BILL KRISTOL, PUBLIC SAFETY ADVOCATE…. Bill Kristol makes no secret of the fact that he hopes to see Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) kill health care reform. But today, the Weekly Standard editor came up with a new reason for Nelson, not just to kill the bill, but to do so today.

There’s a really big snowstorm coming to D.C.tonight. It would be unsafe to ask all the staffers and Hill employees who’d be needed at the Capitol if Congress stays open all hours this weekend, as Harry Reid intends, to drive to and from work–especially since many will have to do so at night, and they won’t be well-rested. So from the point of view of public safety and personal well-being, Ben Nelson can do everyone a favor, announce today he won’t vote for cloture, and let everyone stay home this weekend.

Yes, Bill Kristol wants support for a Republican filibuster because it’s likely to snow.

Kristol, you may recall, was the far-right activist/media figure who advised congressional Republicans 15 years ago to overlook the policy and the consequences for Americans, and just “kill” the Clinton health care reform initiative outright. To do otherwise, Kristol said, would be to risk more Democratic gains, and put Republicans in a difficult electoral position for the indefinite future. Republicans, for their own good, had to put the party’s interests above the country’s, he said.

This is also the same Kristol who argued in July that Republican lawmakers should “resist the temptation” to work with Democrats on a bipartisan solution to the broken status quo. “Go for the kill,” he advised the GOP, adding, “Throw the kitchen sink at the legislation now on the table, drive a stake through its heart (I apologize for the mixed metaphors), and kill it.”

And now he’s been reduced to relying on the weather as an excuse. How sad.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.