Douthat Moving To The New York Times
In a rare display of sound editorial judgment for the op-ed page, the New York Times has hired Atlantic editor Ross Douthat as a new opinion columnist.
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.
I concur with Marc Ambinder on this. This is a particularly fine choice for the New York Times. Douthat is intelligent, creative, honest, and a fresh voice offering new applications of traditional conservative principles. I don’t agree with him on many things, but I admire his thoughtful opinions. This is a great prize for the Gray Lady.
UPDATE (James Joyner): I concur wholeheartedly and am surprised by the boldness of the choice. Daniel Larison was my first choice but Douthat among those I suggested. Of those, Douthat was the most likely, in that he was proven with a mainstream publication.