Bill Kristol to GOP: Take Obama’s Deal


Glimmers of hope continue to shine through: prominent conservative intellectual Bill Kristol on Fox News Sunday earlier today:

“It won’t kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It really won’t, I don’t think. I don’t really understand why Republicans don’t take Obama’s offer.”

“Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and half of whom live in Hollywood and are hostile?” he asked.

Kristol understands that Obama, who is really a classical conservative, offered a deal that would usher in a much of what honest Republicans have been wanting for decades. Smaller government, spending cuts, fiscal responsibility. Ideological purists chose perfect over good and got nothing during the debt ceiling debate. Many of them lost their elections (I’m looking at you, Alan West). With the crazies on their heels, maybe something can get done.

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3 Responses to Bill Kristol to GOP: Take Obama’s Deal

  1. “Kristol understands that Obama, who is really a classical conservative” – Are you calling Obama a classical conservative? And he’s going to usher in smaller government, spending cuts, fiscal responsibility? You obviously do not know what “conservatism” is.

    • Yes, I believe Obama is a classical conservative, in the spirit of Edmund Burke. There is a big difference between classical and movement conservatives. A good book to read on that topic is “The Death of Conservatism.”

      Obama’s deal to Boehner does shrink the size of the federal government substantially. Much more so than any Republican has ever been able to. If the GOP takes Kristol’s advice they will usher in the single biggest victory for conservatism since WW2. Obama has governed far to the right of where liberals want him.

      I very much want smaller, more energetic government. I want smarter, simpler regulations. Obama has offered those things to the GOP. Lets hope Boehner can rally his troops.

    • One more thing: This is how much liberals are disappointed with Obama:

      If liberals are that mad with this deal, can it be that bad for conservatives?

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