William Kristol, rightwing legacy pledge columnist, told Portfolio today that he was “ambivalent” about keeping his New York Times column. “It’s a lot of work,” he complained. “I have a lot of things going on.”
We hope that, when considering alternative employment, Kristol rules out predicting the future — he asserted that McCain would win the election just days before his crushing defeat — or even the present: Kristol has also told the world that the Sunnis and the Shiites in Iraq get along great, disastrously advised using Reverend Wright in the McCain campaign, etc. Kristol’s column is such a notorious botch that the New Yorker‘s George Packer says that for the Times to keep him would be “to reward failure.”
Maybe Kristol has finally decided he was never cut out for the family business in the first place, and plans to play off his graceless departure as a lifestyle change. With luck we’ll hear he’s going to start a candle store in New England, or perhaps ride the rails, and then, blessed silence.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 18, 2008