Remember when the Washington Post’s Jen Rubin said, “Trust me,” Bill Kristol’s endorsement of Terry McAuliffe for Virginia governor “will be big”? McAuliffe certainly appreciated it, touting Kristol as the “leading conservative in America.” Kristol, editor-at-large of The Bulwark, proved that his endorsement wouldn’t not, indeed, be big. We wouldn’t even say that Kristol is the leading principled conservative™ in America, but he still sees it as his job to give unsolicited advice to Beto O’Rourke in his gubernatorial campaign. Even some liberals thought O’Rourke went too far in crashing a news conference about the Uvalde school shooting, and Kristol has a better slogan.
Beto could say: Gov. Abbott, sadly, puts the gun lobby first. I’ll put Texas first.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 28, 2022
Powerful. Maybe O’Rourke even saw it:
Abbott’s priority is the gun lobby. Mine is the people of Texas.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) May 28, 2022
Genius. That will surely be the winning message. Now it’s clear why you guys get paid for your opinions. Profound.
— AM (@AllenRob00) May 28, 2022
Why not "Abbott drinks the blood of children," Bill? If you're gonna defect, your new tribe needs to see more commitment. https://t.co/Ohwn4ZXGB0
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) May 28, 2022
The "gun lobby" is a weasel phrase weasels like Kristol use to imply the NRA is Smith & Wesson, the same way the pharma + finance lobbies are Pfizer + Citibank.
NRA consists of gun owners, not makers. That's why it has influence. Because they donate, knock on doors, and vote. https://t.co/imVhEUxCAs
— Helsingor (@Helsingor) May 28, 2022
Bill Kristol once had the ear of presidents, but has now been reduced to…Beto fanboy.
I almost feel sorry for him. https://t.co/GrnbT5i0kP
— Hammerjack (@MarcGiller) May 28, 2022
Backseat political consulting? Man, you've fallen. https://t.co/sjzMBYUGFm
— Elordi (@basqueinmyglory) May 28, 2022
Imagine simping for Robert Francis O'Rourke 🙄 https://t.co/JzyXqk4wiH
— HollyCabot (@HollyCabot) May 28, 2022
Beto puts himself first. Everything is always about him.
— TexasConservativeVeterans (@oureternaloath) May 28, 2022
The out of state influencers are sure hard at work injecting their opinions on what Texans should think. https://t.co/CtJpXDv5W7
— SiteAlpha ⛽💸👀FJB! NOMLG (@site_alpha) May 28, 2022
20 years ago I never could have imagined Bill Kristol offering unsolicited messaging advice to a Democrat seeking to unseat an incumbent Texas governor. We live in strange times.
— Scott Koon (@capinsurrep) May 28, 2022
There sure were a lot of people who quote-tweeted Kristol and tagged O’Rourke. This slogan just might be the one that pulls out a win for him.
Terry McAuliffe touts the endorsement of Bill Kristol, the 'leading conservative in America' https://t.co/A3rc8qETVF
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 29, 2021