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Kristol Wraps NY Times Gig
Kristol Wraps
NY Times Gig
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Kristol Wraps NY Times Gig

He's done, and says dawning Obama era may mean his fellow conservatives are, too

(Newser) - The “conservative era” in US politics is over, and so is William Kristol’s stay at the New York Times. “All good things must come to an end,” the conservative writes in today’s column, his last, calling Jan. 20 the official end of the right’s...

GOP Needs 'a Little Chaos:' Kristol
 GOP Needs 'a Little 
 Chaos:' Kristol 
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GOP Needs 'a Little Chaos:' Kristol

(Newser) - Republicans clamoring for unified front should "calm down" and be careful what they wish for, William Kristol writes in the Weekly Standard. Firstly, Barack Obama is hugely popular; he'll be unassailable for months. What's more, spirited debate may serve the GOP better than blind adherence to conservative philosophy. Consider...

Obama Dines With Conservative Kings

Dinner with vocal conservative critics

(Newser) - Barack Obama broke bread with America's most influential conservative opinion shapers last night. The Washington Post reports he was guest of honor at a dinner party given by columnist George Will, along with Bill Kristol, David Brooks, and Charles Krauthammer. Rumors were buzzing that Rush Limbaugh would attend, but a...

Errors Apparent: 2008's Worst Predictions

magazine recalls year's worst punditry

(Newser) - Presidential candidate Bloomberg? Nope. Russia invading the Ukraine? Hardly. Foreign Policy takes a look back at the worst predictions of the year:
  • A stabilized banking system: Shortly after Henry Paulson forecast stability on Wall Street, Citigroup’s stock price dropped 75% and closed below $5 for the first time since
...

Far Right Cheers Hillary at State

Neocons, writers trumpet her ability to defy party on foreign policy

(Newser) - The far right is warming to the idea of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, with neocons, righty writers, and a manager of Bill’s impeachment trial all getting excited about her perceived “willingness to veer right on international policy,” writes Ana Marie Cox at the Daily Beast....

Doggone It, Obama's Better Than I Thought
Doggone It, Obama's Better Than I Thought
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Doggone It, Obama's Better Than I Thought

First pooch search shows his political skill, empathy: Kristol

(Newser) - For William Kristol, election night was bad, but not dreadful, for his fellow conservatives—until the president-elect promised his daughters a puppy. Suddenly, writes the New York Times columnist, Barack Obama showed "competence plus warmth, a pretty potent combination." Forget winning an electoral college landslide; it was...

Kristol Used His Column to Help McCain's Rebels
Kristol Used His Column to Help McCain's Rebels
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Kristol Used His Column to Help McCain's Rebels

Pro-Palin camp fed columnist 'a constant stream of poison'

(Newser) - As Bill Kristol used his New York Times column to relentlessly praise Sarah Palin and simultaneously blast the McCain camp's handling of her, he was far from an objective observer, writes Scott Horton in the Daily Beast. Kristol regularly received inside information from the McCain team's pro-Palin contingent, then used...

Liberals, Don't Be Afraid if This Guy Wins: Kristol

A McCain win isn't the worst thing for liberalism

(Newser) - OK, so John McCain isn't likely to win, admits Bill Kristol in the New York Times. But if he does, here are things liberals could cheer (if they're not heading for the Canadian border).
  • Shouldn’t liberals love it when the underdog pulls it off? “A McCain upset victory
...

Mac Should Muzzle Staffers, Drop Robocalls, Talk Security

Remind voters why they admired him: Kristol

(Newser) - William Kristol has some advice for John McCain: “When you’re in a hole, stop digging.” In a recent poll, 64% of respondents said they believe McCain spends more time attacking Barack Obama than making his own case. The senator ought to pull his negative ads, robocalls, and...

Kristol: Don't Abandon McCain
 Kristol: Don't Abandon McCain  
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Kristol: Don't Abandon McCain

(Newser) - “With 10 days to go before the election, it's getting pretty dark out there” for John McCain, William Kristol writes in the Weekly Standard. All the more reason for true conservatives to stand behind him "for the sake of the country," says Kristol, who's proud to stay...

Bono Joins Op-Ed Page of NYT

U2 singer joins Grey Lady's ranks as columnist

(Newser) - Bono may have finally found what he’s looking for: the New York Times’ op-ed section will be the U2 singer’s new print home, Radar reports. Editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal announced his newest columnist last night, telling Columbia's School of Journalism that the activist/sunglasses aficionado will pen between...

'Outsider' Palin Used Media Insiders to Win VP Nod

PR firm helped her woo pundits, make case

(Newser) - Sarah Palin likes to play up her outsider credentials while decrying the media elite, but she’s relied on both throughout her career. Belying her mockery of the “mainstream media,” Palin hired a well-connected PR firm to target East Coast journalists and courted conservative media insiders who eventually...

'Dysfunctional' Campaign Must Go: Kristol
'Dysfunctional' Campaign Must Go: Kristol
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'Dysfunctional' Campaign Must Go: Kristol

Attacks haven't and won't work, so it's time to go back to basics

(Newser) - John McCain’s campaign isn’t working, and if he’s smart, he’ll “junk the whole thing and start over,” William Kristol writes in the New York Times. McCain’s current “combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic,” the high-profile conservative argues....

Palin Advises McCain: 'Take the Gloves Off'
Palin Advises McCain: 'Take the Gloves Off'
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Palin Advises McCain: 'Take the Gloves Off'

Running mate tells Kristol she found debate 'liberating'

(Newser) - John McCain faces Barack Obama in their second debate tomorrow night, and the Arizona senator's running mate has some advice: "Take the gloves off." In an interview with New York Times columnist William Kristol, Sarah Palin says that she found it "liberating" to be able...

They Can Still Overcome a 6-Point Gap

(Newser) - John McCain and Sarah Palin are up against a 6-point political headwind these days, but that's no reason for them to give up, writes William Kristol in the Weekly Standard. Past tickets have overcome late deficits—Ford-Dole made up 20 points in 1976, though in a losing bid—and McCain's...

Gamble Seals Mac's Presidential Appeal
 Gamble Seals 
 Mac's Presidential Appeal  
OPINION

Gamble Seals Mac's Presidential Appeal

Looking executive can benefit candidate far more than lip-flapping debate: Kristol

(Newser) - Senators and presidents have very different jobs—one debates and compromises, the other decides and acts. By suspending his campaign and heading to Washington, John McCain proves he’s a man of action, William Kristol writes in the Weekly Standard. The bold move might win over voters looking for the...

Conservative Pundits Rail Against Bailout
Conservative Pundits Rail Against Bailout
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Conservative Pundits Rail Against Bailout

Even right wing doesn't like administration's rescue plan

(Newser) - The Bush administration’s $700 billion financial bailout plan seems destined to make it through Congress, but even conservative pundits are bashing the desperate move:
  • If a Democratic administration were proposing this plan, a Republican Congress would shoot it down, writes Newt Gingrich in the National Review. "Congress was
...

Dems Should Fear 'Sarah Barracuda'
 Dems Should
 Fear 'Sarah
 Barracuda'

OPINION

Dems Should Fear 'Sarah Barracuda'

If McCain lets veep pick be herself, a 'mold-breaking example' will be born

(Newser) - Democrats will launch one patronizing strike after another on Sarah Palin in the coming weeks, but make no mistake: Liberals are—and should be—terrified of the GOP veep pick, William Kristol writes in the Weekly Standard. Palin is “a compelling and mold-breaking example for lots of Americans,”...

McCain's 4 Ways to Pick a Veep
McCain's 4 Ways to Pick a Veep
Opinion

McCain's 4 Ways to Pick a Veep

Senator considers do-no-harm and shake-things-up approaches: Kristol

(Newser) - John McCain’s campaign is divided when it comes to a running mate, and William Kristol speculates in the New York Times about the four strategies being discussed:
  • Defeat Obama straight up—If McCain thinks he’s winning, he’ll pick a “do no harm” widely-liked, uncontroversial running mate,
...

The Man, and the Message, McCain's Been Missing

Enter '00 mastermind Mike Murphy

(Newser) - Mike Murphy, the irreverent mastermind behind John McCain’s 2000 presidential bid, is poised to swoop in and rescue his stalled 2008 effort, writes William Kristol in the New York Times. Murphy sat out the primaries because he was close to both Romney and McCain, but with McCain’s machine...

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