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Douthat Thing You Do So Well…

March 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’m just joining the choir here, but I want to take a second to applaud the selection of Ross Douthat to replace Bill Kristol on the New York Times‘ op-ed page. (Even if it the proximity in our ages does provoke a bit of a Tom Lehrer moment.) As a social conservative with a taste for ambitious government social programs, Ross is pretty damn near my ideological opposite, and we’ve had occasion to spar a few times over the years. He’s also probably the sharpest and most intellectually honest conservative writer of our generation—and I’m not even sure the qualifier is needed there. While I rather hope conservatism’s current identity crisis doesn’t resolve itself with an embrace of his substantive views, a shift toward his unfailingly thoughtful and serious approach to public issues would be salutary.

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  • 1 Kevin B. O'Reilly // Mar 12, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I thought Goldfarb was your favorite?! I think you’re just proud because it’s obvious your blog post that led to Douthat’s handwringer on pornodultery is what landed him the gig.

  • 2 A Squirrel // Mar 13, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I woulda gone with Larison over at Amconmag for the Sharpest & Most Intellectually Honest title. Although he is probably way too divorced from modern consevatism to count.

    Douthut’s better than Kristol, obviously.