Ross Douthat

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

  • What Should McCain Do?

    Okay, smart guy, you might say: If the Ayers-related attacks on Obama have limited utility, and attacking bad guys in Washington and Wall Street…

  • The Limits of McCainism

    Patrick Ruffini on the debate:To me one thing stood out. John McCain's maverickness is not gone. McCain doesn't need to return to his old maverick…

  • Home Economics

    I can't believe Yglesias beat me to excerpting this snippet from George Packer's much-praised essay on the working class:"These days, you have to…

  • The Unplayed Card

    Andy McCarthy isn't pleased:... as the night went along, did you get the impression that Obama comes from the radical Left?  Did you sense that he…

  • Insta-punditry

    I'd call tonight's debate a draw, which if the dynamic from the first debate holds probably means it was a big win for Obama. I was gratified by the…

  • The Ayers Dead End

    David Frum is thinking along the same lines as yours truly:My pals over at the Corner are very excited by the last-minute attempt to transform Bill…

  • Palin's Future (Or Lack Thereof)

    Chris Orr lays down twenty bucks that Sarah Palin's future trajectory won't resemble anything like the optimistic scenario I sketched out here. I'd…

  • McCain's Last Month (II)

    Jay Cost makes the strongest possible case for campaigning on Ayers, Wright et. al. in the waning weeks of the election. He thinks that an…

  • Blue America

    Here's hoping you like the new design around these parts. The first issue of the redesigned and revamped magazine will be out within a week, and if…

  • Bet On America

    Past results don't predict future earnings and all that, but if you need a pick-me-up today, Will Wilkinson and Jim Manzi both should make you feel a…

  • McCain's Last Month

    Allahpundit gets it:What's the way out? An Ayers/Wright offensive simply isn't going to hack it; even I can't be bothered with it today between…

  • From Willie Horton To William Ayers

    Let's watch some vicious right-wing attack ads: Okay, what was that ad about? "White racism!" cry the liberals. But table that argument for a…

  • The William Ayers He Knows

    Discerning blog readers are probably aware that one of the biggest difficulties with the medium is that as far as the size of your traffic goes - and…

  • The Drama Factor

    I think this emailer's case for the seven-game series is stronger than my vague theories about what feels fair or just to the losing team's…

  • Both/And

    In the spirit of this blog post from Megan (which may be my favorite of the entire economic crisis), here are two readings for the day. For the first…

  • Waiting For The Barbarians

    For some reason, while reading this slice of a New York interview with Woody Allen ...NY: Do you have a theory about why the culture keeps getting…

  • Line Of The Day

    Dave Weigel on David Zucker's American Carol, and the difficulties involved in making a slapstick comedy that doesn't mock authority, but reveres…

  • The Cubs, The Cubs

    When I remarked that I would vastly prefer to have the division series round of MLB's postseason go seven games, because the current best-of-five…

  • Palin's Appeal

    Yglesias thinks it's all in (male) right-wing pundits' heads:Now the simple fact of the matter is that Palin is an unpopular figure. There's no sense…

  • Palin in 2012?

    Chris Cillizza gets way ahead of himself:... judging from the polls, Palin's image to the average American is as a likable Republican who probably…

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