Nepotism and the Neocons

Andrew states the obvious. David Frum steps up to the plate to deny that Norm Podhoretz and Irving Kristol have had anything to do with their sons' success. Matt Duss fires back reiterating the obvious.

The dynamic here is in part the result of punditry's isolation from market forces. J-Pod has spent essentially his entire career working for ideology-and-patronage driven branches of the media -- The Washington Times, The New York Post opinion pages, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, and now Commentary -- rather than the profit-maximizing ones. There's nothing wrong with that (I have too!) but it creates a situation where having a famous and well-networked dad is even more useful than it is in the more capitalistic sectors of the economy.