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Bill Kristol shoots straight about Palin Senate run

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Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol appeared on an ABC News “This Week” web extra to answer questions posted on Facebook by viewers and offered a plan to resurrect the career of Sarah Palin.

At about the 2:40 mark, host Benjamin Bell read a question posed by LT Atkinson but used it to ask Kristol what he thought of former Gov. “Sarah Palin’s post-2008 career.” It’s no secret that Kristol has long been a Palin supporter.

Kristol confirmed that “the best two weeks of the McCain campaign against Obama in 2008 was the two weeks after he had picked Sarah Palin,” but after that, the McCain people mismanaged her and things went south.

“I think her stepping down as governor of Alaska was a big problem,” Kristol said. “People don’t like to see a candidate, a governor or an executive—absent some medical reason or whatever—just leave office early. And she had been a good governor, sadly, of Alaska until then. So I think that is something she has to recover from, in terms of being a serious leader in the party. She still has a lot of loyalty, still can shape the debate. She still has a great political touch.”

After the history lesson, Kristol turned to a Palin future.

“I think the way Palin would possibly resurrect herself—if that’s the right word—or rehabilitate herself, I guess is a better way of putting it: run for Senate in Alaska in 2014,” Kristol said. “I’m not urging that. I’m just saying, if I were her adviser, I would say, ‘Take on the incumbent, you have to win a primary, then you have to beat an incumbent Democrat. It’s not easy.’ But if she did that, suddenly, if you can imagine that—Sarah Palin, freshman senator, January 2015 in Washington having beaten an incumbent. That would be pretty interesting.”

Watch the exchange courtesy of ABC News.


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