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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)
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William Kristol writing an editorial on The Weekly-Standard.com says the Democrats are in meltdown and the Republicans are not blowing it (for once.) we aren’t sure we can agree with Mr. Kristol’s opinion this soon as there are signals, such as Mr. Rove’s blubbering that might lead others to believe differently. Since we respect Mr. Kristol, it is only right that he be given space to show he is correct or close to reality in his editorial. Whatever he might do, Mr. Kristol cuts to the chase without mincing words or withholding much in the way of what appears serious joy:
It would be unbecoming for us at The Weekly-Standard—we do have to uphold standards, after all!—to chortle with glee as the Democratic party melts down. It would be unkind to whoop at the top of our lungs as Obama White House big shots quit or get fired, and to cheer with gusto as the GOP leadership behaves sensibly, the Tea Party goes from strength to strength, and momentum builds towards a huge Election Day repudiation of big government liberalism.
So, instead, we’ll simply point out, calmly and quietly, that the Democratic party is in meltdown, the Obama White House is in disarray, and the voters are in rebellion against both of them.
Let’s just say right here, that we cry no tears, crocodile or otherwise, to hear this opinion as we stop short of saying we told you as much on more than one occasion, and would have told you again and again, but we were relatively convinced that most of you, no matter the party affiliation managed to get it close-in to the beginning of this administration.
If this administration was a piece of prime steak ready for basting, now would be the time for Kristol to rub it in, and he doesn’t disappoint. Let’s see:
… This White House will have lost, by the end of this year, a remarkably high percentage of its original senior staff members. The White House counsel, communications director, budget director, and chair of the council of economic advisers are already gone—to say nothing of the estimable Van Jones, special adviser for green jobs, enterprise, and innovation. The chief of staff, national security adviser, and top economic policy director will follow shortly. Almost all of them were oh-so-convinced they were the best and brightest, oh-so-contemptuous of others who had labored in those jobs, and oh-so-disdainful of the American people. If we were less good-hearted and generous in spirit, we would be tempted to say: Goodbye and good riddance.
At this point in his editorial Mr. Kristol begin to praise … at least to raise, the Republican’s Pledge to America as an indication the Republicans have not blown their chance to recapture congress, but have instead, rushed rapidly toward that goal. Here, since we are political neophytes, is the point where doubt creeps in and reason lingers behind. At least it does so a short distance as it is quite difficult, given the last ten years, and especially the eight years of Mr. George W. Bush‘s administration to be convinced the Republicans really do have it, or that they will get it.
Mr. Kristol believes the “Pledge” is the right direction in many decent steps toward Republicans taking over Congress. He says the Pledge to America differs from The Contract With America (circa: 1994) in several ways:
The Pledge, moreover, is a step up from 1994’s Contract with America. GOP strategists in 1994 seized on the idea of a “contract” as a way of bringing disillusioned Perot voters back into the tent. One source of Republican disillusion was that the first President Bush had promised not to raise taxes, and then did so. A contract was a way to make up for the failure to honor the promise to “read my lips.” And the good-faith and sincere attempt to implement the contract, to the degree congressional Republicans were able to do so, went a long way to repairing the damage of the broken promise of 1990.
Mr. Kristol rounds it all up and out with two more paragraph. You can read all of his editorial right here.