Uber-neoconservative Bill Kristol, who hasn’t been right about anything since he was Dan Quayle’s chief of staff, has a Post column declaring it “A good time to be a conservative.” Um, OK. His argument is that since more Americans identify themselves as “conservatives” than as “liberals” or “moderates,” things are looking good politically for the Rethuglicans, who’ve moved to the right, not the center, since the 2008 election.
Kristol further enthuses that the next leader of the party will be someone who’s currently a “private citizen,” not a GOP officeholder; he specifically touts the status of Palin, Gingrich, Huckabee, and Romney in polls of Republican voters. He believes that given the overwhelmingly anti-government rhetoric emanating from the cesspool known as The Right, a GOP politician is unlikely to be the party’s next standard-bearer.
Speaking of the party’s future, Kristol notes:
The center of gravity, I suspect, will instead lie with individuals such as Palin and Huckabee and Gingrich, media personalities like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and activists at town halls and tea parties. Some will lament this — but over the past year, as those voices have dominated, conservatism has done pretty well in the body politic, and Republicans have narrowed the gap with Democrats in test ballots.
No, seriously, that’s what he believes–it’d be funny if it weren’t such a pathetic commentary on the state of Rethuglicanism.
Dear God, let him be right this one time. . . .