Packer offers some good advice to Ross:

A Times column used to carry huge influence, and on occasion it still can, but it can also dull the sharpest blades, and as Kristol showed, it can be very hard on a sub-mediocre effort. Douthat will bring youth, intelligence, and an important conservative point of view. My one piece of unsolicited advice: talk regularly to people who don’t read blogs (like this one).

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