Bill Kristol, Wanker To The End

2 comments January 26th, 2009at 07:10am Posted by Eli

Bill Kristol kicks the wankery up to 11 for his NYT farewell column:

Conservatives have been right more often than not — and more often than liberals — about most of the important issues of the day: about Communism and jihadism, crime and welfare, education and the family. Conservative policies have on the whole worked — insofar as any set of policies can be said to “work” in the real world. Conservatives of the Reagan-Bush-Gingrich-Bush years have a fair amount to be proud of.

I’m not sure what his definition of “right” is.  I can only assume that it means he agrees with them, rather than that they had any kind of actual real-world success.  And then there’s this:

In 1978, the Harvard political philosopher Harvey Mansfield diagnosed the malady: “From having been the aggressive doctrine of vigorous, spirited men, liberalism has become hardly more than a trembling in the presence of illiberalism. … Who today is called a liberal for strength and confidence in defense of liberty?”

He’s confusing “liberalism” with the Democratic Party.  Liberals are plenty vigorous and spirited, but most Democrats are not.  Anyway, good thing Obama’s a conservative:

We don’t really know how Barack Obama will govern. What we have so far, mainly, is an Inaugural Address, and it suggests that he may have learned more from Reagan than he has sometimes let on. Obama’s speech was unabashedly pro-American and implicitly conservative.

Obama appealed to the authority of “our forebears,” “our founding documents,” even — political correctness alert! — “our founding fathers.” He emphasized that “we will not apologize for our way of life nor will we waver in its defense.” He spoke almost not at all about rights (he had one mention of “the rights of man,” paired with “the rule of law” in the context of a discussion of the Constitution). He called for “a new era of responsibility.”


Can Obama reshape liberalism to be, as it was under F.D.R., a fighting faith, unapologetically patriotic and strong in the defense of liberty? That would be a service to our country.

If Obama fails, it will of course be due to liberalism.  But if he succeeds, it will be because he turned liberalism into conservatism.  Awesome.  How will the NYT ever replace such a bold and original thinker?

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


  • 1. Ruth  |  January 26th, 2009 at 9:34 am

    This is in the vein of GoPervs in congress insisting that although eight years of unfettered tax cuts for the wealthy have failed with abandon, the solution to our economic crisis is more tax cuts. Right is not a description of doctrine, but of the wing of ideology.

  • 2. Eli  |  January 26th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    The tax cuts didn’t work because they didn’t go far enough, and didn’t put enough money iback in the hands of rich people and corporations so it could trickle down to the rest of us.

    *Everyone* knows that.

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