Bill Kristol performs more sit-down comedy at the Weekly Standard: "[Romney] needs to begin to figure out how to win the general election."
Good one, Bill, not only because it's so bloody obvious, but because the hopeful objective contained within is so ... I'll just say it, with a deplorable heap of overconfidence ... bloody impossible.
Kristol then proceeds to quote from his favorite philosopher, Machiavelli, because, well, Kristol is just a Machiavelli kind of guy: "It is better," Mitt, advises Bill through Niccolo, "to be impetuous than cautious, because fortune is a woman."
You know, sorta how that whole impetuous, come-hither Iraq thing worked out.
Yet there's no need to encourage Mitt to "reread" Machiavelli, as Bill urges. Mitt's already a keen authority on the wily political counselor -- and I've got proof. The successful prince must "be a great feigner and dissembler," observed Machiavelli; though that isn't much of a trick, since "men are so simple and so ready to obey present necessities, that one who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived."
And if that's not Mitt Romney's political career in a nutshell, then Bill Kristol is no bumbling Richelieu, Rick Santorum is no sterling Tartuffe, and Newt Gingrich is no court jester.