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:
Still confident we have seen Peak Trump. "Trump GOP Favorable Image Drops, but Still Positive" http://t.co/SC3R7iF4kR— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 31, 2015
OK, I was early with my Peak Trump call. But would certainly short Trump at current levels. And probably be wiped out in a short squeeze!— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 3, 2015
I do think (but I've been saying this for two weeks, so, for take it for what it's worth) we've seen Peak Trump.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 7, 2015
GOP debate special! A midnight podcast! "Finally, Perhaps We've Really Seen Peak Trump." http://t.co/ApGo1Mwj6l— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 7, 2015
Light at end of the tunnel? Trump dropping in national, Iowa and NH polls. #PeakTrump.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 11, 2015
My "Peak Trump" hypothesis supposed a modicum of enterprise by other candidates moving to preempt his themes. I may have overestimated them.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 17, 2015
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.