relates to the trends in the demographics and attitudes.

Posted by: cholly2 | April 29, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Great example of twisting truth into a pretzel in order to allow the ego to believe it has all the answers -- all the time! Wow.

Wouldn't it be more common-sensical and pragmatic to take a close look at why there are no more Republican moderates? I'm a Democrat, and our party houses a whole spectrum of views, including lots of moderates and centrists. We will welcome Arlen and others who have been driven with pitchforks out of the "purity" of the GOP.

If the GOP had any concept of bi-partisanship, it might have shown more diversity in its reaction to the President's many attempts to reach across and shake hands and work toward common ground. But with one far-right, echoing, angry, and uniform voice, they rejected bi-partisanship. They will not share the victories and successes, that's for sure.

If you think we moderate, centrist, decent, smart Americans don't want to solve problems with at least a nod of optimism and hope (this is still America), then you've listened to the total negativity, rage, frothing-at-the-mouth Limbaugh too long.

We centrists are moving away from your party of extremists. You're welcome to the ranting and nay-saying and sitting on your hands and shaking your heads, regardless of what the President does. (My personal favorite is when the GOP with one voice defended the pirates!)

You think we ordinary, reasonable, hard-working, volunteering, tough-minded, family-oriented, common-sensical Americans (lost of us from western small towns by the way) want all that extremism? You think we paid college tuitions for our children so they would grow up and sound like spoiled angry children (like Limbaugh and Cheney)?

Really? Judging by the rate of defections (where were you in November?), you guys are looking more and more like the Soviet Union or Cuba, watching your citizens run away like mad. We Democrats (lots of converted Dems) are helping your refugees off the boats into open arms. Welcome to inclusion, we say. You can express your real convictions here.

Posted by: cturtle1 | April 29, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"I turned out to be right"........and pigs fly. Kristol has never been right...never in doubt but always in error our Billy boy. Billy is propagandist in chief for the Republican party - in my mind a criminal organization. After World War 11 the Nazi party was banned for waging a criminal war. Likewise, the GOP should be banned for its criminal war and torture in Iraq and its propagandists like Kristol should be put to work picking tomatoes.

Posted by: truthdog | April 29, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Kristol. You *are* a d-bag...

"[In the May 2001] wake of Vermont Sen. James Jeffords’s party switch. I argued that the switch, which cost Republicans control of the Senate, could well turn out to be good for President Bush...I turned out to be right. Bush was still able to get enough cooperation to govern over the next year and a half, and he was also able to run successfully against the Democratic Senate in the fall of 2002. The GOP regained control that November."

And to think the neo-cons promised we'd never forget 9/11.

Posted by: icoleman | April 29, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Why would anyone care what this loser has to say?

Good old "Bloody Bill Kristol".. always wrong about everything....and sometimes people get killed because of it.

Posted by: rustyk4 | April 29, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"! Good one Kristol...good one!

Posted by: ksuparents | April 29, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Delusional to the end, huh billy?

Posted by: Flabergasted | April 29, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The GOP looks a very long way away from the kind of politics-as-usual mindset that would make the public elect Republicans in 2010 to be a check on the Democrats. The assumption which lies behind that thinking is that Obama and the Democrats would inevitably abuse or misuse their power, or do things the public doesn't want done; but from where I sit Obama and the Democrats haven't even begun to do all that the public wants done, which is reconstruct the US as a European-style social democracy without being labelled as such, and punish all the Bushies for their war crimes. If the Specter defection may not be such a shock to the already weakened GOP, wait till some of the culture wars things start going against them, like Murdoch deciding to hand his publishing empire over to his liberal son as he retires, or Alito leaving the court after triple bypass...

Posted by: razzl | April 29, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The famous 51.9% of Americans (Not 53%-as bragged)that elected Obama were in the same country of America that put Bush in office the second term.
As hard as it might be to believe,Obama's days in the White House are limited. So stop crowing! If the media weren't pushing Obama he would never be "winning" because he has made so many dumb mistakes already, and more are coming.

Posted by: drzimmern | April 29, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Your spin is a little thin, Kristol. Public distaste for republican behavior in the horrid bush years will keep the Party Of No down and shrinking until at least 2012, and probably longer.

Posted by: binkynh | April 29, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I read Kristol's comment for my laugh of the day. I guess that's why the post keeps the jerk around: he's the office joke, not much different from his dad Irving, who was the joke of the lit crit crowd. But, frankly, I'm glad Kristol still has influence in the Republican Party, since that is a good sign that they will be out of power for a very long time. We need more neocons trying to purify the party of ordinary, reasonable folks.

Posted by: douard1 | April 29, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it's not plagiarism, but "this is good news for Republicans" is Atrios's line. And apparently you're using it the same way, as satire. (he refers to the tendency to spin everything, no matter what, as benefitting Republicans - even when that is obviously ridiculous).

Posted by: shoeflyin | April 29, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to the Political Wilderness, GOP. Hope you brought provisions for a long, long stay.


Posted by: Christian_in_NYC | April 29, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I bet that if God suddenly appeared at a GOP convention to announce that "his will had been done" and accordingly Obama got elected with solid majorities, the GOP would STILL claim they had all the answers and were invincible. Most young Americans find the grumpy, harumphing, strident, screaming, and primarily white GOP hilarious, and yet the GOP doesn't worry about its future?

Believe what you want to believe, Kristol. Arrogance is a hallmark of the GOP, even in the worst of times, and Self-Deception necessarily goes hand-in-hand with that.

David Brooks said on Sunday that we now have an administration willing to question itself and admit its own mistakes, and that is refreshing. Not to mention intelligent! Who in this world doesn't make mistakes, especially when trying to accomplish goals and trying to solve huge crises? But at least Dems can look at themselves honestly, discuss, debate, re-evaluate if necessary, and express freely our opinions.

Arlen would rather live in the party of Freedom. Not the Party of No, Not Ever, and Hoping for the USA to Fail. If you think people, except the disgruntled and resentful, find that attitude attractive, you might have another think coming, as we used to say. If thinking is allowed. Seriously, we do see through the big-brother, one-voice-fits-all GOP. It's not honest. Not real.

Posted by: cturtle1 | April 29, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

This must be like the "strategic withdrawals" the German Army specialized in starting in 1942.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 29, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

After reading many of the comments about this article, I am left with a longing for an education system that actually works for all citizens of this great country.

How any supposedly educated person can wave a flag for either party is beyond me. Both sides of the aisle have acted with their own self interest at the forefront at all times while claiming to have the best interests of our country at heart.

I don't imagine that any one would dispute that our politicians are bought and paid for by lobbyists, corporations and other assorted special interests (read voting blocks that swing their votes for legislation they want, irregardless of whether it is good for the population as a whole). And now the citizenry at large is being bought and paid for by bailouts and stimulus checks that buys their vote for a pittance.

Why don't they throw the rascals out? Because most folks are too busy getting whatever bone is thrown their way to bother trying to set their government on a more sober path.

Lincoln freed the slaves many years ago, but nowadays every citizen is a slave to his government. Rather than be properly chastened by the orgy of free spending that bought on this latest recession; fools in the government rely on fools in the country to borrow and spend their way out of this misery.

Instead of letting the greedy and incompetent fail, we are told that they are too big to fail. So the government doles out billions and in return the bankers dole out millions in bonuses to the people that got us into this mess. But, where is your bailout? Never mind, you are too small for a bailout. But, thanks anyway for your support...sucker!

And the biggest joke of all is that the same politicians that got us into this mess are now in charge of finding a way out. They are not taking a pay cut or losing their job!

Wake up people. Dump the incompetents that are in power for fresh faces with new and different ideas that possess some sobriety and humility for the great power that is in a politicians hand.

When you voted for "Change You Can Believe In", did you really envision more business as usual. Political appointees that were retreads from the past? Cabinet nominees that couldn't pay their own taxes? Earmarks that continue to go unchecked?

I hoped for better and have been bitterly disappointed at what 100 days have shown me. We the people are being systematically and regularly abused by both sides of the aisle but we can put a stop to a lot of it with the next election cycle.

We must stop relying on the two party system (which force feeds us the candidates they want) and work to develop our own home grown candidates at the lowest levels and then work tirelessly to help them rise to higher offices where they can have a real impact on our lives for everyone's good and not just theirs.


Posted by: jrealty | April 29, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The Kristol ball is as distorted as ever. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. It's all been exposed, Bill, like the wizard of Oz. Neocons don't have anything special and your Kristol ball is worthless.

Posted by: Edorampo | April 29, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Hello, Mr. William Kristol:

It's sad. There used to be a time when Republican Pary leaders could offer reasonable opinions and practical legislation, and still be comfortably within the conservative mold.

Unfortunately, where people are predominantly represented by individuals with Republican Party affiliation, we have these results. Financial greed and collapse of our monetary system. Torture and ignominy throughout the world. Blatant latent racism and homophobia. Callous indifference to the health needs of our citizens. A frontal assault on civil rights.

And you, Mr. Kristol, want to be proud of this record? You wish to perpetuate it? You wish to slim down the Republican Party until it represents only these ingredients?

There was a century for you. It was about Torquemada's time.

Now, before I distract you too much, please go promote ever more gun-owning rights, so we may have larger and ever more frequent mass massacres.

Bill Riley

Posted by: wryly | April 29, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Bill, if you're going to take the time, space and effort to pat yourself on the back for actually getting something right in the past, don't you think it would be fair to revisit and analyze your awesomely wrong predictions? A very quick Google search finds a treasure trove of your boneheadedness.

Posted by: wfiasco | April 29, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Much as I hate to admit it on this point I think you are kind of correct. That spoiled bag of puss Arlen Spector is going to be of no use to anybody especially Democrats. But the continued collapse of the Republicans is still fun to watch. What I can't wait for is for Republicans to lose more seats in both houses in 2010. They couldn't hold onto a gerrymandered seat in NY to save their lives. It should of been a blowout, but they lost by a nose. I'm just praying they do run Rudy for governor so we can see him get punked too.

Posted by: elgunjduts | April 29, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Good news for John McCain! Tell us how this help him win the presidency, oh brilliant one...

If having your party become more dedicated to insanity is your goal, then this is good news indeed.

If, on the other hand, you want to see the republicans govern in the next decade or two -- then this is not good news for Mr. McCain.

Posted by: rat-raceparent | April 29, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Bill the Smiler Krystol seems to have his history all confused. In Jefford's leaving the Republican Party his thinking is that this paved the way for Bush to somehow gain cooperation from the Democrats , although he doesn't acknowledge just how. Hey Billy, didja forget about 9-11 already? Did you forget about Bush saying "Your either with us or against us" efffectively putting anyone not voting for his war on terror on the side of Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Maybe the sheeple watching you on Fox News believe your clap trap but not me. Why does the Post still have you on with this junk? They are losing credibility!

Posted by: dontblamemeivoted4gore | April 29, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, I can't think of anyone who has consistently been as willfully stupid as Kristol and remained gainfully employed. I don't know whether to marvel at that fact or mourn the low standards of his natural audience.

Posted by: tpsteele | April 29, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

This is wonderful for the GOP. Specter is a snake who betrayed the Constitution at every turn, to say nothing of betraying his party. Good riddance to a horrible, pro-abortion liberal fascist. The GOP needs to get rid of all these RINOs and reclaim integrity and loyalty to American values: limited government, liberty, private property, contractual rights. With liberal fascists like Specter contaminating the party, the GOP could not claim the high ground. The GOP does not need liberal fascists like Specter. It needs to stand for American values, not international totalitarian marxism, butchering innocent unborn babies, rule by nazi judges, feminist/homosexual destruction of families, surrender to Muslim terrorists.

Posted by: doctorfixit | April 29, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

hairguy01 wrote:
Kristol says, "..I turned out to be right, not entirely for the reasons I [gave].." Good point, when has Kristol ever been right except by accident? BOYCOTT THE POST UNTIL THE PUBLISHER AND ALL THE NEOCON HACKS ARE OUSTED.

Well, that assumes that there was a correlation between the events. The R's won that election, not by dumping its moderate members -- but by failing to protect the country. Politics works backwards sometimes, but having more elected from your party is always a win.

Posted by: rat-raceparent | April 29, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The real good news is for Democrats every time Kristol opens his mouth.

Posted by: dontblamemeivoted4gore | April 29, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the new dem senator, when he's in the cafeteria, just wants his eggs over easy instead of being 'flipped' over HARD?

Posted by: deepthroat21 | April 29, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Bill,

You are spending too much time on Fox News. I suggest you pay attention to history and the electoral map like Senator Specter did.

The current state of the Republican Party is weaker than the Confederate States because Virginia and North Carolina switched to the blue side.

Obama won Pennsylvania by over 600,000 votes. The northeast corridor keeps turning a darker shade of blue.

Posted by: larrybuchas | April 29, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse


1). Someone called Kristol a "conservative". That is in error. He is a neocon. There is virtually nothing conservative in the neocon political agenda.

2). People complain about the establishment media like Washington Post printing stuff by neocons. But you don't get it. The establishment media need to print something by "the other side" in order to create a veneer of balance.

So, who is a more convenient representative of the "other side" than the neocons? That way the establishment media defines the policy spectrum in the US as constituting the Establishment Left on one side and the ivory tower Neocons on the other.

There are many policy areas where the neocons are on the same side as the Establishment Left. (expansion of government, open-borders immigration policies, etc.)

By defining the neocons as the "other side", the Establishment Media delegitimize actual conservatives as having any relevance to public policy, even though the neocons have virtually no public support, while a substantial minority of the public agrees with conservatives.

Thus the media are able to define BOTH sides of the political spectrum, at least within the political and media establishment.

2). As to Specter, he switched parties because a recent poll showed him being trounced in the primary. What a "principled" move. I find it comical that the Democrats consider him any sort of asset.

3). Some commentor claimed that Republicans suffer from "blatant latent" racism. Wow, that is a wild concept. You guys are sure creative at coming up with new epithets.

Posted by: bot_feeder | April 29, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

On 9/11 our national security was destroyed.
A couple of years later our international reputation was destroyed.
In 2005 one of our major cities was destroyed.
In 2008 our economy was destroyed.
In 2008, 2009, the Republican party was destroyed.

See a pattern here?

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

So Doctorfixit, the reemergence of serial adulterer Newt Gingrich, who saw nothing wrong or hypocritical with attacking a man over adultery, is your idea of how the GOP can "take the high ground". Very good sir, the more people who have access to your particular brand of daffiness ( and Kristol's) the more people will see just how embarrassing the far right has become in its desperation. Liberal fascists, gee, heard that before. First liberals are socialists now they're fascists. Do you even know the definition of either term? You're a walking talking point. Thank you, and please keep it up.

Posted by: curtb | April 29, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"Specter won't change many of his votes just because he has a different letter after his name"
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That depends on how much support he wants in his next election.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"I will be extremely happy to see Arlen Specter's obituary notice.

Posted by: hclark1 "
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Spoken like a true compassionate conservative.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

King Pyrrhus suffered through similar victories

Posted by: DarkReaction | April 29, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I bet the champagne and moonshine was overflowing last night at the National Republican Roadhouse.

Where's the confetti ?

Did Michelle Bachmann dance on the bar with a lamp shade and some ankle bells ?

Posted by: SkiPete | April 29, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

To William Kristol:

You haven't been right about anything for as long as I can remember! You're an arrogant, conceited individual. Even Moses gave God credit for the ten commandments!

To the editors: According to Webster's Dictionary there is no such word as "contrarianly". Did Kristol just decide to make up a new word?

Posted by: bobzeno1 | April 29, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The liberal WAPO posters, of course, are dissing Bill and showing love for Arlen. He supported the Stimulus Package which was a disaster. The Pubs were not going to renominate him. The MSM has called Obama better than FDR and all the guy has done is to push socialist pacifism and trillions of dollars of debt. So losing a guy who believes the same thing is not that big a loss when your Party is already down dozens of seats in the House and down in the Senate. Of course, liberals want the Pubs to become Dem light. That is what got them in trouble in the first place. A big tent should mean that those involved have at least many principles that make one a Pub or a Dem. Arlen was a Dem from the start in Pa. and is now with his flock. If the Dems down south and in the MWest, were to follow their principles instead of getting elected, at least 2-3 Dems senators would switch parties parties including the guy in Neb., and two of them down South. During the Reagan Admi.,people forget that over 300 local, state, and federal Dems became Pubs. The Dems are riding high now because of the faux Messiah but times will change when economic and national security disasters will be forthcoming.

Posted by: phillyfanatic | April 29, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"The Taliban and Al-quida do not fear us or our weapons and make constant headway, We fear them and are barely able to break even. are we in this to break even or to win?
Posted by: victorlove1 | "
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I think you have this wrong. We win nearly EVERY firefight we have with the Taliban, if they are so unafraid, then why don't they take us head-on?, instead of hiding among their citizens and resorting to roadside bombs and hit and run tactics. One could say it is a tactic that works for them, creating ill will against the occupiers, but I know a lot of soldiers, and not one of them are afraid of the Taliban.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

JRM2..

1). Someone called Kristol a "conservative". That is in error. He is a neocon. There is virtually nothing conservative in the neocon political agenda.

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Unless you've forgotten a Neocon is a Neo-CONSERVATIVE. Just another head on the Conservative Hydra Beast

Posted by: SkiPete | April 29, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Unless you've forgotten a Neocon is a Neo-CONSERVATIVE."

Neoconservative is an oxymoron.


If neocons were instead called "Nobel Prize Winners", would that mean they had all won Nobel Prizes?

Posted by: bot_feeder | April 29, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"because he has made so many dumb mistakes already, and more are coming.

Posted by: drzimmern | "
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Care to name a few?, or are you in league with the "throw some junk against the wall and see if it sticks" crowd?

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

...and we have to put up with you, Kristol. What an absurd argument and a waste of good editorial real estate.
Maybe Rush would like you on his show where you belong!

Posted by: stephanckdt | April 29, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kristiol - without implying that you are delusional, your rationalizations and subsequent conclusions are dis-jointed. For example - How do you come to the conclusion that democratic defections will become a constant worry and story line? Where's the reasoning behind it? You just threw that in there. I didn't even see a rationalization to explain that one. That statement seems especially apt for the republican party in its current state. Also, the GOP doesn't have to be in power or even have power to be seen as obstructionist. People just need be reminded that IF they were to have any power they would be obstructionist and so need to stay away from them. So as long as the GOP keeps voting 'NO' regardless of whether or not their votes affect the outcome they will be seen as the party of 'NO' and obstructionist. You then go on to say that Specter's defection won't have made much difference in getting key legislation passed BUT losing him might help gain the GOP seats in 2010. Again how do you rationalize the loss of a republican seat that according to you is inconsequential into gains in 2010. I don't see the connection...well unless I'm delusional.

Posted by: eastlander | April 29, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

THE GREATEST HOAX in American History, is how the Republican Party , schemed to elect George Bush. And the role that Rove the Rasputin managed to create . They took an imbecile from Texas , wrapped the Flag around him and the Neo-Cons and promoted them as Patriots, and the Deciples of Christ, Pat Robertson and Falwell sprayed Holy Water with garden hoses as they all sat in the front row of the Churches in Wash. in D.C. The Photo-ops of Condi, Cheney, Rove, Bush, Rumsfeld ,John Yoo,Kristol in his Temple, sitting in the front row of St, Johns was truly terrifying as you realize that they had already planned on the War for Oil and the Torturing was getting ready to proceed.Some great Movies will eventually be made of these Deferment, Orientated Cowards, the True Patriots of the Republican Party. And now the biggest COWARD of all, Dick Cheney has come crawling out of his Mental Black Hole to justify TORTURE. Just great isn't it!!! No wonder the Republican Party is despised around the World and here, with a 21% approval .

Posted by: orionexpress | April 29, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Republicans, when they had power, decided it would be their way or the highway. They lost the majority but still believe it can only be their way, so they find themselves on the highway. Spector thumbed a ride from the democrats passing by in their hybrid vehicles. Kristol is just shouting at the passing cars about how he likes to walk. Enjoy the walk Bill, it will be a long one.

Posted by: bevjims1 | April 29, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"Has Kristol ever been correct? He certainly is far right."

I would say to the contrary that there is nothing far right about the likes of Kristol.


What defines left versus right? In my opinion, left is associated with big government and right with small government.

Neocons are the most total supporters of big government. They support big government on domestic affairs and also support massive government intervention into the affairs of other nations.


I would say the true right wingers are the Libertarians.


Although I am not a Libertarian, I do agree with them on a lot of issues, and in light of that I think the term "right wing" gets a bad rap.


If someone like Kristol were truly "right wing" then I would agree that "right wing" is something noxious.

Posted by: bot_feeder | April 29, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about this pitiful little article is that Kristol has been assigned such a small space to write his little crap.

Heeeeey Kristol, have you noticed that fewer and fewer people care about you and/or the Republican Party?
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Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | April 29, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

What, me, worry?

Posted by: crblaisd | April 29, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Gee Bill what were you smoking/drinking/puffing when you wrote this junk.

No wonder your former employer let you go.

Posted by: rlj1 | April 29, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Just like the Bush years: "Bad is really good!"

Posted by: mobedda | April 29, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are a politically diverse group from conservative to liberal. They do not vote in lockstep and 60 "Democrats" does not necessarily equal 60 votes.

Regarding Republicans not being viewed as obstructionistic, Kristol is too smart not to know that 1 U.S. Senator can be obstructionistic.

Posted by: JohnnyU2Berry | April 29, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The only person in American history who has gotten further than William Kristol with less to say was Calvin Coolidge.
It's a great tragedy for Americans of all opinions that Conservative thought has degenerated to drivel. But inbreeding will do that and cross-breeding with the Religious Right will not help.

Posted by: djah | April 29, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Although I am a centrist Democrat, I have often written in these pages that we need THOUGHTFUL conservative voices. We DO need a loyal opposition, and we sure don't need an arrogant majority. We've tried that with both Dems and Repubs (e.g., can you say Tom DeLay???) and it surely hasn't worked out well . .

Kristol is clearly not among those thoughtful conservative voices we need. He writes as if Specter's defection is MERELY the movement of an expendable piece on a political chessboard yielding a temporary tactical advantage. He's probably wrong about that, too, but no matter . . . The big point is that Kristol doesn't understand the difference between tactics and strategy, that while Specter's motivation is personal--maintaining some chance for reelection--and thus cynical (for some, anyway), it is reflective of a larger rejection of the GOP that is taking place across much of the country. And it's taking place because ideological purity trumps everything for the right-wingers of the GOP. They call moderate Repubs RINOs and then rejoice at their departure. Unbelievably stupid. And bad even for us centrists who want some balance in our national politics.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | April 29, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

eastlander wrote: "Again how do you rationalize the loss of a republican seat that according to you is inconsequential into gains in 2010. I don't see the connection..."

You first must put the words on a wheel and spin it very fast while crossing your eyes and holding your breath until you become light headed. Oh yes, and the rose colored glasses, you must be wearing rose colored glasses...

Posted by: bevjims1 | April 29, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Right-on Mr. Kristol. Spector always acted like a Democrat anyway; good riddance. He's the Dems problem now. :o)

Posted by: maris1 | April 29, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, I suspect the GOP has made itself pure and holy by Spector leaving. It kinda reminds me of Hitler days when his SS men where groomed and made into a killig force of pure Aryan blood. They could not have others polouting their blood lines. They died out. They were killed. They did not last 1000 years. You are becoming so pure in your blood lines you too will face extinction soon. Your tent has become to small for most of us to breath in...open it up or die.

Posted by: patisok | April 29, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I now understand what it means when a TV show is said to have "jump the shark". The show is still on the air but people no longer watch it nor take the actors in it serious anymore. And such is the case with the Republican Party. They are still around but no one with any amount of intellectual integrity believes the Republicans are going to get their TV series contract renewed.

My question to Mr. Kristol is what exactly constitute a "bad thing" for the GOP? If losing the White House, HOR, and the Senate aren't bad things. What on earth might??? Oh!!!! I know.....Democrats experiencing unadulterated success, which is on the horizon.

I wonder how Mr. Kristol and the rest of the GOP idiots will rationalize the economy rebounding and Americans standard of living is restored? What will the GOP campaign slogan be in face of Democrat success....I know.....They would all be jumping out of windows or blowing their brains out!!!!

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | April 29, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Some advice for Billy Kristol:

There's a Seinfeld episode where George, realizing that every instinct he's ever had is wrong, decides to the exact opposite of what he would normally do. When he does, his life starts to work- new girlfriend, new job. Kristol should go watch this episode. Several times.

When Kristol goes to write and essay, he should take his first thought, then write a piece that comes to the opposite conclusion. His track record would be amazing!

Posted by: tgoglia | April 29, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Bill...you are right. No one wants a rotten apple in their basket. It is much better to let him run as a democrat and let him and others find out that neither party or the public want someone with no principles. The next election will have people thinking about issues before they vote. I hope he and many others including both republicans and democrats find out what democracy really means in the next election. It is time for a new congress.

Posted by: emcrist | April 29, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Recent 4/22-23/09 poll from Fox News (and keep in mind, this is FOX!)

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Democrats in Congress are doing?
50% approve, 40% disapprove, 10% unsure.

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing?
35% approve, 52% disapprove, 12% unsure.

Even by Fox's measurement people approve of Dems more than the GOP in Congress.

Posted by: gce1356 | April 29, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Remember the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? He was the guy who characterized the loss of an arm as a flesh wound and gradually had all of his limbs cut off in a fight with King Arthur and still thought he could bite Arthur's legs off. Bill Kristol, I suppose, would extol his focus on fighting Arthur even as the rest of us laughed at his stupidity.

Note to Bill: In a democracy, your focus doesn't mean squat if you haven't got a solid majority to back it up.

Posted by: jlhare1 | April 29, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse


Bill K. needs to shut up! He has never been right. I didn’t like his delusional articles before and every since he made sure Palin was put on the McCain ticket – I hate his articles even more. He basically sold his soul for beauty without substance. Keep writing Kristol and more republicans will deflect over! You should be ashamed of yourself for introducing the idiot Palin to the world and the McCain camp failed for it! Loser go away!

Posted by: 2mtsenie | April 29, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for Kristol's article about how awesome it is that only 21% of the country identifies themselves as being republican.

Hooray for 2 out of 10 people associating themselves with your party Billy!!!

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | April 29, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Kristol is sounding like he is a member of the Democrat party!!!

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | April 29, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

STOP IT!! STOP IIIIIIITT!! Will you people stop bashing Mr. Kristol?? Weren't you ever taught civility and virtue growing up. You don't tease the BLIND OR MENTALLY DISABLED (RETARDED). IT'S NOT RIGHT. IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT.

Mr. Kristol if you are reading this I would like to apologize for ...Oops I'm sorry I forgot - Mr. Bizzaro Billy if you are reading this I would like to apologize for all of the rude comments posted hereon. These posters just don't understand that you are the greatest contributor to Bizzaro Post.
Don't mean to get off topic but just wanted to remind you to take your Chlorprothixene and Ziprasidone no later than 4pm today.

Posted by: eastlander | April 29, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"it's just a flesh wound!" - Bill "Black Knight" Kristol.

Posted by: martiniano | April 29, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Bill, I agree with your party's position that fluoridated water is impure, and that it is part of a communist plot to overthrow our government. Specter clearly needed to be thrown off the bus because he consumes fluoridated water. The Republican party is now more pure.

Posted by: tmaffolter | April 29, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Given the force of Mr. Kristol's argument, I am very surprised the GOP did not force Senator Specter out of their party and into the Democratic camp years ago. They have wasted all this time!

Posted by: oldwoodpile | April 29, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"Not entirely for the reasons I speculated on in the op-ed, I turned out to be right."

I said it would be good for reason x but instead it was good for reason y but since I said it was going to be good and it was regardless of the reason I gave I was right.

I have similar debates of logic daily with my 4th and 2nd grader.

Posted by: RIRedinPA1 | April 29, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

jimbob5 wrote:Great article, Bill, I understand where you're coming from. What the Democrats/Liberals do not understand is the law of "unintended consequences"

Yeah and you do? I guess you intended for your party to shrink even smaller in a NON-ELECTION year.

Posted by: eastlander | April 29, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

has this columnist ever been right about anything?

Posted by: FlyingSpaghettiMonster | April 29, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Dream on, buddy!

Posted by: austin-texas | April 29, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I guess this proves the Washington Post doesn't require drug tests of its columnists.

Posted by: caribis | April 29, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"Yes...that iceberg that hit our ship was such a great piece of luck don't you think Reginald?"

"Indeed, how else would all these fine people be out on the deck, listening to the music and enjoying the crisp chill in the air?"

"Indeed."

Posted by: AfghanVet | April 29, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

>>"Not entirely for the reasons I speculated on in the op-ed, I turned out to be right. "

Gimme a break.

Bush's compliant Congress was due entirely to the "reasons" Kristol failed to state -- the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

There is no cause-and-effect between party swtiching and presidential success. 2009 is not like 2001, Obama is not Bush, and this thing is not just like that thing because Bill Kristol bizarrely says so.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | April 29, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Bill,

If your feel-good theory helps you to sleep at night, then go for it. But if you want the real story, the one you won't and can't bring yourself to admit, we'll let Ed Rogers, former White House staffer to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; chairman of BGR Group (He's a Righty like you, Bill)

"Notice to Republicans: Arlen Specter changing parties is good for the Democrats and President Obama and bad for us. If you think otherwise, put down the Ann Coulter book and go get some fresh air. There's always a delusional element within the GOP that thinks if we lose badly enough the Democrats will gain so much power they will implement all their crazy plans, the people will revolt and purest Republicans will then be swept back into power. Even if this were true, it doesn't take into account the damage done while our opponents are in control.

Specter didn't want to be a Democrat. The party deteriorated to the point where there was no place for him. Who knows if he will be elected as a Democrat in November 2010? The damage will be done right away, when he votes with the majority. This is the latest in a series of wake-up calls the GOP should have gotten starting with the 2006 elections."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by: pricetheo | April 29, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Finally, Billy gets something right. It is good news that there is one less Repub. Can we please have much more of the same?

What Billy doesn't understand is this generation will always remember the Republicans caused all these messes and left the resolutions to the Dems. The only way for Repubs to regain respect and power is to join the honest effort to clean up the messes they caused.

Posted by: 1observer | April 29, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Bill, you are neglecting to mention that in the 2002 elections, Republicans and Bush were very popular because of 9/11. With Obama's popularity in the high 50-60's, the 2010 election doesn't look very good for the GOP. Especially since, to disagree or have your own opinion on an issue makes you a RINO, the GOP doesn't leave much room for anyone but a small minority of Americans.

So.... good luck with that.

Posted by: skevimc | April 29, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

God, Kristol is even more delusional than ever. What party wants to get smaller.

Posted by: billy8 | April 29, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Good for the GOP?

I Guess so!

One less rat on that sinking ship.

Posted by: Regeman | April 29, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

When the Republicans were the majority in both houses of Congress and controlled the White House we were not crowing about how the Democrats would soon be obsolete.

Why do the Democrats not remember that it was just a few years ago they were the minority, now they brag and strut as if they will rule the world forever.

Such short memories they have. Remember this, your policies do NOT work. They never have and they never will. You can fool enough people to get elected, but sooner or later enough people see though your stupidity and empty slogans and vote Republican.

Posted by: SteveMadison | April 29, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Bill's basic premise is that all government is incompetent. Since Obama will have control of this (incompetent) government, he will fail. His (supposed) failure is good for the GOP. If only his premise were true, and horses could fly, and if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, the Republicans would have a merry Christmas

Posted by: Keesvan | April 29, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, Mr Kristol, always the reliable gadfly! Perhaps he should read Olympia Snowe's op-ed in the NYT today about the exclusionary nature of his party.

And we will still have a legitimate excuse, Mr K: they're called blue dogs....

Posted by: tjconnor | April 29, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Soon, the Republican party would be so pure, they will be just a bunch of cone heads or Kristols who want us to fight their wars.

Posted by: lhao333 | April 29, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse


The republicans are getting extinct. Kristol is another neo Con. His message to the senator: good riddance! Republican party is not a community to go back to..

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | April 29, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

How does this guy keep his job? Really!

Posted by: lynn4 | April 29, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

FYI - Specter returned TO Dem Party..but we know Kristol doesn't research

100 days of RNC -
Boehner demands Congressional 'Pubs DO NOTHING to Protect America
1/30 Steele gets RNC Chair.
2/4: Steele helps Tedisco in election. sneers Tedisco victory is "repudiation" of Obama & Democratic Congress. Tedisco lost.
2/9 Steele: stimulus bill is "bling bling."
2/19 Steele: "off the hook" "urban-suburban hip-hop." GOP
2/23 Blackmails Repubs Protecting America
2/25 Steele: "slum love" for Jindal.
3/1 lambasts bigot Limbaugh
3/2 apologizes to bigot Limbaugh
3/10 GOP want Steele dumped.
3/25 (Day 55): Steele claims his stupidity choreographed
4/28 Steele says Specter flipped him bird.
4/29 GOP's Moonie Wash times rag reports RNC is organizing to remove Steele's ability to spend RNC funds

So much Kafka, so little time!

Posted by: spritey | April 29, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I will be extremely happy to see Arlen Specter's obituary notice.

Posted by: hclark1

-That's more than a little harsh don't you think? I just hope another Dem beats him in the primary; he's too old and it's time for him to retire. Just cause he left the party doesn't mean he should die.

Posted by: theobserver4 | April 29, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Judging by Kristol's logic, the best thing for the Republican party would be for the 40 remaining Republicans to become Dems, enabling the Republicans to come storming back from .....utter irrelevancy. A silly man with a silly column, as usual...

Posted by: chop1 | April 29, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

SteveMadison wrote: "When the Republicans were the majority in both houses of Congress and controlled the White House we were not crowing about how the Democrats would soon be obsolete."

No? I think I remember something about a 'permanent republican majority'. I think I remember hearing from the republicans "my way or the highway". And I'm pretty sure I remember a republican ready to change the House rules if democrats dared to filibuster anything and when warned they would not be in power forever the threat remained.

SteveMadison wrote: "Why do the Democrats not remember that it was just a few years ago they were the minority, now they brag and strut as if they will rule the world forever."

They're not bragging that they will rule the world forever, like Rove said the republicans would, they are just sitting back watching a party, which was great 40 years ago, shoot both feet off and talk about how this is good for them. The Black Knight analogy is perfect.

SteveMadison wrote: "Such short memories they have. Remember this, your policies do NOT work. They never have and they never will. You can fool enough people to get elected, but sooner or later enough people see though your stupidity and empty slogans and vote Republican."

Uh, wait a minute, maybe you can explain what republican policies worked. Democrats can point to social security, medicare, civil rights legislation, and more recently CHIP and other programs. Many democratic programs have been around, and popular, for many decades. Just what policies did the republicans give us that worked? Stop regulating food safty? Stop regulating energy? Stop regulating Wall Street? Hold hands with Saudi princes? Spy on Americans? Torture? Oh yes, and tax cuts giving us debt like we've never seen before.

The republicans are imploding. Democrats are just sitting back watching it like a funny sitcom. What Kristol is saying is that after losing in 2006 and 2008 the republicans have done a careful review of their policies and found nothing wrong. Their hope now is that the democrats will prove to be even worse than the republicans. You can't write this stuff in Hollywood!

Posted by: bevjims1 | April 29, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

You gotta love this country. This guy has been wrong ALL the time, and yet still gets paid by some of the most respected names in journalism for his opinion.

Anybody anywhere else would get laughed out of their profession for making such nonsensical conclusions.

Posted by: kcnativnla | April 29, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Kristol, You're either an idiot or blind to the facts. Let's hope for your sake that you cannot see very well.

Posted by: ch4gas | April 29, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Mr Kristol,

It is not good op-ed to say "well, I stumbled into being right". That means you are lucky, not persuasive. Therefore, I doubt your analysis even more than I usually do.

The big tent is falling down, the GOP must appeal to the moderates, or else the party will be out of power for a long time.

Posted by: KAP560 | April 29, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

God, I wish Vegas would take bets on Bill Kristol's assessments and predictions.

Posted by: swalker3 | April 29, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Poor Bill: he must have forgotten the story of the Emperor with no clothes. What next..."thank goodness we're starving and don't have to worry about weight gain?"

Posted by: charleswilliams4450 | April 29, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Bill...you are right. No one wants a rotten apple in their basket. It is much better to let him run as a democrat and let him and others find out that neither party or the public want someone with no principles. The next election will have people thinking about issues before they vote. I hope he and many others including both republicans and democrats find out what democracy really means in the next election. It is time for a new congress.

Posted by: emcrist

-This is a functioning democracy emcrist. The majority of people said no to big brother gov't interfering in people's private affairs, nation building, and allowing bankers to go ape and destroy the middle class. Republicans lost and they lost big!!! It will continue until the hate mongers are no longer driving the party bus.

Posted by: theobserver4 | April 29, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I have two issues with this column.

1) Anything written by former NYT columnist Wm Kristol should not be filed under "Post Partisan".

2) Could someone call the medics? It's obvious that Kristol, along with the majority of the GOP leadership, has a very bad case of recto-cranial inversion.

I would hate to be any wife or girlfriend of any GOP leader, when they claim, "it'll get bigger as soon as it shrinks a little, a lot?, more."

Posted by: Roofelstoon | April 29, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

My father was a republican and he loved Ike. He didn't really like Nixon and he didn't live to see Reagan in the white house. But he was good in math and I don't think he would have smiled on the ridiculous economic policies of the right.

The republicans need to step up like Shewhart, Deming, and Juran did during WWII and show some progressive conservative leadership. No one in their right mind is going to vote for the destruction of this country and the incredible stupidity of 20 years of trickle down economics.

Posted by: agapn9 | April 29, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

God, Kristol is trying to extend his massive losing streak with predictions, isn't he?

Loser - the No Nothings of the Republicant party and their wrecking krewe of America-hating unpatriotic slime.

Everyone knows you're still on the ship of fools, Kristol, except for you and your deluded comrades in the Socialist Republicant party.

Posted by: WillSeattle | April 29, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This contorted rambling from someone that uses'I' six times in the first 4 sentences....This rant is about him-kristol- and needing to be read--Nothing substantive to say...but running off at the mouth all the same!

Posted by: jetlone | April 29, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Specter in a recent interview said he started his career as a Democrat, so perhaps its only fitting that he end it that way.

The Democrats have controlled congress for nearly two years now and the economy has only gotten worse since then. Maybe Specter will help them kill it off for good.

Posted by: ttj1 | April 29, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm thrilled that little Willy is happy about Arlen's defection to the Democrats. I hope in coming months many other Republican Senators and Representatives will add to Willy's joy. In just a few short years there may be so few Republicans of Mr. Kristol's caliber left that the nation can finally afford to give these sadly deluded souls the mental health care they so obviously need.

Posted by: mhitchons | April 29, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Kristol-

You are a reflection of what is wrong with America. The only consistency you have ever displayed is to be pathologically militant in your extremist views of the world. I am convinced you are insane.

The fact that you and your crony cabal still have a voice in the mainstream is surprising and indicative of how far this country has strayed from a meritocracy and become what it is today. Thanks for getting me to not trust any mainstream media outlet, including the hackrag Washington Post. There is a reason newspapers are dying-- they gave jokers like yourself a medium to spew non-sense that ended up becoming disastrous policy. If you are so concerned about what the rest of the world is doing why not go somewhere else and live? How about a third world country that loves to fight wars and whose leaders need to constantly use propaganda as a tool to control the pathetic masses (apparently Kristol and Krauthamer think everyone in America thinks like Sara Palin and they do not realize that just because THEY are using jargon and 'big' words DOES NOT translate in having sound arguments). Like one that doesn't have a constitution. Our Constitution (ever heard of it?) is not your toilet paper.

To everyone on here Kristol and the right wing mentally, in general, makes sense when you google the definition of "truthiness".

This is too funny.

Posted by: koolaid1 | April 29, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Here's a question for anyone who knows:

In Kristo's article he says: "He’ll [Obama will] be responsible for everything."

Why is it that President Obama will "be responsible for everything" and Bill Clinton was responsible for everything, but Bush WAS NOT responsible for anything?

How is it that Democrats are always responsible, but Republicans are not?

Posted by: lindalovejones | April 29, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bill, do you see this? It looks like 400 hundred people are calling you a moron.

Posted by: MajorMelFunkshion | April 29, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Just because he switched parties does not automatically make it impossible for the GOP to filibuster everything like they have been. You have to have 60 votes. And there are some conservadems out there that just need to go ahead and call themselves Republicans( walk like a duck, act like a duck, what is it? a duck.) So I don't see this as good news for the GOP. Mr. Spectors defection to the party I think is more so for his own political gains. However he did make some valid points about the party and the direction it is going. They only want themselves. He refrained from using the word racist.
So I don't see who this is good news for the GOP. I think they will continue to be the party of No until President Obama leaves office. Many of the no'ers are treating President Obama like black men were treated in Jim Crow days. Thank God more than 60% of the country can see beyond their ignorance.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | April 29, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Specter in a recent interview said he started his career as a Democrat, so perhaps its only fitting that he end it that way.

The Democrats have controlled congress for nearly two years now and the economy has only gotten worse since then. Maybe Specter will help them kill it off for good.

Posted by: ttj1 | April 29, 2009 3:25 PM

#######################################

I know that you want to forget that Bush was president for the last two years and was fully capable of vetoing any bills that the Democrats could pass. In reality, the Democrats couldn't pass anything due to Republican filibusters.

Bottom line - accept responsibility for once for your screw-ups.

Posted by: maggots | April 29, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Dear Washington Post:

How much do you pay for people to write such schlock?

To whom can I send a sample to see if I can get paid for talking out of my rear end, too! I could use the extra money. What a great job that would be. Write crap articles and get paid. Wow.

Posted by: jfern03 | April 29, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow - such insight, such intelligence. You should be the leader of the GOP.

Hey Kristol, why don't you and your reactionary rump organize another party or something.. say 'pearl necklace' party to protest against the devaluation of family values in this country..

I am just laughing at the Republican plight.

Posted by: Pillai | April 29, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Is there a tannery strike?

Seems that the repubs who's job it is to bite aholes out of cowhides are here posting.

Posted by: jfern03 | April 29, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I find it hard to decide between whether the author is a shiny-eyed optimist or just delusional. Coming to think of it, I am pretty sure he is a little bit of both going by this piece.

Posted by: ambrishrk | April 29, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I did a lot of thinking on the hidden meaning of this article. There is a saying 'When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the answer.' After ruminating endlessly I've come to realize that Mr. Kristol is actually a liberal democrat posing as a neo conservative republican, posing as a liberal democrat posing as a neoconservative republican, and who has been deep undercover for many many years now. It's been a circuitious and convoluted path to the truth. Everything now makes total and complete sense. Mr. Kristol actually hates the republican party, but since said party is (well was) a formidable institution it was very hard to infiltrate and subvert so he had to develop 'credibility within the organization' and lay the groundwork before striking the final set of blows. Now that Mr. Kristol has 'street cred' with the 'pubs' they will take to heart what he says. He claims losing a seat (in a NON-ELECTION year no less) is a blessing - **good news** & the gospel according to billy. Now with the strategy in play and with some momentum the republicans who claim to be both the party of God and practitioners of the dark arts of torture and unnecessary wars, and are hypocritically skillful enough to reconcile both will now keep antagonizing those who dare preach inclusivity thereby losing more and more from their party until it is rendered either irrelevant or non-existent THEREBY saving the republicans from being consumed by their own evil. So yes it is very good news for the republicans!!

Posted by: eastlander | April 29, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about the Republicans, but it will be definitely be good news for the country! The GOP occupation is over. Kristol's arguments are always specious. The Times did the right thing in dumping him and adding Ross Douthat.

Posted by: gtinla | April 29, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

So many of you forget the mess Pres. Bush was handed from "Slick Willy" and that the "Dems" have had control of Congress for the last few years and how many of you have forgotten that Pres. Bush tried to warn Pelosi and Reed that an economic crisis was coming, but did they listen, of course not... they only listen to their "own" agenda.. Good luck Dems with this inexperienced, corrupt, socialist administration we are now living under. Wait and see what happens, then you'll start whining, "why did I ever put this congress and this president in office. LOL

Posted by: maris1 | April 29, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I think, Mr. Kristol, that you're whistling past the graveyard, deep in denial, not recognizing the grassroots political realities on the ground in this country. But then, that's why your party has fallen so far behind so quickly. You'd all do well to listen to Arlen Specter's criticisms ( as well Olympia Snowe's recent remarks), they know of what they speak. God bless you sir, we may disagree but we're both still children of the same God.

Posted by: mrobertb | April 29, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Bill, you really need to get out more. Go to a Republican teaparty and meet the remnants of your party. I doubt that you'll like what you see--you might even find it a bit scary.

Posted by: tmaffolter | April 29, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Kristol, it really does not make any difference Specter leaving your party. You guys are always going to vote no to any proposal coming from a democratic president because your party is made up of empty suits with no personalities.

Posted by: RIVASF1@WESTAT.COM | April 29, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I guess 2010 will be another rout for Dems, thanks to the cracked Kristol ball...

Posted by: LABC | April 29, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Bill,

If things get better with the economy in a reasonable period of time, this switch will only exascerbate the decline of the Conservative Party in this nation.

If things do not improve and the massive spending and enhanced social programs now being enacted do not pull us out of a longer term decline, the Conservative Party is still going to have to develop some plan of action other than "more tax cuts."

So far the Conservative Party's strategy seems to be to wait out the results of Obama's initiatives and hold fast to calling for even greater reductions in revenues as the key to stimulus. The waiting game in politics is akin to the "prevent" defense in football; too often the only thing it prevents is winning!

Posted by: bobfbell | April 29, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Next time you flush away a long brown thing, say "goodbye GOP"

Posted by: jfern03 | April 29, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

This Kristol is kracked.

That is koolkat's kommentary on this klown.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 29, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Hiya, Bill-
Thanks for entertaining us once again with just how delusional you are and out of touch the Republican party has become. You are right to question evolution- the rabid right wing neocons that make up today's GOP are several steps backward from the monkeys, and on a high speed path to extinction not seen since the Dodos.
Keep up the good work!
I cheerfully toast your demise! You will NOT be missed.

Posted by: redlily1 | April 29, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

None of this matters. All the Republicans need to do is find an actor with star quality to articulate their ideas so the media will flock to him/her and fawn as they do on all those with star quality. The sad fact is that the sheeple will follow whoever charms them. They did it with Reagan and now they've done it with Obama; policy is beyond their understanding--until it impacts them personally. The only way this whole game doesn't turn around is if enough people become dependent on the government that they're willing to trade their individual liberty permanently for "free" stuff the government "gives" them.

At some point, when that gets ugly--as it always does--there WILL be change. Let's hope it's of the political kind....

Posted by: caligulous | April 29, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"So many of you forget the mess Pres. Bush was handed from "Slick Willy" and that the "Dems" have had control of Congress for the last few years and how many of you have forgotten that Pres. Bush tried to warn Pelosi and Reed that an economic crisis was coming, but did they listen, of course not"

Couple problems with your analysis, numbnutz:

1. Republicans controlled Congress for the last six years of Clinton's administration. So under your line of thinking it was the GOP Congress, not Clinton, that handed Bush whatever mess you think he was handed. Thanks for pointing that out.

2. Bush issued such strong "warnings" that GOP candidate McCain told the American people that the economy was "sound." Looks like McCain didn't heed Bush's "warnings" either.

Bottom line: You're an idiot.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 29, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I still don't get it. Mr. Kristoll is going to have to explain it a little better: Why is an entire party of rigid ideologues ever a good thing -- for the party or for the country?

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | April 29, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

wow! what I diverse subscriber base the WashingtonPost has. At least the Editorials are a bit diverse and interesting

Posted by: abbyrose3 | April 29, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Aren't the WHIGS like NEO-CON Kristol amazing?

These commentaries will be truly revealing to students of the future, and to the residents of the south where the WHIGS hold sway.

The Republican fundamentalist-Taliban WHIGs have succeeded in running out anyone who isn't greedy, full of hate, a racist, a bigot, or an undereducated confidence man who won in an election of rubes.

I think its GREAT for America - now the NEO-CON-fundamentalist-Taliban WHIGs have exposed themselves for all to see - and what we see is ignorant and ugly, self-defeating, and dinasaur-minded.

Welcome the NEO-CON WHIG party to the dustbin of history - for a second time!

BYE-BYE!

Posted by: onestring | April 29, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Kristol for your brief essay on the fantastic and nostalgic.

The only thing missing was "Peanuts" above and "Calvin & Hobbes" below.

Followed by something from Berke Breathed

Posted by: mykulw | April 29, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

We can always depend on Bill Kristol to offer the most ridiculous rationales. He doesn't fail us here.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | April 29, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say this and I hope I am wrong, but Specter does not look well at all. He was very slow in his speech and moving very slowly. I doubt he will survive until the next election. I hope I am wrong

Posted by: empilou | April 29, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

You repubs got a funny way of winning,
But Hey--Keep up the good work!!!!

Posted by: nonbeliever | April 29, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Kristol has now crossed over into the realm of whoop-de- do and can now be classified as mentally diminished. How does one of his ilk continue to be published? Is this some kind of WAPO inside joke? Of course, it is.

Posted by: Diogenes | April 29, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

He keeps tryin', but I guess Billy never learned it's impossible to polish a turd!

Posted by: djackson1 | April 29, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"H" said he would campaign for Benedict Specter, as the pay off for Specter putting himself first and foremost. That means he will win for sure in 2010 when all the ACORN tricks come into play-dead people, homeless, illegals- will be voting for him. The Chicago thug knows how to influence an election!

Posted by: 65apr | April 29, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much Kristol got paid by the WaPo for this 247-word delusional tirade. All in a day's work, eh Bill? This is the journalistic equivalent of a $300M Wall Street bonus for a job not done at all. As Dumbya would have said, heckuva job, Billy Boy.

Posted by: dhkern | April 29, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Has William Kristol ever been right about anything?

If they had an Oscar for being consistently wrong he would get it, year after year.

Is it any wonder Washington Post is losing readership? They employ hacks like Kristol for "analysis" and expect people to pay for it?

Posted by: mbateman52 | April 29, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Ah! you cracker...GOP obstructionism...you got that right. Are you trying to minimize the impact of this Specter move??? Reverse psychology perhaps. Hmmmm.
well the political landscape has changed quite liberally in this country. After 8 Bush years of ineptitude, change has been a blessing. We can finally move to a better and smart directions. Go sit on o'rally's lap.

Posted by: echoaxle | April 29, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

You have been such a forward thinking leader for your party. This is a brilliant piece. Spinning a Republican loss in the Senate at this critical time is remarkable. Didn't you bring Sarah Palin to national prominence? You still want her to be President some day, right? Brilliant. You are a leader. Sure you are. You betcha.

Posted by: mawheelz | April 29, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

You guys are all missing my point. In order for Sarah Palin to have a chance at being the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, the party will need to be more conservative and extremist than it is today -- and yes, that means a smaller tent. And when she does get the nomination, I will be vindicated. Don't you see?

Posted by: wkristol | April 29, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Why is William Kristol writing for WaPo?

Posted by: marion_watts76 | April 29, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

This is funny on so many levels. For one, Kristol considers any day that he writes something to be good news for Republicans. For another, any news short of learning that Swine Flu is selective and kills only Republicans WOULD be good news for the Republicans.

Be that as it may, I am forced to agree with him in this instance. Arlen Specter is only a one-for-one swap for the turncoat, mealy-mouthed Joe Lieberman. Lieberman's defection, in a way, was good news for Democrats. However, Arlen Specter is a jellyfish with a proven record for making a big noise on an issue, and then quietly voting the way that serves his own best interests rather than those of the country. It's pretty funny watching the Republicans try to make it out to be a net gain, which it obviously isn't, but Arlen Specter is no great prize beyond the short-term humiliation value he provides against the Republicans.

Posted by: marknesop | April 29, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

"I turned out to be right," says the smarmy, self-righteous Mr. Kristol.
No, you turned out to be far-right, and we already knew that.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | April 29, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I stopped reading Kristol when he was over at the NYT . Although , I occasionally like to comment on Kristol . He's pathetic and what's even more pathetic is that he's paid for writing this garbage . He's a warmonger who believes torture is okay as long as it's done by republicans . Kristol is morally bankrupt and I think most people know this about him .

Posted by: grammy29649 | April 29, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

You gotta admire Kristol's moral relativism. If Spector had opted to stay a Republican, Kristol would have said that was good for his party as well. His goal and point is to view/twist everything into a plus for his point of view.

Posted by: bpai_99 | April 29, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Specter said there should be a revolt in the republican party. There is. A hard right revolt. Can you imagine a country governed by the likes of a Bachman, a Cantor, a Boehner, a Palin?

Imagine a torture lovin' anti-gay, gun crazy, border shutting, CEO loving, military industrial complex buttkissing, anti-healthcare, anti environment, pro oil, war loving bunch of knuckle dragging biggots calling the shots.

Neither can the rest of the country.

The way the GOP is shrinking down and going hard core, they may have to reach out to the more moderate groups like the KKK or White Supremacy groups just to soften up their image...

Shrink on GOP

Posted by: jfern03 | April 29, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"How come the Post keeps publishing Kristol's garbage?

Kristol should be waterboarded.

Posted by: TomKK | April 28, 2009 5:41 PM"

That is an excellent suggestion. Perhaps we can learn how the CIA/Mossad/FBI/NeoCon/GOP/Jew Media/Military/NRA Kabal plans to destroy the crediblility of President Obama's Administration or worse, neutralize him completely.

Already treated to several widely published pictures of the Candidate's, his Family's and President's Secret Service Agent's faces.

Then, as his Father did to Clinton, Junior Bush has stirred up the stinking mess of Somalia setting the stage for the Military to get a bunch of Grunts slaughtered and blame it on Obama.

Yesterday's 9/11 Flyover blamed directly on Obama by NYPost and their ilk. A certifiable conspiracy- intended to embarass the CIC and involving the secrecy of the DOD, NYPD and other Jew-oriented security organizations.

The WSJ says,
"Mark down the date. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, is the moment that any
chance of a new era of bipartisan respect in Washington ended. By
inviting the prosecution of Bush officials for their antiterror legal
advice, President Obama has injected a poison into our politics that he
and the country will live to regret."

Some of Bush's last Fiats were big concessions to his Gun Owner Militia who are providing chilling commentary and unapologetic threats against Obama's plans to turn America Communist made on innumerable Blogs.

Jews are playing the Reality Challenged Israeli Public against Obama- Haaretz overflows with. "Obama will be the Death of Israel", "Obama wants to give the Iranians Nuclear weapons", etc etc.

National Palestinian Radio interviewed a deranged Texas Gun dealer and failed to respond to his lunatic claims.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102851807

"Dury says people are buying guns as well as ammunition, creating a shortage of both. He says people are buying the guns to protect themselves because they perceive Obama's policies as socialist and rewarding those "people who are not working hard." They are also afraid, he says, of more restrictive gun laws."

Not to mention the numerous other Kabal Konspiracies that seem to plague every Democrat President since Truman.

Monte Haun mchaun@hotmail.com

Posted by: mchaun | April 29, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

jferno, that was way funny. Good post - many of the commenters here are much better writers than Kristol, who puts the "anal" in political analysis. If WaPo was serious about expanding its readership, they'd be quietly offering you guys Bill's job.

Posted by: marknesop | April 29, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Yea Bill that sounds like the same kind of logic that a few nutcases may have used on the Titanic, look the ships sinking, this is great news, we will now we will see how well organized the crew is and how long this thing can float! GEEEEEZZZZZZZZZ

Posted by: sfilutze | April 29, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Bill - Is this even better news than Sarah's nomination was, or about the same?

Posted by: JackLloyd | April 29, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Bill Dear. Could you please pass around whatever it is that you're smoking?

Posted by: rhudspeth | April 29, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Krystal, like all right-wingers, will have to spin Specter's defection from the GOP to save face. However, in a way much unlike krystal's perspective, specter's action just might actually help the GOP..it highlights that the far-right has hi-jacked the party and there is now no place in the "New GOP" for anyone who refuses to toe the right-wing line. consequently, moderate Republicans may react by working to regain their place in the party and taking the party back from the wackos...This won't be easy, but if it doesn't happen, the GOP is doomed to become totally irrevelent in american politics. there is an ever widdening gap in the political spectrum at right-center and politicians and voters must find voice for that gap....if the GOP continues to deny that voice, it leaves joining the moderate wing of the Democratic Party or the need for the formation of a new third party.

Posted by: garycrum1 | April 29, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the headline is appropriate -- maybe a question mark rather than an exclamation point should have capped it. But there isn't much responsible discourse here about the implications or the reasons for the Specter move. So here it is: he wanted to be reelected, and polls showed he wouldn't have been on the ballot -- because he'd have lost the primary. It had nothing to do with his heart and principles. It was Specter preservation. It's reasonable to ask whether his defection will actually increase Democrat power in the long run, not matter much, or contribute to a reversal. In the near term, it's not good news at all for Replublican hopes of slowing Pres. Obama's push.

Posted by: Imperfections | April 29, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

First, "contrarianly" Like that's a word.
Mr. Kristol, you are the worst writer who ever put pen to paper, in the history of the world. And that includes Joyce Kilmer.
Second, in your eagerness to gloat that the Democrats have all the power and thus all the responsiblity, you forget one thing. Democrats like responsibility. They like government. And they generally do their best to govern well. That is why, during the long periods in the last century when democrats had all the power, things went quite smoothly; not always, of course, but more often than not.
Republicans, on the other hand, love power, but hate responsibility and absolutely loathe governing. That why, when republicans had all the power and thus all the responsibility, they broke everything--foreign policy, domestic policy, the environment, the law--absolutely everything.
So it seems your glee that the democrats are in the catbird seat is rather delusional. You're counting on the democrats to suck as badly as the republicans did.
That's just not going to happen.

Posted by: katn1084 | April 29, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Billy Kristol is Right. Arlen Specter's switching parties is wonderful news for Republicans. The only better news for the GOP would be if Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins also became Democrats. Not to mention John McCain and his daughter, Megan, as the current Republican, Chairman Rush Limbaugh, has been urging. After those additional defections, Billy Kristol and his fellow Conservatives should be dancing in the steeets. These days, the Republican Party is just marching from one triumph to another.

Please visit my Blog: "Conservatives Are America's Real Terrorists"
http:/conservativesarecommunistss.blogspot.com/

Posted by: cjprentiss | April 29, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Kristol... "This will make it easier for GOP candidates in 2010 to ask to be elected to help restore some checks and balance in Washington."

Certainly, in this day and age, I don't think much of the Dems either, but seriously... it is to laugh...

Posted by: pmbster | April 29, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Per Kristol:
Obama wins 2008 election = Good for McCain!
Specter becomes Democrat = Good for the GOP!
Up = Down
War = Peace
Iraq = Beacon of Democracy

In the immortal words of John Stewart: "Bill Kristol, aren't you ever right?"

Why does this guy still have a platform? Loud and opinionated does not = Truth. Tune him out, turn him off, and encourage others to do the same.

Posted by: michael16 | April 29, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh hell, I just realized Kristol was talking about an entirely different set of "checks" and "balances" than ordinary people assume...

Lemme just open an account of my own to accept these checks into my balances...

Posted by: pmbster | April 29, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol, geez, the "Quintisential Republican Optimist". Half the Repubs could defect, and he'd concoct something positive about that. Remember, Billy Boy was Sarah Palin's biggest cheerleader.
You gotta love him!

Posted by: bestowens | April 29, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

" Please elect some of us in 2010 for some 'checks & balances' "

- the final republican fig leaf.

Posted by: daveque | April 29, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Where is the content in this opinion piece? Does Kristol really say anything other than "I'm a contrarian"? This is so light weight and fluffy that the Washington Post should be embarrassed to have published it.

The issue is not whether Kristol is right or wrong. In this case, he hasn't really said anything at all.

Posted by: MiddleoftheRoad3 | April 29, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

It's hilarious to see the GOP foaming at the mouth, vilifying Specter as a traitor.

Just what did they expect? They made it clear that they are going to back another guy in the GOP primary (Toomey) to punish Specter for his stimulus vote, and yet delusionaly assumed that he'd just sit back and take it?

The 60-vote plateau is the only that matters for them now, and the smart thing would have been to close ranks and get behind Specter. But once again they favored ideology over reality...thank god this time it worked to the nation's favor.

By the way, anyone who gave Obama grief for not punishing Benedict Arnold (oops, I mean Lieberman) have now been proved wrong. Certainly that would have been well deserved, and personally satisfying for Obama. But he kept his composure and his focus on the future, a stance that is now paying dividends.

Posted by: wagner3792 | April 29, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Like my dear old dad used to say... "Always look on the bright side of life!"

And try repeating this phrase over and over and over to yourself, with a finger inserted in each ear: "I chose to be a snarky Republican, but I know that one day, people will like me!"

Posted by: borntorun45 | April 29, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it, you and the rest of the GOP nut case whackos are acting like a guy who's wife, after years of trying in vain tho control her lunatic husband, finally decides that there's nothing she can do and ruefully leaves him for the saner world before he utterly destroys her and the rest of her family.
The husband on the other hand feels strangely liberated as he sets up houskeeping over a garage in a hovel costing him more than he has left over after paying child support and alimony and losing all of his friends. HAHA! hope you have a good rest of your pitiful life.

Posted by: whenwillthisnightmareend | April 29, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Kristol should speak with:

ED ROGERS

White House staffer to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; chairman of BGR Group

"Notice to Republicans: Arlen Specter changing parties is good for the Democrats and President Obama and bad for us. If you think otherwise, put down the Ann Coulter book and go get some fresh air. There's always a delusional element within the GOP that thinks if we lose badly enough the Democrats will gain so much power they will implement all their crazy plans, the people will revolt and purest Republicans will then be swept back into power. Even if this were true, it doesn't take into account the damage done while our opponents are in control.

Specter didn't want to be a Democrat. The party deteriorated to the point where there was no place for him. Who knows if he will be elected as a Democrat in November 2010? The damage will be done right away, when he votes with the majority. This is the latest in a series of wake-up calls the GOP should have gotten starting with the 2006 elections."

Posted by: bpai_99 | April 29, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The denial of failure from the right get's weirder and weirder.
Reminds me of Spinal Tap:
Interviewer: You're audience seems to be shrinking....
Band Manager: "I wouldn't say that. I'd say their appeal is becoming more selective."

Hopefully their appeal will get so selective that they can be replaced by people that actually have something real to offer.

Posted by: dccamp68 | April 29, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

These comments really reveal what haters the libs and dems really are. Scary

Posted by: hitaxpayer | April 29, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol ... Billy Crystal ... who writes more outlandishly funny material these days?

Posted by: psean | April 29, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

It is hilarious that the GOP wants people to vote for them in 2010 because the Democrats are too successful. It sounds to me like the GOP wants a little political welfare.

If a politician doesn't have good ideas he or she should lose and any Republican who says we should let poor children go without healthcare, but that we should show them some charity, ends up looking a lot like the selfish opportunists I've always suspected they are.

Posted by: zosima | April 29, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Billy Kristol, you are totally right, just like always.

I think the GOP should follow up on this smashing victory and kick these other RINOs out too:

Susan Collins
Olympia Snowe
Richard Lugar

With that, your victory will be complete.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | April 29, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

In the incestuous world of Washington politics, Bill Kristol, in spite of his failure as a writer and a prognosticator keeps moving up. This is not specific to the right. Look at Bob Shrum on the other side.

As a guy who voted for John McCain I am worried about guys like Kristol ruining the republican party in the name of ideological purity.

Posted by: npet480 | April 30, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Bill Kristol will be happy when the GOP becomes so small, we could drown it in a bathtub.

Posted by: duorah | April 30, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The comments here are ridiculous. Obviously Obama sends out his online Brown Shirts to post in every conservative column. Just look at the quality and quantity of hateful posts here. What is wrong with you people? Don't you have anything else to do or are you being paid to do this?

Posted by: Tarheelz1 | April 30, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Kudos for being consistent, Mr. Kristol. I mean, it has now become de rigueur, even among members of your own party, and with the blessing of the hard-core conservative base, to say NO to Republicanism. How appropriate for the party of NO, or as I like to call you all: the No, Nothing party.

This philosophy of being against everything is especially illuminating given the recent defeat of mortgage cramdown legislation in the Senate - your Republicans, of course, in 100 percent lock-step opposition. Without going into specifics about the legislation, I will say the banking lobby was the real force behind the rejection. Consequently, you zombie bank loving hypocrites are saying NO to the long-term health of the economy and NO to the long-term viability of the banks, in exchange for the short-term profitability that results when you deprive struggling homeowners of the possibility of renegotiating their mortgages. You are saying NO to the American people and the American Way.

Mr. Kristol, for the sake of the nation, let us all hope your party's self-negation - indeed self-immolation - that you find so heartening continues.

Posted by: samonet | May 2, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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