More importantly, though, Kristol seems to be suggesting that we should simply elect the most patriotic candidate, regardless of his or her positions:
"It’s fitting that the alternative to Obama will be John McCain. He makes no grand claim to fix our souls. He doesn’t think he’s the one everyone has been waiting for. He’s more proud of his country than of himself. And his patriotism has consisted of deeds more challenging than 'speaking out on issues.'"
That's a pretty ridiculous argument to make when you're talking about a presidential election. But, frankly, Bill Kristol has never been one of the most intelligent or insightful conservative thinkers out there . . .