Ross Douthat

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

  • Fear and Liberty

    Larison on the bailout:People have been cajoled into submission through fear and intimidation, and above all by the threat that life might become…

  • An Election About Nothing (II)

    Eve Fairbanks, on the debate:McCain and Obama are two of the most exceptional political figures of their generations, so expansive in their own…

  • It Is Designed To Break Your Heart

    Last year, the New York Mets lost to the Florida Marlins at Shea Stadium on the final day of the season and missed the playoffs by one game. 365 days…

  • If Obama Won ...

    ... with undecideds, I think Nate Silver's explanation makes the most sense:My other annoyance with the punditry is that they seem to weight all…

  • A Win For Obama?

    So says Mark Halperin, and so say some focus groups. Honestly, there's no reason to trust my impressions on these things at all: I remember being…

  • The Stronger Claim

    Ezra Klein got this right, I think:This is a pretty traditional debate performance for Obama. Strong on substance. Few mistakes. Little in the way of…

  • A Win For McCain

    That's my insta-verdict, at least. Obama had quite a few effective moments: On middle-class tax cuts, on health care, and on the original decision to…

  • Gravitas

    McCain is rambling a bit on foreign policy, but he seems immensely more Presidential than his rival at the moment. And the "I have a bracelet, too"…

  • Earmarks, Earmarks, Earmarks

    In case you didn't know, John McCain is against them. And against them. And against them.Here's Ramesh:A Republican strategist told me, "John McCain…

  • Breaking Sarah?

    Chris Orr has an interesting and semi-sympathetic take on Palin's CBS fiasco. Here are some excerpts:Put yourself in her shoes for a moment. She was…

  • Weird Al and Me

    My pre-teen years were spent at something of a remove from American popular culture (which may explain my somewhat unhealthy interest in celebrity…

  • Sarah The Unready (II)

    And now, an excerpt from my inner monologue, as transcribed while watching various clips from Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric (I can't link…

  • An Election About Something

    One the other hand, if John McCain is really planning to oppose and/or torpedo the bailout, instead of just trying to swoop in and claim credit for…

  • An Election About Nothing

    If you're wondering why I was writing about baseball yesterday instead of leaping into the debate over whether John McCain's decision to suspend his…

  • Damn Yankees

    A reader points out that while the Yankees outperformed their regular-season Pythagorean record during their golden age of 1996 to 2001, they…

  • The Last Night of the Yankees Dynasty

    According to Buster Olney, the dynasty's real "last night" came seven years ago, in October of 2001 - the night that Luis Gonzalez fisted a…

  • In The Future, All Movies Will Be Superhero Movies

    Peter Suderman wants Steven Spielberg to make a Superman movie. Moriarty at Aintitcoolnews wants the Coen brothers to make a Superman movie. I want…

  • Moby Die Hard

    Ah, the movie business: The writers revere Melville's original text, but their graphic novel-style version will change the structure. Gone is the…

  • The Wire and the Newspaper Industry

    I would, of course, second Yglesias' observation that The Wire's lack of award-show recognition, this year and every year before it, represents a…

  • A Note On The Economic Situation

    I'm refraining from commenting on what's obviously the most important story of the last week, and possibly the most important story of the next…

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