'Go For The Gold' With Sarah
Either conservative writer Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard and opinion columnist at the New York Times, has a crystal ball, one with remarkable accuracy at predicting the GOP presidential ticket's future, or, he was among John McCain's tight circle of advisers who guided him in choosing Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Here's the pertinent part of the transcript from the June 29 edition of Fox News Sunday:
CHRIS WALLACE (host): Bill, how important the Clintons, and will Bill Clinton stop sulking in his tent like Achilles and behave?
KRISTOL: Psychoanalyzing Bill Clinton is a tough role, a tough task. I think Hillary Clinton was gracious. She's put behind her the horrible sexism and misogyny the Democratic primary voters demonstrated, which I'm appalled by, personally. Never would have happened in the Republican Party. You know, we're -- Republicans are much more open to strong women. And that's why McCain's going to put Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, on the ticket as vice president.
WALLACE: Is that your prediction?
KRISTOL: That's my -- I'm moving from [Louisiana Gov. Bobby] Jindal to Palin. I'm being even bolder. She's fantastic, yeah. You know, she was the point guard on the Alaska state championship high school basketball team in 1982. She could take Obama one-on-one on the court. Be fantastic.
Anyway, I do think -- I actually think Sarah Palin would be a great vice presidential pick, and it would be interesting to actually -- to have a woman on the Republican ticket after Hillary Clinton has come so close and failed on the Democratic side.
JUAN WILLIAMS (National Public Radio correspondent and Fox News contributor): Well, I think -- how about Colin Powell on the McCain ticket? Don't you think that would be a winner?
KRISTOL: No, no, no.
KRISTOL: That's, again, misogynist thinking. You're not --
WILLIAMS: Misogynist thinking.
KRISTOL: I think you've got to go for the gold here with Sarah Palin.