It's one step back for the Atlantic, but an order of magnitude forward for the country: my colleagues and I learned today that senior editor Ross Douthat will, in short order, become an opinion columnist for the New York Times.
Ross is late-twenties-year-old public intellectual with the sensibility of a 60-year eminence grise, the range of a Hitchens, the pitch of a conservative AJP Taylor, the conscience of a Neibuhr and the intellectual honesty of his frequent sparring partner, Andrew Sullivan.
Good God. That fucking idiot Douthat, with his gentle little moral admonishments, and his racist assumptions, and his intellectual meanderings. Fuck him and the horse he rode in on.
Jesus. We deserve to be reduced to poverty, violence and hunger. We're too fucking stupid to live. Not just because of Douthat, but because so many people pissed our country away and feel all Godly about it.
"an order of magnitude forward for the country"?!? He's going to write op-ed pieces for a newspaper, not end child poverty or something. That's so over-the-top, Blanche DuBois would be embarrassed by it.
I can only hope that ascribing Douthat with the "intellectual honesty" of Sully was a subtle barb. At any rate, it made me laugh aloud.
Perhaps notJoe the notPlumber will be hired to fill Douthat's old slot at the Atlantic.
It'll be Rod Dreher, you wait and see.
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