I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Bill Kristol rants

At The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol packs a lot into a relatively short commentary. The title outlines the basic theme:

Anti-war, Anti-Israel, Anti-Joe
The New Democrats

Now I'm not going to do any quotes (ok, maybe one) but I'll touch on the highlights.

  • The standard meme, the Democrats are either wimps or pro terrorist and anti Israel.

  • Even though he is incompetent Bush is a fine leader. Of course he would be better if he had only dumped the really incompetent Rumsfeld a long time ago.

  • The reason many Democrats oppose Lieberman is because "he's unashamedly pro-American".

  • And he concludes with this:
    There is a political opportunity for the Bush administration if the Democrats reject Lieberman. If he's then unable to win as an independent in November, he would make a fine secretary of defense for the remainder of the Bush years. If his independent candidacy succeeds, it will be a message to Bush that he should forge ahead toward victory in Iraq and elsewhere. Either way, the possibility exists for creating a broader and deeper governing party, with Lieberman Democrats welcomed into the Republican fold, just as Scoop Jackson Democrats became Reaganites in the 1980s. Is it too fanciful to speculate about a 2008 GOP ticket of McCain-Lieberman, or Giuliani-Lieberman, or Romney-Lieberman, or Allen-Lieberman, or Gingrich-Lieberman? Perhaps. But a reinvigorated governing and war-fighting Republican party is surely an achievable goal. And a necessary one.
That's right, Bill Kristol sees Joe Lieberman as a potential salvation for the Republican Party. First Defense Secretary followed by another shot at VP.

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