William Kristol plays Smash Mouth Politics (and bitchslaps you cowardly Republicans who are wishing Cheney would be quiet)

Birmingham_dog_fight“Assume the fetal position” when you are attacked by Democrats: That’s the Country Club Republican and RINO way.  This is for you gutless Republicans out there–if you won’t fight back when attacked, when will you stand up for your party?

….”So while some Hill Republicans were fretting about getting a positive message out and others were launching substance-free listening tours, while GOP operatives were wringing their hands about whether Republicans could recover from the Bush years, and while most senior Bush alumni were in hiding, Dick Cheney–Darth Vader himself, Mr. Unpopularity, the last guy you’d supposedly want out there making the case–stepped onto the field. He’s made himself the Most Valuable Republican of the first four months of the Obama administration (ably assisted by a few bold denizens of the Hill like the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, Pete Hoekstra).

“Of course, this has resulted in some Republican political operatives’ doing what they do best: complaining, on background, to the media. “As Cheney Seizes Spotlight, Many Republicans Wince,” was the front-page headline in Thursday’s Washington Post. Two Republican “strategists” spoke “on the condition of anonymity in order to be candid.” Profiles in courage! One of them opined that Cheney is “entirely unhelpful.” The other elaborated, “Even if he’s right, he’s absolutely the wrong messenger.  .  .  .  We want Bush to be a distant memory in the next election.”

“To have such a juvenile understanding of political dynamics, you’d have to be a prominent “Republican strategist.” You might actually have both the Dole and McCain campaigns under your belt. Or perhaps you were one of those who encouraged the Bush White House to assume a fetal position on most issues in its second term and not fight back against slanders or defend their people, because to do so would spotlight the “wrong” issues or people….”

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