Ross Douthat

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

  • Moderate Republicans, Reformist Conservatives, and Other Animals

    A reader writes:I read your posting on Limbaugh's monologue. There is one point I do not understand. You seem to claim that a bad campaign by…

  • Rush Limbaugh Explains It all

    This Rush Limbaugh monologue is a fascinating document, and should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand one of the most powerful…

  • The Absence of Policy

    One of the many fascinating things about Robert Draper's Times Magazine story on the McCain campaign is what isn't included in its account of the…

  • Rewatching The Sopranos

    Like any good movie geek, I've got David Thomson's "Have You Seen ...?" - the companion volume to his epically awesome Biographical Dictionary of…

  • Palin in 2012, Revisited

    Basically, I agree with the Ambinder-Cillizza take on the question - namely, that Sarah Palin might well be a formidable contender for the GOP…

  • A Boy's Life

    It occurs to me that in this campaign season, some of my readers may be spending so much time leaping from Atlantic blog to Atlantic blog ("these are…

  • Biden's Epic Gaffe, Cont.

    People keep emailing me to say that Biden's gaffe wasn't a gaffe at all, that he was just talking about how Barack Obama will be tested like any new…

  • Biden's Epic Gaffe

    Ambinder, on the Dem veep's comments about Obama being greeted by "an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy":In…

  • Spreading the Wealth (III)

    Jonah has a thoughtful response to my last post on the subject.

  • Haters

    In this week's New Yorker, Steve Coll remarks that at McCain-Palin rallies "the mood has been not so much socialist as national-socialist." This…

  • Spreading the Wealth (II)

    Another thing on this subject - is opposition to wealth-spreading in principle really now a litmus test for being a conservative? I thought that…

  • My Good Opinion of Alec Baldwin ...

    ... has been vindicated yet again.(h/t: Ericka Anderson)Update: Just for the heck of it:

  • Is Libertarianism Discredited?

    So sayeth Jacob Weisberg: Sure, he allows, there were lots of contributing causes to the current meltdown, but "market fundamentalism" deserves the…

  • Sarah Palin and the VRWC

    This Jane Mayer piece promises the story of "how John McCain came to pick Sarah Palin," but it's remarkably short on inside information from the…

  • Palin And Her Critics/Apologists

    People keep pointing me to this Noam Scheiber piece on Sarah Palin's Alaskan past as conclusive proof that she's some horrifying combination of…

  • Spreading the Wealth

    For a week or so now, I've been listening to smart conservatives suggest that Obama's "spreading the wealth" remark might really, really hurt him -…

  • Congratulations, Tampa Bay Rays

    You earned it the hard way, you bastards. Good work, and welcome to the Show.

  • Is Joe The Plumber Fair Game?

    Jon Chait Cohn, on the media coverage of everybody's favorite everyman:... Running with thinly-sourced or unconfirmed allegations about…

  • What Is The Conservative Cocoon?

    Ach, okay, I'll wade back in to this debate one more time, because I think Mark Steyn has slightly mistaken the thrust of this post:One of the things…

  • The Glory of Their Times

    Roger Angell, the greatest (and perhaps the oldest) baseball writer of them all, turns to blogging:Boston's comeback is the second-best October…


Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.


Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air