Kristol’s Swan Song, Upstaged

I nearly missed the six italicized words below William Kristol’s column in yesterday’s New York Times (“This is William Kristol’s last column”), so distracting was Maureen Dowd’s confession:

I love Blago.

I love his beady little eyes. I love his Serbian shock of hair. I love his flaring nostrils. I love the way he jogs through the snow under indictment, like a stork in spandex trying to gallop. I love the way he compares himself in quick order to Pearl Harbor, Oliver Wendell Holmes and a dead cowboy.

I love the hurly-burly way the Illinois governor rammed through his choice for the Senate, compared with the namby-pamby way the New York governor strangled his best choice for the Senate.

Girly man. Manly man. Blame the Clintons… you know the rest of the column.

But, back to Kristol’s final Times column: Kristol deprivation may not even have time to set in; he could be writing once a month for the Washington Post, according to Michael Calderone. And no one will feel deprived of Dowd’s crush, he of the “beady little eyes;” Gov. Blagojevich is everywhere (following his NBC News interview yesterday, today he visits Good Morning America, The View, Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera and CNN’s Larry King Live).

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.