Bill Kristol Contractual Obligation Watch

Two-and-a-half weeks until the end of Bill Kristol's New York Times contract! What's he up to? UGH.

"The prose was so limp ('Who, inquiring minds want to know, is going to spare us a first Obama term?') that you had the sense Kristol wrote his column during the commercial breaks of his gig on Fox News Sunday and gave it about the same amount of thought." —George Packer on Bill Kristol, last month.

"A beautiful statement really, of sort of, justice really." –Bill Kristol on Fox News Sunday, yesterday, on Dick Cheney's refusal to apologize for cursing out Pat Leahy.

"No spin. No doubletalk. A cogent defense of his action — and one that shows a well-considered sense of justice. ('I thought he merited it.') Indeed, if justice is seeking to give each his due, one might say that Dick Cheney aspires to being a just man." –Bill Kristol in his New York Times column, today, on the same subject.

(Then he changes topics entirely and writes about Blagojevich and quotes the Kipling poem like everyone else did last week, including the bit about how he left out the last line. This is not even "phoning it in," this is Twittering it in the general direction of In.)