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  • The Great Immigration Betrayal

    11/16/2014 1:52:46 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 15, 2014 | Ross Douthat
    IN the months since President Obama first seem poised — as he now seems poised again — to issue a sweeping executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, we’ve learned two important things about how this administration approaches its constitutional obligations. First, we now have a clear sense of the legal arguments that will be used to justify the kind of move Obama himself previously described as a betrayal of our political order. They are, as expected, lawyerly in the worst sense, persuasive only if abstracted from any sense of precedent or proportion or political normality. Second, we now have...
  • The Terms of Our Surrender (to gay marriage)

    03/02/2014 5:22:19 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 73 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 1, 2014 | Ross Douthat
    IT now seems certain that before too many years elapse, the Supreme Court will be forced to acknowledge the logic of its own jurisprudence on same-sex marriage and redefine marriage to include gay couples in all 50 states. Once this happens, the national debate essentially will be finished, but the country will remain divided, with a substantial minority of Americans, most of them religious, still committed to the older view of marriage. So what then? One possibility is that this division will recede into the cultural background, with marriage joining the long list of topics on which Americans disagree without...
  • The Liberal Gloat

    11/17/2012 5:41:12 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2012 | Ross Douthat
    WINNING an election doesn’t just offer the chance to govern the country. It offers a chance to feel morally and intellectually superior to the party you’ve just beaten. This is an inescapable aspect of democratic culture: no matter what reason tells us about the vagaries of politics, something in the American subconscious assumes that the voice of the people really is the voice of God, and that being part of a winning coalition must be a sign that you’re His chosen one as well. This means the losing coalition must be doomed to wander east of Eden, and liberals have...
  • Ron Paul Rising

    12/14/2011 10:42:04 AM PST · by JosephMama · 49 replies
    NYTimes ^ | ROSS DOUTHAT
    The race for the Republican nomination may be coming down to Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, but in the contest for the Iowa caucuses, their high-profile battle might still turn out to be a sideshow. The national party has spent the last two weeks resigning itself to a choice between the former speaker and the former Massachusetts governor. But Iowa Republicans may end up choosing between Gingrich and Representative Ron Paul. In every post-Thanksgiving poll but one, Paul has been neck and neck for second place in Iowa. In most of them, he has lagged well behind the soaring speaker,...
  • Two Major Examples of Why We Can’t Trust the Mainstream Media

    08/31/2011 10:28:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2011 | Ron Radosh
    A few not to be missed articles or blogs have appeared in the past few days. The first is by the conservative New York Times columnist, Ross Douthat. Most people, especially those who still buy the print edition, see his regular featured column. But fewer people read his blog, which appears only on the paperÂ’s website, and for that, one usually has to search to find. Two days ago, Douthat wrote about the myth spread by many Democrats and liberals: that conservatives and Republicans want to institute a theocracy in America. As Douthat points out, [A] spate of recent articles...
  • Ross Douthat: Everything’s Coming Up Romney [Massachusetts Dreamin']

    03/08/2011 12:02:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 8, 2011 | Ross Douthat
    Last August, I wrote the following about Mitt Romney’s odds of winning the Republican nomination: In a sense, the stronger President Obama looks next year, the better Romney’s chances of being nominated. He needs the prospect of an uphill general-election battle to keep his potential rivals for establishment support safely on the sidelines. And then he needs that same establishment to rally around him once the primary voting starts — not out of love or admiration, but out of fear of the populist alternative. Six months later, this is almost exactly how things are playing out. In many ways, Romney...
  • Why Don’t Republicans Believe in Climate Change?

    10/13/2010 4:39:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | Oct. 12, 2010 | Ross Douthat
    Ron Brownstein and Bill McKibben both have pieces up lamenting the ascendancy of climate change skepticism in the Republican Party. While McKibben ponders the intellectual roots of this phenomenon (a subject I touched on, as he notes, in a column earlier this year), Brownstein points out that the G.O.P. is an outlier among the developed world’s right-of-center parties:
  • Right as Ever: How conservative critics of conservatism are explaining the conservative comeback.

    10/05/2010 10:55:49 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies
    Slate ^ | 10/5/10 | David Weigel
    The Great Recession has done wonders for the Republican Party. Two years after being tossed out of power at every level, it's about to waltz right back in, kicking aside the corpses of Democrats foolish enough to go along with the designs of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. This is good news for most conservatives. It's slightly worse news for a smaller group of conservatives—namely, the ones who spent the end of the '00s explaining why a Republican comeback like this was not really possible. Take, for example, Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, whose 2005 Weekly Standard cover story, "The...
  • Sarah Palin: Still Not the Front-Runner (Then why are they writing about her?)

    09/22/2010 1:31:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 22, 2010 | Ross Douthat
    Here are two more data points from the weekend to back up my argument that the 2012 Republican nomination is not Sarah Palin’s to lose. First, the Values Voter Summit straw poll, a decent gauge of sentiment among the kind of activists Palin would presumably need to rally, in which the former Alaska governor racked up just 7 percent of the vote, trailing Mike Pence (who gave a barn-burner of a speech), Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Second, a new 2012 poll from Public Policy Polling, showing Romney leading with 22 percent, followed by Huckabee at 21, Gingrich...
  • Ross Douthat: Mr. Beck Goes to Washington

    08/29/2010 10:09:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 29, 2010 | Ross Douthat
    Entering this weekend, I was convinced that Glenn Beck’s star was about to go into eclipse. Just as Michael Moore, amid Democratic disarray, became the unlikely face of liberal opposition to George W. Bush, the mercurial, weepy, demagogic Beck has spent the last 18 months filling the void left by the institutional collapse of the Republican Party. And just as Moore’s influence diminished as the Democrats came roaring back, it seemed plausible that Beck would matter less and less as the midterms and then the 2012 election re-empowered actual Republican politicians. But after spending my Saturday at Beck’s “Restoring Honor”...
  • The Atlantic Wire hearts Mark Levin: ‘What Is a Ross Douthat?’

    07/27/2010 4:41:54 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Mark Levin Fan ^ | July 27, 2010 | Sgt Tim
    Erik Hayden of The Atlantic Wire much admires Mark Levin taking down a poser: The latest pundit to lambaste Douthat [aka Ross doo-TOT] is hard-right radio talk show host Mark Levin, who not only slams the Times' columnist's recent article on The Right and Climate Change, but also makes some incendiary attacks on his character, talent and position. All this in a 166-word Facebook note entitled What is a Ross Douthat? His answer: This is your typical pretender. He's not a thinker. He's not a scholar. He's not accomplished. What, exactly, does he know about climate in specific or science...
  • 'Conservative' Columnist Douthat: Many 'Right-Wing' Americans Don't Understand Hawaii Is A State

    06/28/2010 8:02:32 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Over the weekend, Dave Weigel resigned as WaPo's house chronicler of conservatives after revelations of his antipathy toward the people he was covering. Tonight brings us the spectacle of Ross Douthat, an ostensibly conservative columnist at the New York Times. Appearing on MSNBC's Ed Schultz show, Douthat proffered precisely zero criticism of anyone or anything liberal. But he did manage to mock Mike Huckabee as "passive-aggressive." For good measure, Douthat suggested that "right-wing" people who question Barack Obama's place of birth are too dense to realize that Hawaii is a state of the union. The Nation's Chris Hayes subbed for...
  • Cheney for President (Times' Columnist Douhat Wishes Cheney, not McCain, Had Lost in '08)

    04/27/2009 6:16:05 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 33 replies · 1,275+ views
    NYTimes ^ | April 27, 2009 | Ross Douthat
    And John McCain’s defeat has been taken as the vindication of this premise. We tried running the maverick reformer, the argument goes, and look what it got us. What Americans want is real conservatism, not some crypto-liberal imitation. “Real conservatism,” in this narrative, means a particular strain of right-wingery: a conservatism of supply-side economics and stress positions, uninterested in social policy and dismissive of libertarian qualms about the national-security state. And Dick Cheney happens to be its diamond-hard distillation. The former vice-president kept his distance from the Bush administration’s attempts at domestic reform, and he had little time for the...
  • Conservatives, Crime Policy (Ross Douthat: Reduce Prison Population to Help GOP win Votes)

    03/26/2009 2:33:45 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 9 replies · 348+ views
    Ross Douthat ^ | 26 Mar 2009 | Ross Douthat
    snip But drop down to ground level for a moment, and consider Ta-Nehisi's response to my post on prison reform. Here we have an issue - the design of our criminal-justice system - that's of burning concern to the African-American community. It's not an easy issue to wrestle with by any stretch: My preferred approach to reform, for instance, would marry a reduced incarceration rate to a substantial increase in the police presence on America's streets, which if implemented clumsily (as most policy shifts are) could mean fewer black men behind bars, but more tragedies like the death of Ta-Nehisi's...
  • NY Times hires new, conservative op-ed columnist

    03/11/2009 7:07:13 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 50 replies · 1,341+ views
    Newsday ^ | 3/11/09
    NEW YORK - The New York Times is describing its newest opinion columnist as young and conservative. The Times announced Wednesday that Ross G. Douthat (DOW'-thut), a 29-year-old writer and editor at The Atlantic, will initially write online columns for the newspaper beginning in mid-April.
  • Ross Douthat Tapped by 'NYT' for Kristol's Spot

    03/11/2009 3:06:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 616+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | March 11, 2009 | Greg Mitchell
    Ross Douthat, 29, a senior editor and conservative blogger for The Atlantic magazine, has been hired by The New York Times to write a regular column online and then fill the weekly Op-ed slot occupied by William Kristol during 2008. A New York Times spokeswoman confirmed the hiring to E&P this afternoon. Andrew Rosenthal, editorial page editor, asked by E&P's Joe Strupp why Douthat had been picked, cited his youth, Republican politics, "iconoclast" leanings and intelligence. He also said that he had interviewed several applicants after reading widely the work of many conservatives (see separate story). Rosenthal had sent around...
  • Ross Douthat To Fill Kristol’s NYT Op-Ed Slot (RINO pundit replacing RINO pundit)

    03/11/2009 1:50:44 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 8 replies · 682+ views
    CJR ^ | March 11, 2009 | Liz Cox Barrett
    Word has it that the Atlantic’s Ross Douthat will be picking up where Bill Kristol left off at the New York Times’s op-ed page. Here’s the email the Times’s Andrew Rosenthal sent to colleagues announcing the hire: Folks: Some exciting news. We’ve hired Ross Douthat, currently of Atlantic. Ross will be joining the Times staff in mid-April and will be based in the Washington bureau. He will start out primarily online, but will soon be writing with increasing frequency, and then regularity, on the Op-Ed page, in the Monday slot opposite Paul. At some point, he’ll also resume his work...
  • The Uncreative McCain Campaign

    09/16/2008 9:12:47 AM PDT · by bahblahbah · 2 replies · 76+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 | Ross Douthat
    Writing in response to my suggestion that the McCain campaign has wanted for creativity, I think Rich Lowry makes a strong case that they've been quite tactically imaginative, and I agree with Rich that they wouldn't be where they are today if it weren't for some brilliant improvisations. What I had in mind, though, was ideological creativity - the sort of creativity, for instance, that might have provided stronger talking points for your new-minted veep nominee to trot out when the subject turns to, say, the state of the economy. The McCain camp has found exactly one good domestic-policy talking...