Another Sunday, another week for Bloody Bill Kristol to be wrong about something else. During his appearance on Fox News Sunday, Kristol suggested that the Democrats have given up on that whole line of attack that Republicans are waging a "war on women" because he didn't hear it mentioned during some interviews over the weekend and hasn't seen any recent attack ads on the topic. If I'm not mistaken, it's going to be one of the major themes at their convention this week.
And I'd love to know why Kristol thinks it's not working. He admitted that Republicans were worried about it enough that they based a good portion of their own convention on trying to convince voters otherwise, which to me went over about as well as them trying to pretend they've got any great love for minorities or the poor, which is basically like a lead balloon.
I guess we'll see if he changes his tune once the convention starts this week.
WALLACE: Bill, how tough do you expect the attacks here on Romney to be? And where do you expect them to come from? What will they hit hardest?
KRISTOL: Well, that's a very good question. You know, wasn't the theme two weeks ago the "Republicans' war on women?" They were just hammering that, both in paid advertising and in speeches by senior Democrats. I don't think I heard that phrase from Axelrod or Mayor Villaraigosa.
WALLACE: And why not?
KRISTOL: Well, I wonder. I wonder if that was, a little bit of a, you know, faith and the base loves it and they have -- they spent a week or two doing it, and then the polling showed no one really believes the Republicans are waging a war on women.
The Republicans, sort of, half-believed that it was a threat. They certainly rolled out a ton -- the theme of the Republican convention was we love women; we're not engaged in a war on women. I wonder if that was a little bit of misdirection by the Democrats or they perhaps reconsidered...
HUME: But Bill, remember now...
KRISTOL: And it seems to me they're going to go with the middle -- the economic argument. Taxes -- you're cutting taxes for the wealthy and you're not doing anything for the middle class. That's going to be their core argument, not the social issues, I suspect.
I would suggest they're probably going to do all of the above. I guess Kristol believes they're only capable of waging one line of attack and that's it, instead of being able to walk and chew gum at the same time.