Weekly Standard Doing Damage Control?

Is The Weekly Standard doing damage control?

From CNN: “William Kristol, the founding editor of The Weekly Standard, a leading neoconservative voice for more than two decades, is stepping down and will become editor-at-large.”

Now, why would Kristol need to stop being the leader of that publication?

From The Hill: “Kristol, 63, has been a staunch critic of President-elect Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy, even going so far as to actively search for an independent candidate, ultimately drafting former CIA operative Evan McMullin.”

From Politico: “Kristol battled Trump in his magazine, on television and on his quirky Twitter account, emerging as generalissimo of the #NeverTrump movement as he called the mogul “loathsome,” “a con man” and “a charlatan and a demagogue” who is “soiling the robe of conservatism.””

On 11/08/16, Kristol posted a note on The Weekly Standard website, in which Kristol says, “I’m lucky I had a chance to stand with so many allies, known and unknown, in the effort that came to be called #NeverTrump. In Donald J. Trump we faced a candidate who is a repulsive person, with dangerous prejudices, who’s unfit to be president. Whatever the results tomorrow, I’m proud to have been a part of the opposition to him. We chose to fight and we were right to do so.”

Trump’s presidential victory has left Kristol in a difficult position with the political Right. Whereas others on the political Right have made peace with Trump, there is no sign that Kristol has done so.

Trump has a history of counter-punching any publication that riles him, and if Kristol were still leading The Weekly Standard, then it’s writers might have difficulty dealing with the Trump Administration.

Sure, there may be a legitimate non-Trump reason for Kristol’s change of occupation, but the timing of the change makes it appear suspicious.

What is certain is that Trump’s victory busted Kristol’s bubble.

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  • Retired military

    Another political eeeelllitttteee bites the dust.

  • Wild_Willie

    He is and always has been wimpy to me. I won’t miss him and the newspaper knows if they want access to President Trump, he has to go. ww

  • yetanotherjohn

    The whole tone of this emphasizes why we need to shrink the federal government. This reads more about who is in the favor or out of the favor of a king or eastern potentate than about a free press in a democracy. If there wasn’t such graft, corruption and power available from an imperial government, we wouldn’t be acting like an imperial government.

  • Par4Course

    Good riddance. Like other Never Trumpers, Bill Kristol, in all his self-righteousness, ignored the binary nature of this year’s Presidential election. If the voters had not chosen Donald Trump, then we all would have suffered through at least 4 years of Hillary Rodham Clinton as POTUS, a thought that nearly makes me retch.

    • jim_m

      And 20 years of her SCOTUS appointees, which would have meant an end to the 2nd amendment, an end to the 1st with a reversal of Citizen’s United, and a federal government completely unfettered by any need for restraint in the abuse of civil rights, where people are put in prison as scape goats for the administration whenever it is convenient to blame them for the failures of a corrupt and ignorant politician.

  • Vagabond661

    To be an egg sammich, you need an egg and bread. If you have one without the other, you are not an egg sammich.

    To be a conservative, you have to be fiscally and socially. If you are not both, you are not conservative.

    • yetanotherjohn

      I’m reminded of Reagan’s “big tent” approach. He didn’t look for just small government supporters, strong military supporters, social conservative supporters, pro-business supporter or main street supporters, etc. He sought them all and showed that while none would get everything they want, all could get much of what they sought. The left is constantly finding new litmus tests to determine who is pure enough for them. Let them do that. In the long run it leads to devouring their own and failure.
      I support articulating positions. As a Christian, I am fully convinced abortion is murder. But why should I expect non-believers to follow God’s rules, especially when we believers do such a poor job. But arguing that the unborn are people can be made without resorting to scripture.
      I also support finding common ground. As a believer in a strong US military as the best route to peace, I don’t mind allying with a Kensian who thinks government spending leads to prosperity. I don’t have to agree with their economics, but we can potentially find common ground that allows each of us to move towards what we think is best.
      In the end, no political stripe in this country is large enough to be a majority. If you focus inward on purity and outward on ridicule and name calling instead of reasoned argument and trying to understand the other person’s position (which has the added benefit of the humility to acknowledge you could be wrong), your political circle is likely to shrink and not grow.
      Food for thought.

  • Paul Hooson

    Bill Kristol is a fellow Jew, and I won’t ever dispute some of his political instincts such as supporting governmental change in the Mideast of states that are enemies of Israel. Despite the severe mess that “nation building” caused in Iraq, it did result in an improved government there, but also created more problems with al Qaeda, Iranian involvement, and even ISIS, but the new government is less hostile to Israel.

    I also feel that Bill Kristol’s instincts about Trump are still correct and won’t take too long to vindicate. Supporters of Trump are the one’s willing to overlook that he’s the only president ever elected with no government experience, and certainly acts like that every day with his rank amateur handling of every nearly matter, which I find simply embarrassing to our country.

    Trump’s vision of “greatness” for the United States seems to be a romance with a 1950’s coal-based energy policy, 1950’s business models in a pre-high tech world, 1950’s factories that are pre-robotic, etc. The problem is that the nation has technically far advanced beyond Trump’s 1950’s views of the world.

    While I think that government has grown too expensive and too large and taxes have grown too high, Trump’s cabinet appointments also reflect a 1950’s mindset to self-destruct these agencies, not just cost cut. A more serious debate during the campaign would have been do Americans really want dirty air quality, less clean drinking water, many safety standards on food safety and products removed? One of the first actions of the Reagan Administration was to weaken automobiles so they could not even withstand a 5mph collision without significant damage, yet this incoming administration may far exceed this weakening of product safety, quality and consumer protections, thinking this to be “progress” going back to 1950’s standards in many areas.

    Add all of this to the con man, accused sex offender and pathological qualities of Trump, where somehow Americans don’t want a president who will level with them, be truthful to them, especially if and when he wants our sons and daughters to defend this country, or we face a national crisis.

    One of the few groups of voters that Donald Trump lost ground with are Jewish voters. We have sincere doubts about Trump because every bit of evidence to raise doubts about his leadership qualities are there. We want this new government to succeed, for the economy not to roll backwards, for his anti-import views not to translate into shortages of goods and sharply higher prices, or, God forbid, some unnecessary war somewhere.

    While Bill Kristol may act a little too smug for my tastes, instead of more humble, I still like him. I like many of his instincts. I sure hope that Trump surprises Bill Kristol and myself, and his administration is not a trainwreck for this nation.

    • Retired military

      “Supporters of Trump are the one’s willing to overlook that he’s the only president ever elected with no government experience, and certainly acts like that every day with his rank amateur handling of every nearly matter”
      Even if everything you said here is true he would still be a 1000 times better than Billary.

      • Paul Hooson

        So by the same reasoning, next time someone really needs to seek out a doctor, they should contact a newspaper boy instead, because they have no experience where experience should be an important requirement.

        I won’t dispute that Hillary had many strong reservations for many voters. But, many voters viewed her policies as about the same as the Obama Administration, while not really liking her personally.

        • Scalia

          Again, you miss the point entirely. We’ve had good presidents with experience, and we’ve had bad presidents with experience. The same goes for those without experience. That’s why there’s no requirement that a person must have held office in order to run for president. Besides, you again got your facts wrong. You’ve made yourself a laughingstock.

    • Wild_Willie

      Barry Obama was elected to the senate and did nothing but run for president. He is the one with no transferable experience and it showed to the harm of the citizens. You need to take off your biased faithbased and ideology glasses and learn. Calvin Coolage is another business man. Eishenhower was not a politician. I would say you know this already but I sincerely doubt your intellectual honesty.

      As most Trump supporters will tell you, we can’t be sure about what he will do but we are certain how bad any establishment politician would do. Ask Sanders, he was purposely tanked by the system/party you embraces. So please leave with your faux worry. ww

      • Paul Hooson

        Obama was a constitutional law professor before becoming senator, so did teach other students how government and the Constitution works.

        • …in order to subvert it.

          • Paul Hooson

            I will be the last one to approve or rubber stamp some of this administration’s views and policies here.

          • Must have been a very short queue.

        • sophiepeaches

          Ha. Was not a Constitutional Law Professor. He was an instructor, nothing more. As head of the Harvard Law Review, he wrote ZERO articles. He was an AA all the way.

    • jim_m

      “Supporters of Trump are the one’s willing to overlook that he’s the only president ever elected with no government experience”
      Except for Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Ulysses S Grant, and Ike Eisenhower. All of whom served in the Military but had no civilian government experience whatsoever.
      It’s not that you know so little. It’s that you know so much that isn’t so.

    • jim_m

      Not to mention the rather obvious fact that the worst Presidents in history have all come from backgrounds of public office.

      Experience, when it is bad experience, is not a recommending factor for the office. Nor is prior success a guarantee of success as President. Something you seem to assume in your argument.

    • Bill Kristol is a fellow Jew…

      Who knew?

      Who cared?

      • Paul Hooson

        It’s Jewish conservatives who continue to be some of Trump’s sharpest critics on the right. Bret Stephens of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL termed Trump’s brand of conservatism “an open sewer” brand of conservatism. Bill Kristol of THE NATIONAL STANDARD termed Trump “utterly unfit to be president”. Michael Medved, conservative radio talk show host has been another sharp critic. NEW POST OP-ED editor Seth Mandel and his wife had to purchase handguns for protection after some Trump supporters circulated their address and phone number Online in an effort to promote harassment or worse because of his critical conservative views. In 2012, 30% of Jewish donor money went to Romney. This year, Trump only garnered 5% of Jewish donor money. Many conservative Jews and Mormons joined together opposing Trump this year and continue to distrust him.

        Trump has a real problem with many conservative Jews as well as Mormons. How he will respond to this will either further alienate these groups if they continue to see unacceptable behavior and Tweets from the president-elect.

        • Scalia

          Paul, Trump won the election. I think he’ll pursue the agenda he ran on. That’s what got him elected, and I think he couldn’t care less what you think about it.

          • Paul Hooson

            I fully agree with you. That’s what I fully expect from him. To do what’s self-serving to his own financial and business interests, and the heck with everyone else. I’d like him to succeed if he can improve the economy, but a 1950’s fossil fuel vision of an energy future and a 1950’s view of technology won’t bring us into the future or reduce a large dependence on imported oil. Today’s Federal Reserve interest rate hike should be the opening to a slowing economy after 70 months of growth.

          • Scalia

            If that’s what you “fully expect,” then what are you babbling about? Trump made campaign promises, and it is expected that he’ll try to fulfill them. Pointing out who doesn’t like him is rather pointless, no?

          • fustian24

            Interestingly Paul, that’s yesterday’s news. At this time we have very little reliance on Middle Eastern oil and that will soon be no reliance.

            We are the Saudi Arabia of unconventional oil (fracking) and will be in a position to start exporting if the laws were changed to allow it.

            And I’m still unaware of any “green” energy that makes any sense economically. Unless you’re talking about some of the new nuclear technologies, I think you’ve got nothing that can compete with hydrocarbons.

            All those other technologies are going to change the world “real soon now”. That’s another way of saying “probably never”.

            And the stock market is essentially a bubble created by quantitative easing. Obama, man of the people, stole money from our children and our grandchildren to keep his buddies on Wall Street wealthy.

            The market is enjoying a lovely little run from people that believe the new administration is going to handle the economy more sensibly, but most observers expect a substantive Obama correction soon.

        • Scalia

          Besides, William Kristol’s rag was The Weekly Standard. Try to get your facts together.

          • Paul Hooson

            Sorry about that typo. I had a writer in mind at THE NATIONAL REVIEW in my head while writing.

        • Establishmentarian.

  • Mohammad Izzaterd

    Kristol has trashed Trump relentlessly for 18 months. A just reward would be the bankruptcy of the WS. Sweet justice, and tasting the tears of Bill Kristol would make it complete.

  • jim_m

    ACK! Yes, that is correct. My error.

  • jim_m

    Kristol has outed himself as yet another go-along-to-get-along Republican, who is perfectly content for conservatives to be a permanent minority as long as they get to pose as being for smaller government while they reap the rewards of graft. Whatever consequences he receives are better than he deserves.

  • fustian24

    I dunno if I’d read too much into this. Kristol is getting pretty long in the tooth. I wouldn’t be surprised if this really is a voluntary move and is mostly about starting the process of retiring.