The Nation online--syfriendly's comment on "The Times' New Conservative" posted by Christopher Hayes :
Why does the political movement that brought about the decline of American prosperity and security, a decline culminating in the current economic and security crises, deserve yet another babbling pundit on the pages of the NYT? Yet another poofy pseudo-philosophical David Brooks type? Another reactionary culture warrior reaching for the golden age of the Republican party? This is one of the most discredited political parties and movements in the entire national history. Why is it given another media bully pulpit?
Posted by syfriendly at 03/11/2009 @ 7:54pm
or Whiskey Fire's post:
Death to Affirmative Action!
The New York Times needed a conservative op-ed columnist, because they decided they needed a conservative op-ed columnist. The New York Times did not go out and get the best possible columnist they could discover, someone exciting! original! groundbreaking! No, they went for that Ross Douthat guy. Egad affirmative action shudder.
It says something about the state of Conservatism that the best they could scrounge is Douthat, whose main claim to fame, or at least cognition, is that he's a "conservative" who is, uh, almost presentable.
And, on the other hand, it says something about the state of the Main Stream Media, that to get the counterpart gig as an actual liberal, you have to be on the short list for the fucking Nobel Prize.
[XE: boldface mine]