“Weekly Standard” co-founder Bill Kristol may have lost his conservative magazine in 2018, but he gained an ideological pregnancy that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is “midwifing.” One of President Trump’s fiercest critics told Twitter followers this week that a “democratic socialist” inside him is fighting to be “(re)born.”

News surrounding the ongoing government shutdown, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed 70 percent tax on the wealthy, and the reaction by billionaires in Davos, Switzerland, appear to be accelerating Mr. Kristol’s figurative delivery date.

“Sometimes my inner democratic socialist struggles to be (re)born,” he began a pair of tweets on Thursday. “Wilbur Ross is midwifing this rebirth very effectively.”

Mr. Kristol’s remarks came after claims that billionaires at the World Economic Forum were scoffing at the rationale behind Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s preferred policies, in addition to a CNBC interview in which Mr. Ross said “there is really not a good excuse why there really should be a liquidity crisis” of unpaid federal employees.

“Conservatives are so familiar with the critique of the revolutionary spirit that we often wonder how intelligent people could have embraced various forms of ill-advised radicalism,” Mr. Kristol tweeted. “But Wilbur Ross provides a useful reminder of how that happens, of how repellent oligarchy can be.”

The “Weekly Standard” closed after 23 years in mid-December.

Clarity Media President and CEO Ryan McKibben told The Associated Press in a statement at the time that it had double-digit subscriber declines in all but one year since 2013.

The publisher acquired “The Weekly Standard” from media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in 2009.

Sometimes my inner democratic socialist struggles to be (re)born. https://t.co/gMQAoTyHlU
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 24, 2019

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