William Kristol

William Kristol is the editor of The Weekly Standard, is a regular on ABC’s This Week and on ABC’s special events and election coverage, and appears frequently on other leading political commentary shows. Before starting the Weekly Standard in 1995, Mr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory.

Stories by William Kristol

What Will the Nixon-Reagan-Bush Republicans Do?

07:14 PM, Nov 27, 2015
How unusual is this year's GOP presidential race? Consider this: Here's roster of the eleven men who've won Republican presidential nominations going back to 1944: Mitt Romney, John McCain, George W. Bush, Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Barry... Read more

Was the Fight for Soviet Jewry Illegitimate?

02:28 PM, Nov 19, 2015
“It would send a demoralizing and dangerous message to the world that the United States makes judgments about people based on the country they come from and their religion.”  Have these groups ever heard of the struggle for Soviet Jewry? Was it wrong to single out that group in... Read more

'President Obama's Cynical Refugee Ploy'

11:38 AM, Nov 19, 2015
Walter Russell Mead has a terrific piece in the American Interest on " President Obama's Cynical Refugee Ploy ." Highlights: To see the full cynicism of the Obama approach to the refugee issue, one has only to ask President Obama’s least favorite question: Why is there a Syrian refugee... Read more

BHL: 'So It's War'

07:15 PM, Nov 17, 2015
Bernard-Henri Lévy has written an intelligent and forceful, if somewhat grandiloquent, piece on Paris and its implications. Highlights: So it’s war. A new kind of war. A war with and without borders, with and without states, a war doubly new because it blends the non-territorial model of... Read more

'An American Fight?'

03:54 PM, Nov 15, 2015
During the Democratic debate Saturday night, Hillary Clinton said that ISIS "cannot be contained, it must be defeated." She also said, not once but twice, that this "cannot be an American fight" (while adding, "although American leadership is essential"). But the fact is that if ISIS is to... Read more

Steyn on Paris: 'The Barbarians Are Inside, And There Are No Gates'

01:14 PM, Nov 14, 2015
Here's the most compelling and powerful reaction I've read so far to the attacks in Paris, by Mark Steyn, " The Barbarians Are Inside, And There Are No Gates ." Some highlights:  When the Allahu Akbar boys opened fire, Paris was talking about the climate-change conference due to... Read more

A Broad Freedom Agenda

04:46 PM, Nov 13, 2015
A thought-provoking email in response to my editorial, " The Self-Destruction of the American University :" Let me second your editorial and then some--because the problem isn't just a university problem. Conservatives need to realize that "little guys" like me are in a lot of trouble.... Read more

Young Republicans, Old Democrats

07:05 PM, Nov 02, 2015
In January 2011, we at TWS had the notion that it would be good to defeat President Obama in 2012. And so  in a blog post  we asked the sensible question: " Wouldn't it be easier just to agree now on a Ryan-Rubio ticket, and save everyone an awful lot of time, effort,... Read more

Cruz's Golden Moment

05:10 PM, Oct 30, 2015
Interesting political debates typically have what could be called primary effects. In Wednesday night's case, those would include the Bush-Rubio exchange, which did a lot of good for Rubio and a lot of damage to Bush, and the Cruz assault on the moderators, which was dazzling. But there are... Read more

Putin, Biden, and the GOP

12:00 AM, Oct 05, 2015
Let me risk ridicule by mentioning the ruthless Vladimir Putin and the clueless Joe Biden in the same sentence: The emergence of Putin abroad and Biden at home could reshape the 2016 Republican presidential race. Putin : The decline in American power and prestige under our current president,... Read more

The Week of Walker and Boehner

12:27 PM, Sep 26, 2015
On Monday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, the Republican presidential front-runner on April Fools' Day, quit the contest. There had been no scandal which disgraced him, no momentous mistake which undermined him. It was simply that he once had support from Republican primary voters; he no... Read more

Jake Brewer, In Memoriam

08:01 PM, Sep 20, 2015
All of us at THE WEEKLY STANDARD are shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible news of the death in a cycling accident of our friend Jake Brewer, at age 34. Jake, the husband of contributing editor Mary Katharine Ham, was not only a person of great achievement and remarkable promise, but a... Read more

Kristol: The Party of the Iran Deal

02:30 PM, Sep 11, 2015
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the Iran deal, and his recent piece The Supporting Actors . This podcast can be downloaded  here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's  iTunes podcast feed here . ADVERTISEMENT This podcast is brought to you by... Read more

TWS Straw Poll: A GOP Elite Eight, Heading toward a Final Four?

11:09 PM, Sep 07, 2015
The results of the latest straw poll of WEEKLY STANDARD readers are in. It's not a scientific poll, of course—but since the respondents are very perceptive WEEKLY STANDARD readers, I'm going to claim (why not?) that the results are a suggestive leading indicator of where the GOP race may be... Read more

TWS Straw Poll

10:42 PM, Sep 07, 2015
The results of the latest straw poll of WEEKLY STANDARD readers are in. It's not a scientific poll, of course--but since the respondents are very perceptive WEEKLY STANDARD readers, I'm going to claim (why not?) that the results are a suggestive leading indicator of where the... Read more

Contemporary Thinkers

07:02 PM, Sep 07, 2015
I'm pleased to let you know that the Foundation for Constitutional Government, which produces the  Conversations  that I've been hosting for a couple of years, has just released a series of websites called   Contemporary Thinkers .   The aim is to make more easily... Read more

'A Peculiarly American Holiday'

01:10 PM, Sep 07, 2015
It's Labor Day—the end of summer, the beginning of the school year (though now schools usually begin earlier), the time when the pennant races get interesting (will the Mets collapse  yet again ?), and the traditional kick-off for the presidential races (as you may have noticed, those now... Read more

The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton: Cancel the Wedding?

03:29 PM, Sep 06, 2015
A few people have asked me to elaborate on the thought I tried hurriedly to express at the end of the This Week roundtable. Here it is: Republicans have a problem, while Democrats have a crisis. Republicans have had an exciting summer fling with Donald Trump, and are about to embark on... Read more

'The Silent Majority'

02:46 PM, Aug 31, 2015
I've suggested before that 2016 is beginning to look more and more like 1968. This is true in terms of the presidential contests—on the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders is Eugene McCarthy, Hillary Clinton is Lyndon Johnson, Joe Biden will be Hubert Humphrey, and (the big question!) Elizabeth... Read more

'Borderline Anti-Semitic'

01:17 PM, Aug 31, 2015
A week ago, I suggested that—contrary to conventional wisdom and perhaps even to first-blush common sense—the GOP field might benefit from one or more new candidates. One of the well-qualified dark horses I mentioned was third-term Rep. Mike Pompeo from Wichita, Kansas. Pompeo's been a... Read more

Will Biden Be Bluffed?

07:08 PM, Aug 29, 2015
A savvy friend who's held elective office emails: Those are somewhat amazing stories in the Post, Politico, & CNN about how strong Clinton is and how hard it would be for Biden to win the nomination. Note: they largely quote Clinton supporters and use her talking points. Each story is... Read more

An October Surprise For the GOP?

08:05 PM, Aug 22, 2015
Next year will be the most consequential presidential election in two generations. Given how difficult it is to hold the White House for three straight terms, and given President Obama's shaky approval numbers, Republicans will have a good chance to win. On the other hand, Democrats had a good... Read more

Amy Apfel Kass, 1940-2015

07:11 PM, Aug 20, 2015
We are very sorry to have to inform our readers of the death last night of our friend, our teacher (in class and out), and above all a woman whom we thoroughly and unreservedly admired, Amy Kass. Amy's character and her work will be the subject of many well-deserved tributes in the days and... Read more

Walker Steps Up

08:02 PM, Aug 18, 2015
As Jeffrey Anderson noted  in this week's issue of the magazine, the issue of Obamacare featured less conspicuously that one might have expected in the first Republican presidential debate. More broadly, the issue has been less central to the GOP primary campaign than one might have... Read more

Lessons of Conquest

12:00 AM, Aug 17, 2015
I t’s more than a quarter-century since the Berlin Wall came down. We now take it for granted that it happened, assume it was inevitable that it would happen, and forget that some people helped bring about victory in the Cold War while others sought to impede their efforts. As Joseph Bottum... Read more

Peter William Schramm, 1946-2015

10:33 PM, Aug 16, 2015
Just about six weeks ago, I had the honor of participating in a tribute at Ashland University for Peter Schramm , who had been diagnosed with a terminal disease. It was a very moving event, and Peter summoned all his energies to give truly wonderful and memorable remarks (which you can and... Read more

Wow: Americans Oppose Iran Deal by Two to One

11:35 AM, Aug 03, 2015
In a new national poll , Quinnipiac asked the question in as straightforward a way as possible: "Do you support or oppose the nuclear deal with Iran?" And, "Do you think the nuclear deal with Iran would make the world safer or less safe?" The results are stunning: Americans oppose the deal,... Read more

Who Was Maureen Dowd's Source?

09:05 PM, Aug 01, 2015
Here's part of Maureen Dowd's interesting and moving column in tomorrow's New York Times on Joe Biden: When Beau realized he was not going to make it, he asked his father if he had a minute to sit down and talk. “Of course, honey,” the vice president replied. At the table,... Read more

Conference Call with the President!

04:31 PM, Jul 30, 2015
Today! A chance to chat with President Obama about the Iran deal! Be there or be square!   We at THE WEEKLY STANDARD wanted to let our readers know about a White House conference call later today that you're entitled to call into--despite the fact that "The White House urged us... Read more

Tom Brady and Hillary Clinton

11:50 AM, Jul 29, 2015
A friend with political experience who's also a sports fan writes: “The media seem largely in agreement that Tom Brady deserves his punishment because he destroyed his personal cell phone . “Meanwhile, much of the media is defending Hillary Clinton, even though as a PUBLIC... Read more