Congrats to Ross Douthat, who will be taking over the Kristol seat at the NY Times. No word on whether Kristol gets to keep the dunce cap.
My first choice was Larison, but with Douthat we get someone who will at least from time to time make interesting arguments. And considering how low a bar Kristol has set, if Ross makes it through his first column without misspelling his name and being forced to issue three factual corrections, he will already be a move in the right direction.
No word yet on whether the Tibetan Freedom Fighters over at the New Republic and the Weekly Standard approve of this pick, so let’s not pretend the deal is completely done. We better make sure that Michael Goldfarb and Chait and Marty Peretz approve of Ross’s views on China. We saw what happened to Charles Freeman when people’s views on Tibet are not given a proper vet.
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