The updates on Glenn Greenwald’s piece (highlighted earlier by John) about Jeff Rosen’s attack on Sonia Sotomayor are truly fascinating. It turns out that Rosen’s brother-in-law is in line to become Solicitor General if Obama names Elana Kagan to the court. And, predictably, the usual suspects — Marc Ambinder, etc. — have jumped on the Rosen piece as a sign that the “respectable intellectual center” doesn’t want to deal with an uppity Latina on the court.
My first question is this: why did the attacks on Sotomayor from the right-center (Halperin, Cohen, TNR) come so quickly and in such a coordinated way?
My other question is this: is Sully’s take on this accurate?
So I will merely note how interesting it is as a media phenomenon. Washington’s old journalistic guard is not yet fully aware that the pool they operate in now is much larger than it was, and the cozy familiarity of it all – the sustenance of reputation, the quiet hierarchy of the Northwest quadrant – is now history. What might have been sent into the ether as a small provocation, summing up a coterie’s assumptions, will no longer be given credence because of its provenance. It will have to make its case in a brutally frank environment. Or fail to.
What I mean is this: to what extent have GG and others dented the hegemony of TNR-style wankery?
It’s a simple fact that for the last 20 years, the American political media landscape has been dominated by careerist mediocrities who got where they are by sucking off Marty Peretz or Jack Welch or David Bradley.
Will the next 20 years be any different?