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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bill Kristol Is Charting Future Of GOP, Starting With Hagel Nomination

Bill Kristol is founder/editor of The Weekly Standard political magazine, and a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel. (Fox News screenshot)

Bill Kristol is founder/editor of The Weekly Standard political magazine, and a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel. (Fox News screenshot)

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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  • Rlupodimare

    Question: When does one evolve from being a maverick to being a complete nut case. Cases in point: John McCain/Sarah Palin/Michele Bachmann…… and now Bill Crystal. Lets face it nut cases run the Republican party. Proof Bill Crystal & Rush Limbaugh…… might as well include Mitch McConnell & Lindsey Graham  Wayne LaPierre too.

  • Piltdownman

    Ya know, the idea that the GOP needs to “refine itself” is just flat out wrong.  They have done a MARVELOUS  job of defining who they are, it’s just that fewer and fewer people want what that stands for.  Kristol is just one more supposed kingmaker who sees an opening and assumes he can get rich by pulling the levers.  The GOP is never about philosophy, only about profit….

  • Jasoturner

    Not to be uncivil, but Bill Kristol has got to be one of the worst thinkers – and I use that word advisedly – in the punditocracy.  He is usually wrong, his “logic” borders on parody, he is intellectually dishonest (or else a fool) and his judgement is god-awful (remember his infatuation with a certain nincompoop for vice president?)

    What I don’t get is why the main stream media should pay any more attention to guys like Kristol than to astrologers or inventors of perpetual motion machines.  He has nothing of value to say.

    Again, I don’t mean to be uncivil.   But this guy simply damages people’s ability to have reasonable discussions about rational politics and policy.

  • Katta

    Billy Kristol, a mouthpiece for the NEOCONS still trying to find ways for the U.S. to attack Iran for that little pariah, rogue terrorist state of Israel. The same fellow who had lies planted in the media about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. What the American people got were a steady stream of lies, misinfo and disinfo via the media otherwise known as weapons of mass distraction.
    What does Israel have to offer the world compared to Iran?
    Iran has the largest reserve of natural gas and 2nd in crude oil.
    Again, what does Israel have but corrupt politicians and a slew of MOSSAD agents installed in high offices across the U.S.?

    “The state of Israel must invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the methods of provocation and revenge…. And above all, let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space.”— From the diary of Moshe Sharett, Israeli’s first Foreign Minister from 1948-1956, and Prime Minister from 1954-1956

  • Clara

    Bill Kristol on FAKE or FAUX News spewing his garbage for his masters in Israel.
    America’s Tokyo Rose.


  • Al Dorman28

    Kristol is a neo-con fifth-column traitor and literally no one cares what he thinks.

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