Ross Douthat

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

  • 2-0, 2-0, 2-0, 2-0

    What was that I said about the lousiness of wild-card era postseasons again? C'mon, Cubs and Brewers and White Sox and Angels ...Well, okay, maybe…

  • Judging The Dead, Who Can't Answer Them Back

    I stopped watching the first season of Mad Men before it ended, and keep meaning to pick it up again but haven't. But Michael Brendan Dougherty's…

  • The Missing $7,000

    Here's Joe Biden last night on the McCain health care plan:... do you know how John McCain pays for his $5,000 tax credit you're going to get, a…

  • The Message, Not The Messenger

    I think Jonathan Cohn is basically right about this:Let's stipulate that these instant polls are not the most accurate measures of public opinion.…

  • Real Estate and Inequality

    This paper's findings won't be surprising to any college graduate who's pondered buying a house in the greater D.C. area:A large literature has…

  • Palin-Biden!!!!!

    What, you want a take? You know I'm no good at assessing these things. Okay, fine: They both won, in the sense that they both did what they needed to…

  • The Palin Record: One More Look

    With the debate only a few hours away - and with it, Sarah Palin's last best chance to reverse her slide into Quayle-dom - it's worth re-focusing…

  • Palin and the "Gotchas"

    Larison (and various emailers) think I'm mis-using the term:When someone at a restaurant asked Palin a question about Pakistan that generated some…

  • The Struggles of Sarah Palin

    What's been interesting - in a watching-from-behind-your-hands sort of way, if you're a conservative who wishes her well - about Palin's interviews…

  • Hear No Evil, See No Evil

    Culture11 has an interesting debate between Conor Friedersdorf and Joe Carter on the question of whether Sarah Palin should be dropped (or recuse…

  • And Starring Ann Hathaway As Herself ...

    The long Vanity Fair piece on the rise and fall of Raffaello Follieri - a.k.a. Anne Hathaway's ex-beau - has me half-convinced that Follieri doesn't…

  • Groundhog Day

    The GOP’s future looks a lot like the Democratic Party’s past—the question is, which past?

  • Is Pornography Adultery?

    It may be closer than you think.

  • The Conservative Con?

    Tim Noah thinks he has our number:The central con of the political coalition assembled by Ronald Reagan and maintained by his successors was that…

  • Who Opposes the Bailout?

    Interesting stuff, summed up by Ambinder:Pew Research ... finds this week that public support has dropped; only 45% support a "government plan to…

  • Dispatches From The Culture War

    Steven Waldman has a lengthy and judicious take on Barack Obama and the born-alive controversy. And Mollie Ziegler Hemingway has a lengthy and…

  • McCain, the GOP and the Bailout

    As a counterpoint to my doomsaying yesterday, here's James Pethokoukis looking for an upside for John McCain and the GOP: So does yesterday's…

  • Why McCain Lost (The Debate, That Is)

    It feels somewhat irrelevant given how quickly economic events seem to be overtaking the campaign, but here's a quick final thought on last Friday's…

  • A Fourth Scenario

    Per Kristol: John McCain flies back to Washington and finds a way to get the bailout passed. The markets recover; the papers trumpet McCain's heroism…

  • Three Scenarios

    The best case: This is an example of America's democratic institutions reasserting themselves in the face of the attempt by a panicked technocratic…


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Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

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