Today’s moronic quote of the day belongs to Weekly Standard (Weakly Standard?) editor Bill Kristol, and it wasn’t even close. Via CBS News (emphasis mine):
“I have a high regard for Sarah Palin, but I will say I’ve been disappointed since she resigned as governor,” he said. “I thought she had a real chance to take the lead on a few policy issues, do a little more in terms of framing the policy agenda. I don’t think she’s done that.”
So, according to this beltway genius, she hasn’t taken the lead on “policy issues” or helped with “framing the policy agenda”? This is truly a WTF moment. Who led the fight against Obamacare? Whose brilliant “death panels” metaphor for the rationing contained therein framed the debate to the point of almost defeating the bill? If she had had even a little assistance from some of Kristol’s beltway chosen, the bill would have gone down. Which political leader, other than perhaps Obama, is most responsible for the Republican sweep in November? Who led the successful fight against cap and tax? Who flew down to Arizona to stand shoulder to shoulder with Governor Jan Brewer in her fight to force Obama to protect the border? Who has been more vocal in attacking Obama’s disastrous fiscal policies? I could go on, but you get the point. Are these not important policy issues? If not, what are?
If you could, Bill, name one other Republican who has had the fortitude and, yes, the cojones, to take the fight directly to Obama with the effectiveness and tenacity she has over the past two years. In fact there’s nobody even close. Governor Palin has been a constant thorn in Obama’s side since his inauguration, and has been pounding him on practically every issue of importance since she emerged on the national stage. Or am I wrong and I’m confusing Governor Palin with someone else? If that’s the case, Bill, perhaps you’ll enlighten us. If not, shut up and go away. People are free to support any candidate they want, of course, but to say something this detached from reality and, well, profoundly stupid, calls into question everything else you utter or write.