Kristol Flip-Flops on Palin

The world is awash in bullshit.

Bill Kristol, just five days ago:

[W]ith Biden’s foreign policy experience as a contrast, could McCain assure voters that the young Pawlenty is ready to take over, if need be, as commander in chief? Also, Biden is a strong and experienced debater. Pawlenty is unproven. If he is the choice, there will be many anxious Republicans in the run-up to the vice presidential debate in St. Louis on Oct. 2.

If not Pawlenty or Romney, how about a woman, whose selection would presumably appeal to the aforementioned anguished Hillary supporters? It’s awfully tempting for the McCain camp to revisit the possibility of tapping Meg Whitman, the former eBay C.E.O., Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, or Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. But the first two have never run for office, and Palin has been governor for less than two years.

Bill Kristol, today:

Palin is potentially a huge asset to McCain. He took the gamble–wisely, we think–of putting her on the ticket.

A key moment for Palin will be the vice presidential debate, to be held at Washington University in St. Louis on October 2. … And if Palin holds her own against Biden, as she is fully capable of doing? McCain will then have succeeded in combining with his own huge advantage in experience and judgment, a politician of great promise in his vice presidential slot who will make Joe Biden look like a tiresome relic.

Can Bill Kristol even distinguish bullshit from reality anymore?

Harry Frankfurt, in his book On Bullshit:

It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction. A person who lies is thereby responding to the truth, and he is to that extent respectful of it. When an honest man speaks, he says only what he believes to be true; and for the liar, it is correspondingly indispensable that he considers his statements to be false. For the bullshitter, however, all these bets are off: he is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all, as the eyes of the honest man and of the liar are, except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says. He does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose.

We must always call out the bullshitters. If we take them seriously, we give them power. That’s why we must always mock them and laugh at them — to show them as the worthless cretins they are. We must not let them poison the well of ideas.

6 thoughts on “Kristol Flip-Flops on Palin

  1. Well Sir, you just got a 10 for 10 rating on this!

    1. You point out the ridiculousness of Palin. Low hanging fruit, you only get 1 point for this:(
    2. You point out what a complete jackass Bill Kristol is. We need more people saying this; that hack should not be getting paid to write his silliness. -2 points.

    3. You use examples to demonstrate the above. -2 points

    4. You actually referenced Harry Frankfurt’s book:) !! (I thought I was the only one who loved it) -Big score FIVE points!

    Taking you to the top for a 10 out of 10!

    Nice job and thanks.

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  3. Bill Kristol is an absolute jackass, I concur. It’s just appalling that the NY Times grants him column space to lend the opinion page an air of balance or objectivity, especially since he is neither balanced nor objective. Krugman, Kristoff, Rich, Herbert and Collins (note, I did not mention MoDo) are clearly liberal, but — and I allow for my own bias here — I don’t think they’re so overtly partisan that they stoop to flat-out bullshit (though frequently sins of omission, I suspect). There must be a someone out there who can make the case for conservatism without just making shit up.

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