Listen now (50 min) | On today’s Bulwark Podcast, Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes to discuss his recent item about the three possible election outcomes, and how the COVID-19 fiasco is impacting the race. Subscribe to The Bulwark Podcast on your...
On Demand October 13 On Hulu October 20 On January 20th, 2020 the US and South Korea both discovered their first cases of COVID-19. However, 9 months later, ...
Bill KristolI haven't had time to watch the whole thing, but this documentary--from @alexgibneyfilm--seems accurate, important, and powerful. Do watch "TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL" if you have a chance. Streaming on many platforms...
They claim he was acting in an official capacity when denying defamation charges—a claim a federal judge rejected yesterday—but not when declassifying documents.
Bill Kristol"Let’s unpack this, in all its hypocritical splendor: Denying a rape twenty years ago is per se an official act...but a public statement from the president confirming the declassification of previously classified documents is not an official act..."
The pandemic he ignored is destroying his presidency
Bill Kristol"At a Wisconsin rally, Trump continued to downplay the severity of the pandemic, even as the state was hit with its worst numbers yet...Here’s the headline from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: 'It's a nightmare scenario'...worst day of pandemic yet.'"
One of the many striking results from 2016 was that Donald Trump carried white women 47-45 over Hillary Clinton. So much for identity politics! The first female major party nominee couldn’t even win her own demographic niche. And this result was...
Bill Kristol"The pathetic part [is] that he doesn’t understand why they left him...Just as a for instance: Telling women who became uncomfortable because of your overt racism that they ought to support you because you think they’re closet racists, too..."
“Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.” —Robert Heinlein Among many lessons learned over the last excruciating four years is this: Partisanship is a more potent drug than heroin. I consider myself to be in recovery, but by no...
Bill KristolJoe Biden:
"Time and again we’ve seen charlatans, con men and phony populists who sought to play on our fears...I’m running as a proud Democrat but I’ll govern as an American president. I’ll work as hard for those who don’t support me as for those who do."
Bill Kristol"Who is really disrespecting working class people? Do you need a college degree to find mocking the handicapped disgusting? Must you be a professional to despise cruelty? Do working class people not have a stake in the rule of law and minority rights?"
Bill Kristol"Among lessons learned over the last four years is this: Partisanship is a more potent drug than heroin. I consider myself to be in recovery but by no means cured. The urge to curate information to suit your own prejudices is nearly impossible to conquer."
GOP pollster Sarah Longwell: “The trend as we’ve gotten closer to the election has been just how many people aren’t voting for Trump again.”
Bill Kristol“'The trend as we've gotten closer to the election has been just how many people aren't voting for Trump again,' said @SarahLongwell25. She added that the phenomenon of a shy Biden voter is 'much more likely to manifest' than a shy Trump voter."
Ignoring cries of blatant hypocrisy, the Senate leader pushed through pre-election approval, capping off his reshaping of the judiciary.
Bill Kristol"Look at the majority leaders since LBJ and find another one who was able to do something as consequential as this."
Under Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, the Senate passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare and much more.
In Fratelli Tutti, his new encyclical published this week, Pope Francis sets out his thoughts on the themes of fraternity and social friendship, qualities he believes are much-needed in a world still coming to terms with the coronavirus pandemic....
Listen now (56 min) | On today's Bulwark Podcast, Amanda Carpenter joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the last days of the 2020 election, the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh's Wisconsin opinion, and the future of the Senate and the...
Bill Kristol"The tweets, the insults, the bullying aren’t the bugs; they are just versions of the middle finger—and his people love it. Conservative ideas are just the gloss. I suspect Buckley himself would’ve had a different word for this: nihilism."
Bill Kristol"With Trump, it can always get worse, because there is no bottom. In just four years, Trump has already made the conservative movement, dumber, crueler, more dishonest, and more extreme. Rationalization has turned to acceptance."
The billionaire former New York City mayor has concentrated largely on Florida in the general election. But his private polling found President Trump vulnerable in two of the country’s biggest red states.
Bill Kristol“Should either Texas or Ohio slip into the Democratic column, it would likely indicate not only a Trump defeat, but also one by a thumping margin.”
On the weekend of October 17, the Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy interview with political writer and historian Fred Siegel, conducted by a Journal contributor, Tunku Varadarajan. The piece is headlined “An Ex-Liberal Reluctantly Supports...
Bill Kristol“It’s far from clear how embracing Trump in any way counters wokeness: Is there any reason to think that the rise of woke culture has in any way been diminished by his four years in office?”
Bill KristolHere I consider the implications of three alternate Nov. 4 headlines:
“Trump loses presidency; GOP holds Senate.”
“Trump defeated by big margin; Democrats win Senate.”
“Biden wins by double digits; rout extends to Texas; Democrats control Senate easily.”
David Axelrod and Mike Murphy are two of the nation’s foremost political observers and practitioners. Having run the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain respectively, they’ve experienced the highs and lows of an election season...
Prior to becoming a prominent backer of Donald Trump, Kayleigh McEnany praised then-Vice President Joe Biden as "funny and likable" and a "man of the people" who resonates with "middle class voters."
Bill KristolTrump staff for Biden.
“I think the Republicans run into a problem if it is Joe Biden and maybe a Trump on the other side...Because Joe Biden...is really kind of a man of the people and resonating with middle class voters...he's likable."