With a leadership void in the Republican Party, neoconservative William Kristol, the Fox News commentator and founder/editor of the “neo-con bible” The Weekly Standard, is now driving much of the debate on important policy matters in Washington.
The Emergency Committee for Israel, one of many non-profit groups under Kristol’s umbrella, is leading the campaign to paint former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as an inappropriate Defense Secretary because of his views on Israel and Iran. (Watch the group’s latest ad)
But critics, even in his own party, say Kristol has some black marks on his record, such as his longtime support for war in Iraq and early advocacy of Sarah Palin for Vice President.
Where does Kristol want to lead the GOP? We spoke with reporter Ken Vogel, who profiled Kristol in the Politico story, “Bill Kristol’s big plans start with Chuck Hagel nomination.”
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