Appropriately, the NY Times' tribute, William Safir, Political Columnist and Oracle of Language, Dies at 79, is worth seeking out and reading, even if you have to resort to registration. There will certainly be many more to come, but right now I'm not finding much else worth linking.
Meanwhile, here are just a few of the eloquent eulogies published for Irving Kristol, who passed away September 18:
The Power of Ideas; by Jonathan Tobin
While the vast majority of American Jews are still to be found on the Left, Kristol nevertheless must be credited, along with his fellow neocon pioneer Norman Podhoretz, with creating a lively debate about the follies of liberal orthodoxy and the perils to Jewish interests and specifically to Israel of Jews being trapped in a politics governed by knee-jerk support for any one party or ideology. Though the battle to open up Jewish minds on that subject is still very much an uphill climb, the penetrating insights of Kristol have ensured that it is one that continues to be fought.A Great Good Man; by Charles Krauthammer
Having had the undeserved good fortune of knowing him during his 21-year sojourn in Washington, I can testify to something lesser known: his extraordinary equanimity. His temperament was marked by a total lack of rancor. Angst, bitterness and anguish were alien to him. That, of course, made him unusual among the fraternity of conservatives because we believe that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. That makes us cranky. But not Irving. Never Irving. He retained steadiness, serenity and grace that expressed themselves in a courtliness couched in a calm quiet humor.Irving Kristol, 1920-2009: In memoriam; by William Kristol
In 1994, my father wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal titled "Life Without Father." It dealt with the subject of the family and poverty and welfare--with my father drawing for his argument, as he so often did, on a combination of social science, common sense, history, and personal experience. In the course of the article, my father briefly discussed his father, Joseph Kristol--who, he wrote, "was thought by all our relatives and his fellow workers to be wise, and fair, and good. I thought so too."May both of their memories be for a blessing and may their families be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
So have Liz and I always thought about our father. To us, he was wise, and fair, and good. I honestly don't think it ever occurred to us that we could have had a better father. So as we enter the rest of our life--a life without our father--we are overwhelmed not by a sense of loss or grief, though of course we feel both, but by a sense of gratitude: Having Irving Kristol as our dad was our great good fortune.