Kristol was in San Francisco yesterday and appeared at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco for a "conversation with" event.
He fielded questions from the audience and also the moderator neocon Kori Schake, mostly about Donald Trump.
At one point, he named a list of non-mainstream Republican candidates that had their moment in the sun and then faded away.
This included Ron and Rand Paul.
"We beat back Ron Paul and Rand Paul," he said. Implying that they were nothing but a footnote in Republican history.
Kristol said the current election resembled one coming out of a third world country.
He also admitted that he underestimated "Trump's seeing what the people are upset about."
He said the current move by some delegates to open up the upcoming Republican national convention by "voting conscience" to deny Trump the nomination has about a 15% chance of succeeding. He said only last week he would have said it only had a 5% chance.
He admitted he could not rule out a Trump victory in November.
And also said he sent out this tweet to "energize" Reince Priebus:
-RWPrediction: 2016 GOP MVP will be @Reince, who steps up, ensures open convention, saves party from Trump and produces ticket that wins in Nov— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 21, 2016