Hooray for a Chaotic Primary
'Wide open' field is great for GOP: Kristol
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 13, 2011 11:58 AM CDT
Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks attends a Republican luncheon, Thursday, June 2, 2011, in North Conway, N.H.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(Newser) – Hey, pundits: Quit moaning about the lack of a clear GOP field for 2012. It’s shifting and twisting every day, and that’s “good for the Republican party, good for the conservative cause, and good for the country,” writes William Kristol in the Weekly Standard. Sure, Newt Gingrich might drop out; Rick Perry might join in; Chris Christie or Rudy Giuliani might take a shot at the nomination, and “others are lurking in the wings,” one of whom is named Bush.

“The control freaks in the political establishment have a case of agita. The donor class—who made fortunes taking risks but who want certainty in politics—are uncomfortable. The media have lost control of the narrative,” Kristol notes. But all these things are good: competition, kicking the tires, road testing, surprises. So “let’s allow the political free market to work,” Kristol writes, “long enough for voters to know what’s out there.” And then, “with much, much more valuable information than they have now,” voters can make their decision.