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Report: Sad GOPers Name Candidate to Run Against Trump, Clinton

His name is David French and he recaps Game of Thrones

(Newser) - Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, with the help of Mitt Romney and other Republicans, has been threatening to run a third-party candidate against Trump and Clinton for a while now—even going so far as to approach Mark Cuban , apparently. Over the weekend, Kristol tweeted : "There will be an... More »

Mitt Romney Takes Meeting About Third- Party Run

William Kristol is looking for someone to run

(Newser) - Mitt Romney and William Kristol met privately "over glasses of water" Thursday to discuss running a third-party candidate and the possibility that candidate might be Romney himself, the Washington Post reports. Kristol, a conservative commentator and editor of the Weekly Standard, has been a major part of the #NeverTrump... More »

Grover Norquist: Impervious to Reality

Dana Milbank says conservative leader is fooling himself

(Newser) - To the casual observer, it might look like Republicans are ready to raise taxes; the likes of John Boehner, Bill Kristol, and Bob Corker have all hinted as much. But Grover Norquist isn't worried, observes Dana Milbank at the Washington Post , dubbing him, "the party’s Prefect of... More »

Feinstein: No Link Between Petraeus' Fall, Benghazi

Politicians suspicious of FBI role, plan to investigate

(Newser) - The election might be over, but the talk shows must go on and in case you hadn't heard, David Petraeus had an affair and quit his job as CIA chief, causing much gnashing of teeth and many protestations of shock—shock!—on your television dial. Without further ado,... More »

Ann Romney to Mitt's Critics: Stop It

'You want to try it? Get in the ring,' she says

(Newser) - This hasn't been a great week for the Romney campaign, but Ann Romney has had quite enough of hearing fellow Republicans criticize her husband. "Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring," she said during an interview with Radio Iowa yesterday.... More »

Conservatives Piling On Romney, Too

Although Rush Limbaugh calls clip a 'golden opportunity'

(Newser) - We almost feel bad posting yet more negative reaction to Romney's 47% snafu, but it seems worth noting that conservatives aren't exactly lining up to defend the GOP standard-bearer. As of this writing, two of the top stories on the Weekly Standard front page are a blistering William... More »

Romney Was Wrong to Ignore Troops, War

Bill Kristol says candidate made mistake skipping the soldiers

(Newser) - Despite having 68,000 Americans serving in Afghanistan, Mitt Romney made no mention about the war in his acceptance speech Thursday evening, earning him a harsh rebuke from conservative Bill Kristol in the Weekly Standard . "Leave aside the question of the political wisdom of Romney's silence, and the... More »

Obama Thinks He Knows Romney's VP Pick

Romney wants to choose Gen. David Petraeus, president thinks

(Newser) - The speculation over Mitt Romney's VP pick continues, and even the president is getting in on the guessing game: This week, Obama told a top fundraiser that he thinks Romney wants to choose Gen. David Petraeus. "The president wasn't joking," an insider tells the Drudge Report... More »

Romney Ducks on Immigration —5 Times

Plus, a ton of reaction to Obama's shift

(Newser) - As Republicans pounced on President Obama's immigration shift , Mitt Romney was surprisingly noncommittal when asked today no fewer than five times whether he'd repeal the policy. Instead, Romney, who needs to make tracks with lukewarm Latino voters, called for a "long-term solution." He further blasted Obama'... More »

Hey, Voters: Ignore the Pundits

William Kristol gives a pep talk to early voting Republicans

(Newser) - Are you a Republican from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Florida, wondering how to vote in your imminent primary or caucus? Then William Kristol has a pep talk for you in the latest Weekly Standard . Vote for the man or woman who you think will do the job best,... More »

Weekly Standard Likes Newt Gingrich's Chances

Cover story says he could take nomination and beat Obama

(Newser) - Look out, Mitt. The conservative Weekly Standard thinks Newt Gingrich has a legit shot at being the nominee. In the new cover story , Fred Barnes writes that GOP voters are so "obsessed" with defeating President Obama they'd be willing to overlook Gingrich's "past sins," including... More »

Dear GOP: It's Time to Panic

GOP field can't beat struggling Obama: Matt Latimer

(Newser) - On the surface, things aren’t looking good for President Obama—but if Republicans want to beat him, they’ll need a viable candidate. And that’s something they don’t appear to have, writes Matt Latimer for the Daily Beast . Instead, they’ve got battered Herman Cain, who’s... More »

Hooray for a Chaotic Primary

'Wide open' field is great for GOP: Kristol

(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... More »

William Kristol: Rudy Giuliani Will Run

Former mayor not skipping New Hampshire this time, sources say

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani is getting ready to enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, who cites "two reliable sources." The deep-pocketed former mayor of New York City has learned some lessons from his disastrous 2008 bid, when he withdrew to Florida... More »

FBI Suspected Irving Kristol of Soviet Ties

5-month investigation ultimately cleared neo-con giant

(Newser) - During the late 1980s, the father of neoconservatism—who is also the father of Fox News commentator and Weekly Standard boss Bill Kristol—was investigated by the FBI over possible contact with a suspected Soviet agent, Gawker finds in a study of FBI documents. The much-redacted documents suggest contact information... More »

Hawks Should Applaud Iraq Speech

The president showed respect for a war he opposed

(Newser) - Even the staunchest Iraq war supporters had to be happy with the speech Barack Obama delivered last night to mark the end of combat operations, writes William Kristol of the Weekly Standard . “President Obama opposed the war in Iraq. He still thinks it was a mistake,” he reasons.... More »

Dear Bill Kristol, You Should Resign

And Liz Cheney, too, because Michael Steele was correct

(Newser) - Ann Coulter comes to a rousing defense of Michael Steele in Human Events , saying he was "absolutely correct" in his criticism of President Obama and the Afghan war. "It has been idiotically claimed that Steele's statement about Afghanistan being Obama's war is 'inaccurate'—as if Steele is unaware... More »

Steele Backs Off Afghan War Smack Talk

RNC chair rushes to declare support for troops

(Newser) - Having enraged conservatives and delighted Democrats by criticizing the decision to engage in Afghanistan—a policy advanced by President Bush and supported by congressional Republicans—the RNC chairman is scrambling to defuse the controversy, reports the Washington Post . "For the sake of the security of the free world, our... More »

Kristol: Obama's Betting on Victory

President is clearly looking to win in Afghanistan

(Newser) - President Obama's decision to can Stanley McChrystal got a round of applause from predictable circles, but now it's William Kristol at the Weekly Standard giving the president props. In appointing David Petraeus to lead the Afghan war, Obama is committing to victory, Kristol writes, rather than the arbitrary deadline favored... More »

From the Right, Scorn and Talk of Repeal

Conservatives hold out hope for success in 2010, 2012

(Newser) - Conservatives are not happy about the House's passage of health care reform legislation. Some opinions:
  • Paraphrasing Marx in the Weekly Standard , William Kristol writes that while the "the first appearance in full flower of modern American liberalism" in the 1960s was a "tragedy," this second coming is
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