Panelists on ABC’s This Week couldn’t help but laugh on Sunday as conservative columnist Bill Kristol claimed that former President John F. Kennedy would be ‘more comfortable perhaps in the Republican Party of today.”
During a segment on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, ABC News host George Stephanopolous gave Kristol a chance to weigh in on the debate over whether the the former president was a conservative or a liberal.
“He was certainly an anti-communist and a hawk and believed in a strong defense,” Kristol opined. “And the speech he was going to give in Dallas on Nov. 22, he was calling for tax cuts across the board to give people incentives to get the economy moving again.”
“So in those two respects, I think he would have been a little more comfortable perhaps in the Republican Part of today than the Democratic Party.”
Those comments elicited laughter and moans from Kristol’s fellow panelists.
“He’s still a Democratic icon,” Stephanopolous noted.
“It’s interesting, this is a moment when you don’t know where the myth begins and reality begins,” former George W. Bush aide Matthew Dowd remarked. “Myth and reality got so mixed up in so many people’s minds that they’re still sorting out what was myth and what was reality.”
Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Nov. 24, 2013.