This, yes, this is from The Weekly Standard. The author, yes, the author is William Kristol, the man who discovered Sarah Palin during a cruise to Alaska and promoted her to the Republican Party, who didn’t see the grifter – they saw salvation. Suckers.
THE WEEKLY STANDARD’s official reaction to last night’s Republican presidential debate: Yikes.
. . . The e-mails flooding into our inbox during the evening were less guarded. Early on, we received this missive from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!” . . .
But in a week in which markets collapsed, Solyndra exploded, our Middle East policy was in meltdown, the Iranian nuclear threat became more urgent, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff fingered our “ally” Pakistan as a sponsor of terror against American forces in Afghanistan—none of the candidates really seemed up to the moment, either politically or substantively. In the midst of a crisis, we’re getting . . . a somewhat subpar version of politics as usual . . .
And Elvis help me, but it seems that young William, son of the more famous Irving, agrees with me. I’ve said (tooting horn! tooting horn!) from the first day that Perry would crash and burn.
. . . no front-runner in a presidential field has ever, we imagine, had as weak a showing as Rick Perry. It was close to a disqualifying two hours for him.