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Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

  • The Ghosts of Elections (Recently) Past

    I've spent the last couple of weeks gently tweaking my panicky, paranoid liberal friends who just can't help fretting that Obama's seemingly…

  • The Nightmare Scenario

    It almost goes without saying, but John Podhoretz offers some reasons (and there are more, I think) why nobody should be rooting for a McCain victory…

  • Around the Horn

    For election eve, a potpourri of links related to the future of the Right ...  ... Yuval Levin, who's almost always more sanguine than yours truly,…

  • Madelyn Dunham, RIP

    This is simultaneously immensely, immensely sad, and such a remarkable coincidence as to feel like a small, inscrutable brush stroke of…

  • Reasons To Welcome a Liberal Era

    Less conservative-bashing in the popular culture, and more stuff like this:

  • Lost Horizons

    I had a succession of meals last week with smart conservative friends, and I found them all relatively sanguine about the defeat that's almost…

  • Missing Karl Rove

    After the election we're going to read a lot of analyses like this one from Mark McKinnon, arguing that second-guessing is unfair, and that in an…

  • Too Soon To Tell

    I've written before about Jonathan Haidt's view that our moral impulses can be grouped into five categories, two "liberal" (harm/care, and…

  • Annals of Alternative History

    Musing on what might have been if Al Gore had won Florida in 2000 - namely, a Democratic Party rallying around a presidential nominee named Joe…

  • Obama and the Race Card

    On the "'spreading the wealth' as racial appeal" question, Yglesias writes: "Well, obviously you could read just about anything as a coded…

  • Fixing the Postseason

    Peter Gammons, before last night's demi-game:When this World Series finally ends, there will be a great deal of discussion about how to avoid this…

  • In Fairness ...

    ... I should note that the design of this last-ditch McCain ad - which actually uses the word "welfare," as opposed to just talking about "spreading…

  • Congratulations, Philadelphia

    That was a pretty exciting three and a half inning victory. (Seriously! And it ended before midnight! Maybe the postseason needs more rain-suspended…

  • Heads, You're a Racist. Tails, You're a Racist!

    As I've said before, I'm been somewhat baffled by the McCain campaign's decision to spend its final weeks accusing Barack Obama of being a "spread…

  • Jindal, Race, and the Right

    Dave Weigel weighs in on the subject here; Daniel Larison here. I think that liberals trying to understand the conservative mind, circa 2008, should…

  • Is Slate Conservative? (Revisited)

    Question asked ... and question answered.And yeah, I understand that when Yglesias suggested that Slate leaned rightward, he was probably thinking of…

  • The Iraq War and the GOP's Fortunes

    Yesterday, Culture11 hosted an interesting back-and-forth between John Schwenkler and James Poulos on the question of where the Iraq War (remember…

  • Jindal, Obama and the GOP

    I think Chris Orr is completely wrong about this:... while there are plenty of 2012 GOP presidential aspirants who have reason to be unhappy with the…

  • The End of Conservatism?

    For some reason, The New Republic has decided to embarrass the talented and perceptive John Judis by digging out of its archives a piece that he…

  • Liberal or Conservative?

    McClatchy has a piece on the Bush Administration's successes curtailing homelessness - a subject I've written about before. Because spending has…


Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.


Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."


The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands


'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.


Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas


The Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm


Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."


Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."



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