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  • NeverTrump New York Times Columnist: Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Winning

    12/17/2017 12:52:02 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    New York Times resident conservative columnist Ross Douthat, who was a “NeverTrump” pundit during the 2016 election, has acknowledged President Donald Trump’s success in defeating the so-called “Islamic State” — and says Trump deserves credit for his foreign policy overall. In a column titled “The War Trump Won,” Douthat writes that “if you had told me in late 2016 that almost a year into the Trump era the caliphate would be all-but-beaten without something far worse happening in the Middle East, I would have been surprised and gratified.” Last October, with Election Day looming, Douthat had written that “the risks...
  • Hillary is toast: Scandals finally catch up with Clintons

    11/21/2017 5:22:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2017 | Liz Peek
    Imagine: even the New York Times’ Ross Douthat now thinks that Bill Clinton should have stepped down over the Monica Lewinsky affair. Douthat's mea culpa op-ed in this past weekend’s paper, in which he confesses that he and others may have been wrong to dismiss Bill Clinton’s indefensible behavior, will serve as the official political obituary for Clinton, Inc. Hillary Clinton is done, finished, kaput. Dogged by scandals old and new, out of step politically, her excess baggage has morphed into an entire baggage train, dragging her towards political oblivion. While it is refreshing to consider the landscape unadorned by...
  • Bill Clinton should have resigned (says leading liberal publication)

    11/19/2017 12:55:09 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 68 replies
    Vox ^ | Nov 15, 2017 | Matthew Yglesias
    It was far from the most egregious case of workplace sexual misconduct in American history. But it was unusually high-profile, the facts were not in dispute, the perpetrator had a lot of nominal feminist ideological commitments, and political leaders who shared those commitments had the power to force him from office. Had he resigned in shame, we all might have made a collective cultural and political decision that a person caught leveraging power over women in inappropriate ways ought to be fired. Instead, we lost nearly two decades.
  • What if Ken Starr Was Right?

    11/18/2017 10:13:48 PM PST · by Kartographer · 71 replies
    NYT ^ | 11/18/17 | Ross Douthat
    But a moment of reassessment is a good time to reassess things for yourself, so I spent this week reading about the lost world of the 1990s. I skimmed the Starr Report. I leafed through books by George Stephanopoulos and Joe Klein and Michael Isikoff. I dug into Troopergate and Whitewater and other first-term scandals. I reacquainted myself with Gennifer Flowers and Webb Hubbell, James Riady and Marc Rich. After doing all this reading, I’m not sure my reasonable middle ground is actually reasonable. It may be that the conservatives of the 1990s were simply right about Clinton, that once...
  • David Brooks' Mini-Me Reflects Original on Trump Disrupting Culture

    09/27/2017 3:59:18 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 27, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    The one thing that all New York Times house "conservatives" are united on is their hatred of President Donald Trump. In fact, it is pretty much a job requirement. The New York Times will barely tolerate their slightly conservative (on a few topics) views but only if they express complete hostility towards Trump. Political diversity at the Times on the subject of Trump is absolutely taboo.Sometimes this Trump derangement on the part of their house "conservatives" can take an unintended humorous turn as it did this week when David Brooks and his Mini-Me, Ross Douthat, sounded remarkably alike when writing on the...
  • Ross Douthat Childishly Begs for Trump's Removal via 25th Amendment

    05/19/2017 7:37:59 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 18, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    Ross Douthat, the "conservative" David Brooks mini-me at the New York Times, wants President Donald Trump removed from office pronto. Although Douthat admits in his May 16 column that Trump has probably not done anything actually impeachable, he still wants him out of office because his supposed "childishness" offends him.  Since Trump's very presence in the White House offends poor Douthat's delicate urbane sensibilities, he childishly places his belief in The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump:
  • Ross Douthat Goes Off NYT Reservation with Faint Trump Praise

    04/27/2017 5:34:40 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 27, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    The New York Times version of political diversity is that even if you are a scorned "conservative" you can still be tolerated on their pages but ONLY if you are resolutely anti-Trump. A supposed conservative was recently hired by the Times but read this description about him in the very first sentence of this April 12 Politico story:
  • NYT's Ross Douthat Has Hilariously Horrible History of Bad Predictions

    02/18/2017 7:05:21 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 17, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    The New York Times and the Washington Post are chock full of "conservative" columnists who reflect the lack of political diversity in their newsrooms by being united in their opposition to Donald Trump. However, of all these "conservatives," there is one with the saving grace of at least being comically entertaining in that he consistently provides hilariously wrong predictions about Trump. He is Ross Douthat who is sort of a monastic Mini-Me version of his Times colleague David Brooks. So just how wrong are Douthat's predictions? Let's just say they are in the category of Bob Shrum "Curse" wrong. And the...
  • New York Times columnist tweets joke about killing Trump

    02/25/2016 5:35:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 25, 2016 | David K. Li
    A New York Times columnist tweeted a joke about assassinating GOP front-runner Donald Trump -- and then deleted the message and apologized. The 1983 Paramount Pictures film "The Dead Zone" Ross Douthat tweeted Wednesday night, "Good news guys I've figured out how the Trump campaign ends" along with a clip from a little-known movie, "The Dead Zone."In the 1983 flick, Christopher Walken plays a man who can see the future and knows that a US Senate candidate, portrayed by Martin Sheen, will eventually become president and start a nuclear war....
  • Confessions of a Columnist (I underestimated Donald Trump)

    01/02/2016 6:44:26 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/2/2016 | Ross Douthat
    EVERY New Year's, in a spirit of self-examination, I try to catalog my worst blunders from the preceding year. But this year, like almost every pundit in America, I have one mistake that overshadows all the others, one confession that makes my other faults seem venial by comparison. I underestimated Donald Trump.
  • How liberals are handling their defeat at the Synod

    10/27/2015 8:22:27 PM PDT · by LovedSinner · 30 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 10/27/2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Ross Douthat of the NYT really got under the skin of a whole raft of libs who, in typical lib fashion, reacted badly and are now trying silence him. Douthat wrote about how the libs lost at the Synod, how they did not get their Church and doctrine changing agenda through. HERE – go read it now. That made liberal heads explode. They signed on to a group letter whining to the Editor of Hell’s Bible that that sort of thing shouldn’t be permitted. After all, they sneered, Douthat doesn’t have a theology degree. So the libs wrote a letter....
  • Lies, Carly Fiorina and Abortion [Were the Videos fabricated?]

    09/29/2015 7:24:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/29/2015 | Ross Douthat
    There has been an impressive amount of angry liberal commentary, which has spilled over into the mainstream press coverage (or do I repeat myself?) of the issue, about how in the last Republican presidential debate Carly Fiorina allegedly cited an entirely imaginary video in order to make a crazy claim about Planned Parenthood’s brain-harvesting ghoulishness that’s totally unsupported by the facts. Here’s Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, in a representative rant, attacking Fiorina’s “big fib,” the sheer “enormity” of which has shaken Lithwick’s faith in honesty in politics and journalism: Nobody—not even Fiorina’s staunchest defenders—can say that these videos that clearly don’t...
  • 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”...