Kristol Clear Articles


Kristol Clear #98

12:00 AM, Jan 31, 2016
In what might seem to have been a desperate attempt to take my mind off the forthcoming Iowa caucus (but what in fact was merely the result of having season tickets to the Met Live in HD performances at a local movie theater), we spent Saturday afternoon at a local movie theater watching the Met's Turandot. It was a welcome distraction from Iowa, in fact--and more than a distraction, because it seemed to me an excellent performance (soprano Anita Hartig as the slave Liu was particularly memorable). Indeed, though I'm more a Rossini-Donizetti than a Puccini person, the whole afternoon may cause me to reevaluate my slight bias against Puccini. Read more

Kristol Clear #97

12:00 AM, Jan 25, 2016
I write this from snowy McLean, where 24" of snow fell, our power didn't go out, and our driveway is now clear. So all is well. And being housebound all weekend allowed me to spend even more time indulging in phone calls about Trump, tweets about Trump, and planned conspiracies about Trump. All perhaps to no avail?   Or not. If Bill Buckley could found National Review six decades ago to stand athwart history, yelling Stop, we today can at least stand athwart Trump, yelling Stop. And indeed Rich Lowry, Bill's successor, asked some of us to explain why conservatives shouldn't yield to the temptations of Trumpism. The symposium is well worth reading, here. Read more

Kristol Clear #96

12:00 AM, Jan 18, 2016
To Jerusalem and Back
  As I remarked last week, one of the benefits of my week abroad was going to be that I would miss President Obama's State of the Union Address, as it took place in the middle of the night Israel-time. Miss it I did, with no regrets. I also anticipated last week that I'd place a 4:00 am wake-up call and an order with room service for coffee in order to watch the GOP presidential debate Thursday night (Friday morning in Israel). But I must admit that, as is so often the case, good intentions fell by the wayside, and I got a decent night's sleep and simply read the transcript in the morning. (I did, however, then write a blog post on the debate, so I wasn't Read more

Kristol Clear #95

12:00 AM, Jan 09, 2016
I'm off in Israel for the week, doing some teaching for a couple of Tikvah programs, and seeing some political and government types as well. I'll report on what I learn in next week's newsletter. Meanwhile, I've got to say the timing of this trip is a mixed blessing, because it's a busy week over here. On the one hand, I'll miss President Obama's Tuesday night State of the Union address, which will be good for my blood pressure and my general disposition. On the other hand, I'll also miss tonight's college football championship game (unless I wake up at 4:00 am, which is entirely possible, given jet lag--but even so I'm not sure the game will be televised over there). Read more

Kristol Clear #94

12:00 AM, Jan 04, 2016
Cheer up!   I was struck, mixing and mingling at various get-togethers over New Year's weekend (and, boy, as you can imagine, those were wild and crazy affairs!), how pessimistic my fellow Republicans and conservatives were. 2015 had been a disastrous year for the GOP, was the consensus, and our next president was going to be Hillary. The only thing worth discussing was how (or if) we would survive the next four years.   Clearly, these party-goers hadn't yet read my editorial in the current issue--which offers grounds for hope, and relatively real grounds, not, I think, wishful thinking. As I point out:   In fact, the prospects for victory in 2016 aren't bad. Read more

Kristol Clear #93

12:00 AM, Dec 27, 2015
This has been a dark week for the magazine--a welcome respite from the always enjoyable but occasionally (let's be honest) it's-kind-of-a-grind-feeling and stress-inducing task of putting out the print magazine. Having a week off (sort of--the website never rests!) does allow one focus on the important things, such as Dave Barry's annual Year in Review which appears, logically enough, at the end of each year. We get it in the Washington Post Sunday magazine; you can read it--if you haven't already had the pleasure--here.   Here, for example, is one of the items from July:   The nation reacts with horror to the news that a Minnesota dentist has killed CECIL THE WORLD'S SUDDENLY MOST BELOVED Read more

Kristol Clear #92

12:00 AM, Dec 20, 2015
I was on Morning Joe earlier this week, and had been planning to defend my editorial last week claiming Donald Trump was exceedingly unlikely to be the Republican presidential nominee. As I walked into the green room at 30 Rockefeller Center, one of the show's producers mentioned they were looking forward to discussing the new Washington Post poll. I hadn't seen it yet, I said. Oh, she said cheerfully, Trump is now at 38%, more than double his nearest competitor.   I took the bull by the horns on the show: "I've just decided to be in denial," I think I said. And I went on to explain that denial is an under-rated life strategy.   I recommend a bit of denial over the holidays. Read more

Kristol Clear #91

12:00 AM, Dec 14, 2015
Last week, the TWS straw poll, in which thousands of you chose to participate, had Ted Cruz, for the first time, in the lead--albeit narrowly, over Marco Rubio. Sure enough, the Des Moines Register poll this weekend had Cruz surging into the lead in Iowa, and a new Fox News poll had Cruz gaining ground nationally. Read more

Kristol Clear #90

12:00 AM, Dec 06, 2015
Well, we asked you to vote in our presidential straw ballot, and thousands of you did. The results were interesting. For the first time in our seven [IS THIS RIGHT?] straw polls, Ted Cruz took the lead, with 30% of the first place votes, followed by Marco Rubio with 26% and Donald Trump with 17%. No one else had more than 6% of the first place ballots.   Here are the results: the first number is the percentage of the ballots on which the candidate was selected for first place; the second is the percentage of ballots in which the candidate was chosen for first, second or third. Read more

Kristol Clear Straw Poll #7

...and a college football playoff challenge!
5:00 PM, Dec 02, 2015

In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter -- Kristol Clear -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. And this time he's added a special (optional) college football playoff game.

The boss writes:


The GOP presidential race has gone too long without guidance from TWS readers, and God knows it needs guidance...so it's time for a survey.

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Kristol Clear #89

12:00 AM, Nov 30, 2015
The GOP presidential race has gone too long without guidance from TWS readers, and God knows it needs guidance...so it's time for a survey. The usual directions: Indicate your first, second and third choices for the Republican presidential nomination from the following list:
Jeb BushBen CarsonChris Christie
Ted CruzCarly FiorinaMike HuckabeeJohn KasichRand PaulMarco RubioRick SantorumDonald Trump.
Vote here. (If you're having trouble accessing the form, feel free to email.)
I'll report the results next week, and the shape of the race will undoubtedly become clearer as a result. Read more

Rubio Rises in TWS Straw Poll

Trump falls, Fiorina, Cruz, and Carson move up.
12:23 PM, Sep 07, 2015
In the boss's weekly newsletter (sign up here!), released this morning, he revealed the results of the sixth non-scientific straw poll of TWS readers.


Here are the results in an excerpt:


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Kristol Clear Straw Poll #6

And a Democratic field betting game!
3:45 PM, Sep 02, 2015

In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter -- Kristol Clear -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. And, there's also special new Democratic field betting game, since Joe Biden is flirting with running.

The boss writes:

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350th, 250th?

2:19 PM, Jun 22, 2015

In today's newsletter, I segued from Alexander Hamilton and the ten dollar bill to a fine performance of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at Wolf Trap last week (don't ask about the relationship, you had to be there--and in fact you can be there if you sign up here) but I then continued:

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Kristol Clear Straw Poll: June Edition

2:39 PM, Jun 16, 2015

In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter -- Kristol Clear -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. The boss writes:

With Jeb Bush's entry into the race, it's a good time to get an update on what you think of the Republican presidential race. You know the drill: As of now, who are your first, second, and third choices among these declared and likely-to-declare candidates? ...

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Kristol Clear 2016 Straw Poll Round Three

2:45 PM, Apr 20, 2015

Today, writing in his weekly "Kristol Clear" newsletter, the boss sent around an updated straw poll to gauge who readers think, at this point, should be the 2016 GOP nominee.

He writes:

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Kristol Clear 2016 Straw Poll Round Two

4:54 PM, Feb 24, 2015

Yesterday, writing in his weekly "Kristol Clear" newsletter, the boss sent around an updated straw poll to gauge who readers think, at this point, should be the 2016 GOP nominee.

He writes:

Several weeks ago, I asked for your (tentative, of course) GOP presidential preferences. I asked, if your state primary were tomorrow, who would you vote for? And who would be your second and third choices?

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Kristol Clear 2016 Straw Poll

12:00 PM, Jan 08, 2015

In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter -- Kristol Clear -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. The boss writes:

I can't help but be curious: Who would you, as of now, prefer as the Republican nominee? If your state primary were tomorrow, who would you vote for? Here's a list of 20 Republicans who've expressed more than casual interest in running... I look forward to seeing your (tentative, it's understood) preferences.

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Camp Pendleton Marine Memorial Restored

6:08 AM, Jun 04, 2014

In a recent edition of Kristol Clear, a weekly newsletter (you can sign up for free here), the boss mentioned an instance of some homeland heroics by a group of Marine volunteers.

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Introducing Kristol Clear

A new weekly newsletter from the boss.
11:40 AM, Mar 10, 2014

The boss has a new weekly newsletter launching next weekbut we're giving you a sneak preview today. Sign up now by clicking here to make sure you never miss out.

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