The Republican “News” Channel’s Bill Kristol made a rare appearance on MSNBC this morning on Morning Joe. He was promoting a collection of essays written by his father, Irving, the New York intellectual who is credited with fathering neoconservatism.
I’m not gonna get in a debate with Glenn Beck here on MSNBC. I’ll debate him on Fox where we’re “fair and balanced,” where we have these debates among ourselves.
Ha. Don’t put too much money on that debate materializing.
But Kristol did make some slight news regarding Sarah Palin, for whom he lobbied hard to make her not only the GOP vice presidential candidate in 2008, but, God help us, the Vice President of the United States. Willie Geist asked Kristol if he overestimated Palin and if she was still “fit to be a national Republican leader“:
KRISTOL: Well, I think she’s still “fit” to be a national Republican leader. One thing I’ve never liked is a bunch of people like me telling everyone who’s fit to do what. If she wants to run she’s more that entitled to run. She’s earned the right, I think, to put herself before the voters…I have quite a lot of confidence in Republican voters to take a look at these ten or twelve or fifteen people who will be on the stage in debate after debate…and I think we’ll learn a lot as we go through that…I have a high regard for Sarah Palin, but I will say I’ve been a little disappointed since she resigned as governor. I thought she had a real chance to take the lead on a few policy issues, to do a little more in terms of framing the policy agenda. I don’t think she’s particularly done that, but she’s a shrewd woman and I certainly wouldn’t underestimate her.
GEIST: Has she lived up to the potential you saw in her in Alaska?
KRISTOL: Maybe not quite. But she’s young and she could do it in this campaign or she could do it four or eight years from now.
That, my friends, is the way it is on the intellectual Right these days.
Given a chance to say what nearly all right-wing brains will admit after several glasses of Boehner-approved Merlot—that Palin is in over her head and will never become President of the United States—Kristol says he is “a little disappointed,” but she is a “shrewd woman,” who could still live up to her potential.
And so, the intellectual decline of conservatism continues.