Sometimes, Bill Kristol inadvertently writes something that is actually true.
Take this, for instance:
With Obamacare on the ropes, there will be a temptation for opponents to let up on their criticism, and to try to appear constructive, or at least responsible. There will be a tendency to want to let the Democrats’ plans sink of their own weight, to emphasize that the critics have been pushing sound reform ideas all along and suggest it’s not too late for a bipartisan compromise over the next couple of weeks or months.
My advice, for what it’s worth: Resist the temptation. This is no time to pull punches. Go for the kill.
So he’s saying that up to now, there has been no question of being constructive or even responsible. There hasn’t even been any question of trying to appear to be constructive or responsible. Now that Obama’s healthcare reform plans are “on the ropes”, however, there will be the temptation to try to appear constructive or responsible. But even this impulse, even now, must be firmly suppressed.
Because if you start trying to appear constructive today, who knows where it will end? Tomorrow you might appear constructive without even trying. The next thing you know, you might actually do something constructive. Gods forbid such a thing should ever happen in the 21st century Republican Party.