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Bill Kristol Has Been Wrong About Donald Trump’s Imminent Demise at Least 10 Times

Bill Kristol in 2011.

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Via Twitter user @billmon, the story of a renegade presidential candidate whose poll numbers keep going up and the conservative D.C. pundit who really, really, really wants to believe that renegade has already peaked:

Don’t worry about Kristol, though; he’s used to this kind of thing, and by “this kind of thing” I mean being boldly wrong in his predictions about the the major issues of the day. From Fox News on Dec. 17, 2006:

If [Hillary Clinton] gets a race against John Edwards and Barack Obama, she’s going to be the nominee. Gore is the only threat to her, then. Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single Democratic primary. I’ll predict that right now.

And even more consequentially, from Nightline on March 5, 2003:

I think we’ll be vindicated when we discover the weapons of mass destruction and when we liberate the people of Iraq.

Peak Kristol!