You know the election is going poorly for Republicans when even the neoconservative former Bush advisor, Bill Kristol, starts to admit that Romney can’t win by running against Obama’s record. On Fox News Sunday morning, the Weekly Standard editor even went so far as to say that Bush was responsible for the financial meltdown and Obama is fixing it.
From Raw Story:
“They need to focus on the next four years,” the conservative columnist told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. “If this election is just about the last four years, that’s a muddy verdict.”
“Bush was president during the financial meltdown, the Obama team has turned that around pretty well,” he explained. “He’s got to make it a referendum on the choice about the next four years, and explain what Obama would do over the next four years that would be bad for the country and what he would do would be good for the country.”
Despite his pro-Obama words, Kristol isn’t yet ready to hand over his neocon credentials. His harshest criticisms were on Obama’s handling of the rioting in the Middle East, saying that the President has been “rattled” in his response.
“Voters are watching, turning on the TV. Embassies are being burned, there are demonstrations in Pakistan. What’s going on there? Why is it happening? What can the next president do about this? Romney should answer that question,” Kristol pointed out.
Here’s the video:
No one who’s familiar with the neocon agenda should be surprised by Kristol’s response to the situation in the Middle East. The goal of neoconservatives is, in a nutshell, world domination, beginning with the Middle East. Kristol’s movement stands to gain nothing by keeping Obama in office. Romney has already all but vowed to take us to war with Iran, which is exactly what Kristol wants.
Kristol isn’t endorsing Obama. He’s simply conceding defeat on the economic front and he’s trying, as he typically does, to focus America’s attention overseas. The tactic seems to be working, at least in the short run. Since the start of the political unrest in the Middle East, Obama’s foreign policy poll numbers have dropped. So far, the drop doesn’t seem to be impacting the Presidential race and if it has, Romney’s blooper reel of a week more than made up for it. However, Kristol seems to think he has found a loose thread in Obama’s campaign, a campaign which can legitimately boast of foreign policy successes such as the targeted dismantling of Al Qaeda and the end of the Iraq War. Look for Rush Limbaugh and Fox News to try to see if they can talk voters into jumping on the ‘Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran (and the rest of the Middle East)’ bandwagon.