Thence Bill Kristol's column has trickled down to make its The New York Times debut, with the historic assurance :
'We don't want to increase the scope of the nanny state'
This is cold comfort for Republicans, but the real value of neocons to the Times lies in their capacity to alienate palaeoliberals. The newspaper's motive in putting his column front and center is as electoral as Time Magazine's was in dropping it. Republicans need no reminding of the recent authorship of their woes, but what better way to motivate Democrats to get behind the party, and shove the neocons over the transom, than to limelight Kristol dishing up gems like this weeks :
" December 2007 saw the second-lowest number of U.S. troops killed in action since March 2003"
Sharp rhetorical practice that--besides witnessing the Marines' and Army's first and fiercest attack on the Republican Guard, March 2003 saw Kristol declare:
" We'll be vindicated when we discover the weapons of mass destruction and when we liberate the people of Iraq."
23 days after our troops set foot in Baghdad he opined: "The battles of Afghanistan and Iraq have been won decisively." Five years later, he fears an administration yet unelected may “snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory .”
.It remains to be seen if his science advisers from The Discovery Institute will tag along, or his Center For Ethics And Public Policy cohort will arrive to reinforce the Times own inimitably communitarian Ethicist. Conservatives once entertained hopes of Kristol's reformation in Dan Quayle's service, but Hail To The Vice-Presidential Chief Of Staff has never been much of an anthem of change. He was a social democrat when first I met him thirty years ago, and such he remains. I wish him joy of his journalistic homecoming.