Bill Kristol is this generation's Buckley, though perhaps less combative and using smaller words. At any rate, he is a conservative. His pedigree is pure: son of Irving Kristol, he "chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan," as his biography in the Weekly Standard has it.
His commentary, based on gabbing with a bunch of conservatives: I can report that lots of conservatives and Republicans expect Barack Obama to be our next president. It’s going to be a summer of love for Obama, and a tough few months for McCain.
There are some, Kristol reports, who think McCain has a chance. Then there’s the fact that we’re at war. As a Congressional staffer put it, “Here’s something to consider: Although Hillary will be out in May, she may determine the outcome in November. McCain’s secret weapon — among Clinton supporters — may be Hillary’s 3 a.m. national security ad.”
Brings to mind comments made by Maureen Dowd a week or so ago: if Hillary can't win, she'll make sure no Democrat does. Has she already done so?