Salon's Glenn Greenwald sees (10/12/08, ad-viewing required) "Bill Kristol in a Nutshell" when observing the New York Times columnist's statements over the past week. First Greenwald points to an October 5 column in which Kristol "agreed [with Sarah Palin] that the McCain/Palin campaign must attack Obama harder on his 'associations,' particularly with Bill Ayers." Then Greenwald notices how, in a Fox News appearance on the 7th, Kristol "urged McCain to use Bill Ayers to attack Obama in the debate." Alas, Greenwald tells us that,
now that it is conclusively clear that these attacks are failing–that they are actually backfiring and making Obama more popular and McCain and Palin more unpopular–Kristol went on Fox News this morning and attacked the McCain campaign for running what he called a "stupid campaign" and "a pathetic campaign" because the attacks "havenÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢t worked" and theyÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢re "doing things that donÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢t work and they keep doing them"–without ever bothering to mention that he, Kristol, just last week, was one of the loudest and most vocal advocates for relying on these character attacks against Obama.
But Greenwald acknowledges "thatÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢”Å¾Â¢s typical Bill Kristol–not only chronically wrong about everything, but far worse, completely incapable of acknowledging mistakes."