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Bill Kristol, II

September 29, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Earlier today, I wrote about Bill Kristol’s column in today’s New York Times. The New Yorker’s George Packer, in light of the column and today’s defeat of the bailout, writes, “I’ll always think of September 29, 2008, as the day the conservative movement brought down the institutions.” After reviewing Kristol’s column, Packer observes:

When a party, a movement, and its shills unravel, the panic leaves behind a pretty bad smell. Kristol, born with an impressive pedigree, long ago sacrificed his intellectual independence to the Republican Party. His career is a cautionary tale of the mental corruption that comes with political power, and it has degenerated alongside the conservative movement for which he’s been a tireless publicist.

And after reviewing the defeat of the bailout, Packer concludes:

Watch Kristol forget that he just told McCain to take credit for getting the bill passed; watch McCain and Palin claim to have killed it on behalf of the outraged taxpayers. However low you bend, you won’t find a standard of truthfulness with this ticket and its backers. The Kristol Plan is the triumph of tactics over everything. It takes years and years spent writing propaganda to achieve that kind of purity.

Meanwhile, it’s left to a relatively young black man, charged by his opponents with being a radical, a liberal, a community organizer, a Muslim, and the anti-Christ, to save the establishment on Wall Street and in Washington.

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