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Taking Idiocy Seriously

Oct 17, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 05 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Meanwhile, the Republican leadership in the House is bogged down (understandably) in managing its own fractious caucus, and in tactical battles with President Obama. The Republicans in the Senate are even more preoccupied with skirmishes with Harry Reid. Has any big idea emerged from the Hill since Paul Ryan’s budget? Has the presidential campaign had a single memorable speech​—​or even a memorable soundbite?

There is still time. And the fecklessness of the Obama administration, and the idiocy of the left, may mean that conservatives can get away with playing prevent defense over the next year. But the Wall Street protests serve as a useful reminder of the volatile and unpredictable nature of politics at a moment like this​—​and a reminder that it’s generally better to be on offense.

When you’re on offense, though, it helps to have a quarterback.

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