Bill Kristol Strikes Out Again

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The Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol (L) leads a discussion on PayPal co-founder and former CEO Peter Thiel's National Review article, "The End of the Future," at the National Press Club October 3, 2011 in Washington, DC.
The Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol (L) leads a discussion on PayPal co-founder and former CEO Peter Thiel's National Review article, "The End of the Future," at the National Press Club October 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Weekly Standard editor and Republican operative Bill Kristol has been trying hard to draft a new Republican candidate into the presidential race. In January, he started imploring Paul Ryan to jump into the race. Ryan begged off. Kristol's eye wandered to Indiana governor Mitch Daniels. Daniels, too, turned him down. Kristol even suggested that Marco Rubio could perhaps enter the race. Not even a whiff.

By August, Kristol was writing anguished, pleading poems to the candidates spurning him. The latest, desperate effort involved him working publicly and behind the scenes to draft Chris Christie into the race.

Now Christie's also out, and Kristol has compiled the worst draft record since Matt "Fire" Millen.