Ben Smith endorses Seth Lipsky for Bill Kristol's slot. So do I. He could be the new Safire. Seth has the most interesting mind in journalism. He's conservative, of course, but mostly what he is is unpredictable, and the page could use some unpredictability.  Plus, he wears fedoras. The Times could definitely use someone who wears a fedora. My colleague at The Atlantic, Ross Douthat, is also said to be a contender for the conservative set-aside slot, but I'm not endorsing him mainly because I want him around here.
 

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