|January 14, 2008|
|Why was Hillary crying? Maybe she read Bill Kristol's kick-off op-ed in the New York Times|
|By Kevin McCauley|
|Why was Hillary Clinton crying yesterday? Could it be that she read Bill Kristol’s initial op-ed piece in the New York Times about Barack Obama knocking her off in New Hampshire and thus ending any chance of the “Clinton Restoration.” Probably not. |
Kristol’s piece did provide much comic relief to the NYT. It’s a shame the Times is only going to run his op-ed once a week. At the very least, the Times should give Kristol another shot. How about the Sunday Magazine’s “Funny Pages?”
Let’s go back to Kristol’s maiden column. Is the Weekly Standard editor serious in putting the word “President” before Mike Huckabee’s name?
Kristol is sure the Huck is going to lock up voters once they realize that he is “just not a crazy Christian.” There is more to Huckabee than his belief in creationism over evolution.
Take his loopy tax plan, disinterest in foreign policy or the Huck’s latest mission to remove “birthright citizenship” from the U.S. Constitution. That’s right. As Iranian speedboats play tag with the U.S. Navy and nuclear-armed Pakistan moves to the edge, Huckabee wants to tinker with the Constitution. Geez, even President Bush is showing some interest in foreign policy as he prepares for his trip to the Holy Land.
The indispensable Washington Times reports today that Huckleberry wants to change the 14th Amendment that says “all persons born or naturalized in United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.” Huckabee scores a point for creativity since “members of Congress have never tried to change birthright citizenship by law,” according to the Times.
Unlike dotty Bill, this blogger thinks Huck’s biggest contribution to the Presidential race will be the “Huck-a-burger,” a gourmet sandwich created by Concord restaurant owner Brian Shea.
The Huck-a-burger has either buffalo or beef on a whole wheat bun with tomato, spinach and fried pickles. Huckabee declared the burger “good for the system and a healthy way to get grains.” Shea should cash-in real quick because Huckabee will soon be a footnote to the `08 Presidential race.
Kristol, who was just dropped by Time, also used his NYT platform to [erroneously] plug right-wing ideologue Michelle Malkin, a name not typically found in the pages of the Times. That slight is for good reason.
The Times has been roundly criticized for hiring Kristol, one of the biggest supporters of the disaster in Iraq that has cost the lives of nearly 4,000 Americans.
All points of view should be aired in the Times. David Brooks is too mild-mannered to carry the conservative banner at the NYT. [Note to Rupert Murdoch: How about opening up the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal to some liberal writers?]
The Times, however, could have hired a brighter bulb than Kristol who infamously once suggested that his new employer be prosecuted for doing the right thing when it reported on the Bush Administration's program to secretly monitor international banking transactions. That was good journalism deserving a tip of the hat.
Buck up, Hillary. Just don’t invite Kristol to your Inaugural Ball. That’s dependent on Clinton’s ability to fend off the surging Obama, a candidate who promises a revolution rather than a restoration.
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