City of Brass

City of Brass


Ross Douthat replaces Kristol at the New York Times

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I had hoped that the New York Times would pick Joshua Trevino to replace Bill Kristol‘s sordid run as opinion columnist, but their pick of Ross Douthat is definitely a solid choice (though also a far more cautious one). Douthat is a principled conservative voice who does not toe the Republican party line, but neither does he rock the boat with major critiques of his own team (unlike Trevino, who had no qualms about holding his side accountable). Douthat can be trusted to represent a “safe” form of conservatism quite reliably, in marked contrast to the loony fringe that dominates most conservative right-wing discourse. As such, Douthat at the Times is probably conservatism’s highest-profile palatable advocate.

The Times may not have been the place for a more innovative voice like Trevino- in (obvious) hindsight, a safe pick like Douthat was probably inevitable. However, the Atlantic now has a slot to fill for a blogger, presumably of conservative bent, and unlike the Times would benefit highly from a voice that will make some noise. A strong conservative voice is especially needed given that their other major bloggers are liberal (Sullivan) and libertarian (McArdle). Who better than Trevino to reinvigorate the Atlantic’s blog corps and provide some genuine diversity?

Related – my earlier argument for Trevino at The Times, the bulk of which remains just as valid a rationale for an Atlantic gig. Also, here’s Douthat’s old blog at The Atlantic.



  • Raindog

    Sullivan is a liberal now? I think many liberals would disagree with that notion. Just because U.K. conservatism is different than U.S. conservatism, doesn’t mean Tories living in America automatically become liberals.
    Why is he liberal? Because he is gay or just because he doesn’t hate himself because he’s gay.
    Oh wait, I know. He’s liberal because he doesn’t think G.O.P. stand for God’s Own Party.
    Or is it because he doesn’t think Pres. Obama is a crypto-Muslim, socialist, fascist, racist, terrorist who wasn’t born in America? What right wing box did Sullivan not check?
    He’s doesn’t listen to Rush? Am I close yet?

Previous Posts

Midamar halal beef - charged with fraud
This is disturbing news - the company Midamar, well known for its halal meat products, has been charged with fraud for falsely advertising its beef as halal to Muslims: The indictment said the companies told customers its cattle were slaughtered by hand by specially trained Muslim slaughtermen w

posted 10:45:40pm Dec. 15, 2014 | read full post »

men should accept blame; women should assert agency
The following rant was posted on Facebook by a friend of mine, and I have her permission to reproduce it in its entirety. Systems of patriarchy are sometimes so entrenched, we just accept them as part of normal daily interactions. Popular discourse often maintains that it's men who do such and s

posted 10:56:12pm Dec. 01, 2014 | read full post »

My first day of wearing rida to school
Zainab Jamali is a teenaged Muslim American girl in Los Angeles. As a member of the Dawoodi Bohra community, she recently took her misaq (an oath marking the symbolic pas

posted 10:08:13am Nov. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Muslims en masse for Modi at Madison Square
Newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to a huge crowd of Indian expats in New York City on Monday night, outlining his vision of India's future and mak

posted 4:29:29pm Oct. 01, 2014 | read full post »

Hussein Abdullah gets a penalty for doing sajda in the endzone on Monday Night Football
https://twitter.com/NFL_Memes/status/516788936996573184 As a (very) recent convert to the joy of American Football, I am fascinated by the penalty issued to Kansas City Chiefs' safety Hussein Abdullah for performing a sajda (prayer prostration) of thanks after an epic 39-yard pick-six on Patriots

posted 11:04:12am Sep. 30, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.