9:29 AM, Aug 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Here's an excerpt from the boss's newsletter this week:
Sunday's New York Times Book Review brought confirmation of what we'd heard last week: Daniel Halper's Clinton, Inc., has shot immediately to #10 on the Times hard cover best seller list. This should in turn generate more sales and more attention for the book. It will also mean that Daniel can be introduced on television and radio as "New York Times bestselling author Daniel Halper," which is presumably more impressive than plain old Daniel Halper.
All of this, needless to say, has generated (good-natured!) ribbing at the office, where his colleagues have taken to addressing him not as "Daniel" or "Halper," but as "New York Times best selling author Daniel Halper."
In any case, the Times Book Review also has a short and friendly write up about the book, quoting Halper on the Clintonites' reaction, as well as remarking on the epigraph with which Halper begins the book, from the Great Gatsby : "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into...whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made." It's an apt comparison--though of course Hillary shows no signs of retreating into whatever keeps Bill and her together, and every sign of running for president.
Last week's newsletter featured some of your thoughts on her chances on making it to the Oval Office. This week's magazine has Jay Cost's must-read analysis of her prospects. Jay points out that Hillary's poll numbers are "surprisingly solid," and suggests that Hillary's distinctive brand may save her from the normal losing fate of a candidate seeking to succeed an unpopular president of his or her own party (e.g., Stevenson, Humphrey, and McCain). Jay also points out that Hillary is likely to run a campaign on traditional Republican themes of competence and experience--and he doubts a GOP candidate can beat her on that turf. So he urges the GOP, if it wishes to defeat Hillary, to "wrap itself unabashedly in the garb of reform," and discusses briefly how this might be done.
It's a thought-provoking article. The one thing I might add is that voters in 2016 may want not just a domestic reformer but also an experienced tough guy who'll know how to deal both with out-of-control illegal immigration and ISIS and Putin, and will in general be up to dealing with an extraordinarily chaotic and dangerous world. In other words, voters may want some upbeat Jack Kemp-like reformism, but they'll also want some Richard Nixon-like experience and toughness. I suppose Ronald Reagan in a way represents a synthesis of Kemp and Nixon. But who's today's Reagan?
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8:46 AM, Aug 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The boss was on the set of MSNBC's Morning Joe Friday to discuss Iraq, the Tea Party, and the midterm elections. Watch the videos below:
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:40 PM, Aug 1, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with William Kristol on the pro-amnesty, anti-Israel media and why the gap between the liberal media and the American public has never been greater.
8:36 AM, Jul 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The boss appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday and discussed the geopolitical fallout from the attack on the Malaysian airliner shot down by Russian-backed separatists over Ukrainian territory.
"Is the West going to be serious about dealing with Putin or not?" he asked. Watch the video below:
...Pleasantly Surprised by the American Public.9:18 AM, Jul 4, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on how the founders might view today's America.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:55 PM, Feb 11, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on his memo to the House GOP, and how the GOP can position itself for a successful 2014.
Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Election Day is almost nine months off. But right now Republicans seem almost certain to hold the House of Representatives and are likely to take the Senate. Which raises the inevitable question: How might the GOP seize defeat from the jaws of victory?
11:15 AM, Sep 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bill Kristol joined Anderson Cooper and his panel Wednesday night on CNN to discuss Iran and its pursuit of nuclear weapon capability. Watch the video below:
Sep 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 02 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The statesmanlike case for voting Yes on the congressional resolution to use force against the Assad regime has been made widely and well by conservative foreign policy thinkers. At the end, the case boils down to this: As a policy matter, a Yes vote may be problematic in all kinds of ways. But a No vote would likely be disastrous for the nation in very clear ways. Statesmanship requires choosing the problematic over the disastrous.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:42 PM, Aug 21, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the recent RNC meeting in Boston, and the fights between 2016 contenders and how these debates help the GOP.
Aug 26, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 47 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The good news is that most of the nation remains as opposed to Obamacare today as it was three years ago, when the law was enacted. Indeed, most polls show the public even more skeptical today—as the Wall Street Journal reports, “public support for the law has waned and Republican opposition has held steady.” In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll in July, 47 percent of respondents said the law was a bad idea, compared to 34 percent who thought it a good one.
9:13 AM, Aug 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Fox News Sunday panel debates the GOP's tactical divide on Obamacare, including the boss and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint:
"On Obamacare, folks from the Tea Party wing including Senator DeMint say no funding the government unless you defund Obamacare," said host Chris Wallace. "Why are they wrong?"
8:04 AM, Aug 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Fox News Sunday, the boss was joined by Howard Kurtz, Jim DeMint, and Juan Williams to discuss the continued threat from al Qaeda and the closing of more than 20 U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia: