From Crazy to Shrewd In One Hour

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July 3, 2009 2:22 p.m.

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.”

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