Weekly Standard's Kristol Seeks Key Role in Molding Republican Agenda

Monday, 07 Jan 2013 01:52 PM

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William Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, is doing what he can to cast the Republican Party in his image.

He and others have raised the idea of creating a “reformist” organization to adjust the Republican fiscal stance and boost young Republican politicians whom Kristol supports, such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Politico reports.

The group would be similar to the now defunct Democratic Leadership Council, which began in 1985 as an effort to turn the Democratic Party toward the center.

Already, during the fiscal cliff episode, Kristol represented one of the first conservatives to offer support for tax increases.

On the foreign policy front, he helped lead the movement raising questions about the Benghazi, Libya killings that led Susan Rice to abandon her quest to become Secretary of State. And now he’s out in front of the opposition to former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s choice for defense secretary. Kristol calls him a “bitter opponent of Israel” and “very weak on Iran,” according to Politico.

Kristol isn’t the only one to go after the ex-Nebraska senator. "Chuck Hagel, if confirmed to be the secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of Israel in our nation's history," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.



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