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  • 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,...
  • Newt Gingrich will not be the Republican nominee — even if it means a brokered convention

    12/09/2011 5:56:49 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 81 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/09/2011 | Ezra Klein
    Silver doesn’t quite go so far as to say that it makes a brokered convention or a late-breaking establishment candidate likely, but I’m willing to go that far. There’s just no way the Republican establishment lets Gingrich become their nominee. As Andrew Sullivan pointed out today, you’re already seeing the anti-Gingrich mobilization among conservative thought leaders: Here’s George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, Ross Douthat, Tom Coburn and Ann Coulter, just for starters. There’s this Politico story about all the Washington Republicans who hate Gingrich. Now, I think it’s more likely that this mobilization leads to a Romney win then...
  • Messing With Texas (How much of Texas' Success can be attributed to Perry?)

    08/22/2011 7:40:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/22/2011 | Ross Douthat
    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas hasn’t lost an election in 10 tries. Among his vanquished opponents, this streak has inspired not only the usual mix of resentment and respect, but a touch of supernatural awe. “Running against Perry,” one of them told Texas Monthly, “is like running against God.” Perry’s 2012 rivals can’t afford to entertain such thoughts. If either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama hopes to snap the Texas governor’s winning streak, the election will need to become a referendum on Perry himself, in all his heat-packing, secession-contemplating glory. If it becomes a referendum on his home state instead,...
  • 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...
  • Glenn Beck Is Not A Fad

    08/31/2010 7:32:11 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-31-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat attended the Restoring Honor Rally and wrote a column on it that must've really unnevered the opinion editor, who was undoubetly forced to choose between that and the letters to the editor detailing "eyewitness" accounts from "readers" like Daureen Moud and Kaul Prugman, who saw Beck turn into a dragon and forced everyone to repent or face the hellfire clamoring for release from his demonically conservative gullet. You can read the piece here, or you can see the concluding paragraphs, which give a pretty good idea of the direction it went in. In...
  • 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”...
  • '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...
  • Mama Grizzlies: The Triumph of Feminism

    06/14/2010 7:38:18 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 13 replies · 436+ views
    Via Hotair ^ | Monday June 14, 2010 | Ross Douthat
    What Tuesday’s results demonstrated, convincingly, is that America is now a country where social conservatives are as comfortable as liberals with the idea of women in high office. More strikingly, they’re comfortable voting for working mothers — for women publicly juggling careers and family obligations in ways that would have been unthinkable for the generations of female leaders, from Elizabeth I’s Virgin Queen down to Margaret Thatcher’s Iron Lady, who were expected to unsex themselves before being entrusted with the responsibilities of state… In this environment, it isn’t a surprise that women in the public square now disagree about everything...
  • 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...
  • NY Times OP-ED: Cheney for President

    04/27/2009 5:02:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies · 1,820+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 27, 2009 | By ROSS DOUTHAT
    Watching Dick Cheney defend the Bush administration’s interrogation policies, it’s been hard to escape the impression that both the Republican Party and the country would be better off today if Cheney, rather than John McCain, had been a candidate for president in 2008. Certainly Cheney himself seems to feel that way. Last week’s Sean Hannity interview, all anti-Obama jabs and roundhouses, was the latest installment in the vice president’s unexpected – and, to Republican politicians, distinctly unwelcome – transformation from election-season wallflower into high-profile spokesman for the conservative opposition. George W. Bush seems happy to be back in civilian life,...
  • 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...
  • Sarah Palin—The Fall Girl?

    09/26/2008 5:11:02 PM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 104 replies · 2,782+ views
    Human Events ^ | 9/26/08 | D. R. Tucker
    Are certain conservatives setting Sarah Palin up to fail? With the recent news that conservative commentator Kathleen Parker has joined the ranks of anti-Palin conservatives George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Frum and Ross Douthat (as well as moderate-conservative David Brooks), one has to wonder how these folks will respond if McCain and Palin lose to Barack Obama and Joseph Biden on November 4. It’s likely that Parker, Will, Krauthammer, Frum, Douthat and Brooks will attempt to blame Palin for a GOP loss, arguing that she was not ready for prime time and that her supposed lack of knowledge drove away...
  • 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...
  • Grand New Party: How the Republicans Can Win the Working Class and save the American Dream

    09/09/2008 9:25:34 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 5 replies · 136+ views
    The Long View ^ | 2008 Summer | John J. Reilly
    Grand New Party: How the Republicans Can Win the Working Class and save the American Dream By Ross Douthat and Reihan SalamDoubleday, 2008 244 Pages, US$23.95 ISBN 978-0-385-51943-4 Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam have perhaps already reached the stage among people who follow applied political science where they need no introduction, which doesn’t mean they don’t get one: Douhat /Dow-thut/ is now a senior editor at The Atlantic, for which Salam is an associate editor and also a Fellow of the New America Foundation; readers may have encountered them at the blog, The American Scene. For the purposes of this...