Here’s the deal, I used to like Bill Kristol take on liberals on Sunday morning talk shows when I switched parties. I thought he was on point and he knew what he was talking about. He didn’t leave anything on the table, and he went for broke every time.
I don’t see that person anymore. I see an angry man that was unable to put together a candidate who could speak to not only Republicans but Democrats, Independents and bring in new voters as the times changed.
It seemed that the world passed Kristol by and he remained the same. I hate to say this but Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation was allowed to happen, and this world is in the crapper for it.
People like Kristol are stuck in their ways thinking there is no way but his way even though his way doesn’t speak to the new way. Kristol is stepping down from the editor of the Weekly Standing and moving to an Editor-At-Large position. Maybe it’s better, and maybe the Weekly standing won’t learn anything.
From Weekly Standard:
Dear colleagues, contributors, readers, and friends:
Change is coming to THE WEEKLY STANDARD!
After 21 years as editor, I’m very pleased to announce that I’m moving over to become editor at large and that my longtime colleagues Steve Hayes and Richard Starr have agreed to take on the responsibility for day-to-day management of the magazine. I’m thoroughly looking forward to the welcome opportunity to work on longer pieces while continuing to write weekly editorials and contribute to the website. With Steve and Richard at the helm, the magazine couldn’t be in better hands.
I thank all of you—colleagues, contributors, readers, and friends—who’ve made my stint as editor of THE WEEKLY STANDARD such a great experience. When we started the magazine in 1995, we hoped we’d last a while. It’s gratifying that we’re still going strong a generation later, and I appreciate more than I can say the efforts of all those who’ve made this possible.
You can still keep your principles, but you have to adapt. The old world is gone, and you’re never going to get that back. But there are ways to bring conservatism into this new generation. First, you have to develop a plan to stop speaking to your crowd and branching out. I know that sounds easy but if it were that easy, many of these writers would know what’s going on in urban communities so they could speak to them and reach out.
The Weekly Standard doesn’t do that. It’s for a group of people and likes to speak to each other and therein lies the problem.
I am still new to the conservative side (joined in 2007), but I know where I came from, and the liberal side I left would never engage with the Weekly Standard crowd because they don’t get it.
Like I said before, maybe things will change and then again, maybe they won’t.
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