Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ross Douthat moves to the New York Times

I'm pleasantly stunned to learn that The Atlantic's Ross Douthat is moving to the New York Times to replace Bill Kristol as a conservative voice on their OP/ED page.

Ross and Reihan Salam co-authored "Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream"which by all accounts is the smartest book written about Republican politics in a generation.

The not yet 30 year-old knows what a modern GOP should look like, and must look like, if it is to survive as a national party and the NYT could not have made a better choice.

Kristol's short tenor at The Times was a disaster from his very first column resulting in the first of 4 corrections The Times was obligated to publish over 12 months due to Kristol's habit of making up facts to support his views. Kristol also had a habit of writing about political matters in which he was personally involved without disclosing his interest, much in the mold of George Will. But Kristol is no George Will and while making up facts might be SOP at the American Prospect, not so much at The New York Times.

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