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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?

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