- McCain, the guy who came into the race with the best brand in national politics, is the "underdog." I guess that makes Barack Obama - who is young, black, named "Barack Obama," and was unknown just a few years ago - the favorite. It makes perfect sense.
- A McCain victory would be - I kid you not! - "a defeat for the establishment." Really. An unprecedented outpouring of support from young and first-time voters, the highest number of small donors in the history of presidential politics, a ground game powered by regular people acting as dedicated volunteers - all on behalf of Obama - and a McCain victory is a defeat for the establishment!
But wait, there's more!
- "It would be a victory for the future...Liberals should therefore welcome a McCain win as a triumph of hope over fear, of the future over the past."
Hope over fear? Really? In Bill Kristol's universe, I guess 19 months of campaigning on hope and unity makes you the candidate of fear, and saying the other guy is an unknown-untested-scary-naïve-socialist-puts-politics-before-country-tax-and-spend-elitist-unpatriotic liberal makes you...um, not the candidate of fear!
- "It would be a victory for freedom [...] Liberals should be opposed to tyranny and genocide. [...] Liberals should be votaries of freedom."
No comment necessary, except this: he actually wrote that, and the New York Times actually published it.
- "A McCain victory would be good for liberalism. Look at recent history. Jimmy Carter and a Democratic Congress begat Ronald Reagan. Bill Clinton and a Democratic Congress produced Newt Gingrich. Who knows what would follow a President Obama and a Democratic Congress? Here’s one possibility: President Sarah Palin." Yeah! Hell, let's make it great for liberalism: Democrats should lose every election ever!
There are two possibilities here: either Bill Kristol just wrote a satirical piece for the ages, or...you know, he's really one of the main intellectual forces behind a strand of Republican politics whose judgment day is tomorrow - and it's not looking good.