Appearing once again on The Daily Show, Bill Kristol, Jon Stewart’s favorite whipping boy (“Bill Kristol, aren’t you ever right?”), tonight defended the McCain-Palin ticket, at one point informing the show’s host that he was getting his news from suspect sources. “You’re reading The New York Times too much,” he declared.
“But you work for The New York Times,” Stewart pointed out.
Bonus wrongness here:
The other journalists who met Palin offered similarly effusive praise: Michael Gerson called her â€œa mix between Annie Oakley and Joan of Arc.â€ The most ardent promoter, however, was Kristol, and his enthusiasm became the talk of Alaskaâ€™s political circles. According to Simpson, Senator Stevens told her that â€œKristol was really pushing Palinâ€ in Washington before McCain picked her. Indeed, as early as June 29th, two months before McCain chose her, Kristol predicted on â€œFox News Sundayâ€ that â€œMcCainâ€™s going to put Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, on the ticket.â€ He described her as â€œfantastic,â€ saying that she could go one-on-one against Obama in basketball, and possibly siphon off Hillary Clintonâ€™s supporters. He pointed out that she was a â€œmother of fiveâ€ and a reformer. â€œGo for the gold here with Sarah Palin,â€ he said. The moderator, Chris Wallace, finally had to ask Kristol, â€œCan we please get off Sarah Palin?â€
That’s the kind of wrongness that will probably cost his party the election. Clearly this cartoon needs updating.
Getting back to the Daily Show, this is also interesting:
In a bit of a news flash, Stewart confessed that he would have voted for McCain over Gore in 2000 — but he doesn’t recognize that McCain today.
( …point being, I love the Daily Show, but Jon Stewart has always struck me as one of those “on the one hand/on the other hand” kind of guys, politically … it’s only the extremes of our current era that have made him appear actively partisan …)