At 4:06 ET, when news first broke that Sarah Palin was resigning the governorship, Fox News got Palin’s Svengali, Bill Kristol, on phone who said he was “real surprised” by the decision. “[Y]ou know when I first heard it I thought that’s a little crazy, giving up the governorship for a year and a half,” Kristol told viewers.
What a difference an hour makes.
At 5:06 ET, Kristol posted on the Weekly Standard website: “If Palin wants to run in 2012, why not do exactly what she announced today? It’s an enormous gamble - but it could be a shrewd one.”
Is it a huge gamble or a shrewd move? Kristol leaves himself a big out there.
Late Update: Fox is coming around, too. A little while ago, Stuart Varney said, “Let’s get back to this resignation,” before pausing to correct himself. “Not the resignation but stepping aside from the governorship.”
David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.