Krauthammer’s Take

by NRO Staff

From Thursday’s Special Report All-Star Panel Appearance

On Rick Perry’s debate memory lapse:

I was watching it live and I was dying like everyone else who was watching it… This is a moment everybody understands and has had. The problem is, with Perry, it’s the axiom in Washington that if there is an anecdote or incident that reinforces a previous stereotype, it really sticks. And that is why it is going to stick to him because he hasn’t done well in debates and he didn’t look as if he is intellectually nimble….

On Gov. Perry’s advertising strategy in Iowa following Wednesday’s debate — go positive or go negative?

I think he has to stay on the positive side. He has to rebuild his image.

He will now attempt a third first impression.

I’m not sure the money will make a difference in the end because this is a primary season driven by debates. It’s less retail than it ever was. And the money counts less, as we saw in the case of Gingrich who has none and is rising.

I think what was overlooked, because nobody remembers any element of the debate except the Perry moment, was that Cain, apart from the problems of the [sexual harassment] accusations, answered every question he got — whether it was China or fluctuations in the stock market — with 999, which at one point drew laughter from the other candidates….

That probably in the end may hurt him to an extent we’re underestimating.

On Newt Gingrich’s criticism of the media

It’s effective, except that he has a hard time avoiding a tone that is not just world-weary but somewhat condescending.

On the Obama Administration’s decision to postpone approval of the Keystone XL pipeline:

Well look, on the merits, it’s a terrible decision. It’s not going to have any effect on the climate. The Canadians will develop this tar sand oil and ship it over to China, if not [to] us. All the excuses about it are bogus; it would reduce our dependence on unstable regimes abroad.

But it’s the process that is really amazing. The New York Times has this story not in the “Nation” section but in the “Politics.” And it reports… that for days the administration has been exploring ways to postpone this decision — not to improve it or to make it safer, but postpone it until after the election.

The Washington Post reports that the political arm of the administration has said that had they approved the pipeline, it would not have gotten them one vote. It also reports that the head of the Wildlife Federation has said that  they and others who’ve  opposed the project will now support Obama 2008.

This is a president who goes around accusing Republicans every day of putting party over nation, politics over the national interest. This is an egregious example of that.

On the suggestion that the decision has been delayed by bureaucratic process:

It’s not a red tape issue. It’s a political decision.

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