Bill Kristol might restate it : "A liberal is a neoconservative who can't comprehend reality."
Tossed over the side by the New York Times, Kristol's parting words (chock full of sentimentalist war-reverence and trite pseudo-patriotism) make it clear his "neoconservatism" is little more than hyper-militaristic global liberalism.
Ideologically, nothing really distinguishes a neoconservative from the big government, big scheme collectivism we have seen through decades of rehashed cookie-cutter liberal dogma.
The neoconservatives' messianism simply has a much wider scope. Neoconservatives are liberals who think big and play deep.
So, it is absolutely no surprise that the Beltway-recognition-obsessed Kristol now gushes platitudes for the promise(s) of Obama. Kristol never met a powerful, grandiose, messianic chief executive he didn't like. If he was goo-goo for Bush, well he's just ga-ga for Obama.
I am sure Kristol cheered the recent Obama administration strikes into Pakistan. Even Kristol knows the Iraq war horse has been ridden flat (he really should know) so it is time to move on to the next round of aggressive interventionism around the middle east....and beyond.
Any false attachment Kristol (and his erstwhile "liberal" critics) may invest in himself with Ronald Reagan is little more than Kristol's (and their) twisted revisionism. This is merely Kristol continuing his quest to hijack Reagan's identity.
After all, he and his fellow neoconservative parasites hijacked the Republican Party over the last 20 years, beginning as second-tier proteges to Bush 41's "wise" men....who in retrospect were wiser, by miles, than Bush 43's Kristol-led wrecking crew.
As far as Kristol's penchant for revisionism, he recently tried similar legerdemain on the Contract with America.
National Interest editor, Jacob Heilbrunn wrote some revealing comments, from an anti-conservative position (Hey, Jake, feel free to have Bill Kristol. Demagogues deserve each other) :
"Instead of frothing at the mouth about Obama's perfidy, Kristol essentially acknowledges that he's the real thing. He even likens him to neocon hero Ronald Reagan. According to Kristol, "Still, there will be trying times during Obama's presidency, and liberty will need staunch defenders. Can Obama reshape liberalism to be, as it was under F.D.R., a fighting faith, unapologetically patriotic and strong in the defense of liberty? That would be a service to our country."
This is a huge concession, at least for Kristol. It suggests, indeed, that, like David Brooks, Kristol is coming around to the view that Obama's election may even be a good thing.
For now, the comments of Kristol and David Frum, who has been highly critical of the Republican leadership, indicate that there is movement inside the GOP's cadre of thinkers.
No doubt many will celebrate Kristol's exit. But after decades on the right, the neocons are returning to their liberal origins. Isn't it interesting that Kristol's most interesting op-ed came at the end and could have been titled "In Defense of Liberalism"
Kristol, Brooks, and Frum : the "GOP's cadre of thinkers". Oh how laughably rich. Hell, why not just throw George W Bush into that equation?
Even more rich is Kristol's sudden concern for liberty. I am sure he has his own definition, far more in line with what he and similar national statists think is appropriate. I would venture it hardly jibes with what any conscientious American citizen thinks is liberty, or at least one with the slightest cognizance of the stain and strain Kristol and his fellow travelers brought to our constitutional republic.
If I didn't know any better I would think that all along Bill Kristol was a power-mongering demagogic ideologue out to kill the GOP, conservatism, Reagan's essential message, and limited constitutional governance, all in one fell swoop...throwing a match behind him as he travels back home to the collectivist left.
Oh, but he's no liberal...