You just can’t make this stuff up.
Faux conservative/twerp vérité Ross Douthat, whose collection of contemporary porn from the last 60 years is one of his own favorite column topics, is the subject of a lengthy profile today by Michael Calderone at Politico in celebration of Douthat’s replacing Bill Kristol as the token conservative on the op-ed pages of the New York Times.
The main credential recommending Douthat appears to be his unremitting fault-finding and attacks on conservatives and Republicans while stoutly insisting that he is not either a liberal, not no how, not no way.
As they say in Yorkshire: I’ll believe him. Thousands wouldn’t.
Anyhoo, here’s how Calderone concluded his Douthat hagiography:
“I think they’ll [the New York Times] benefit from having another conservative — a social conservative,” said Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, the conservative magazine where Douthat once interned and which still publishes his movie reviews.
Lowry said he considers The Washington Post’s op-ed page to be more diverse politically than that of the Times, and he deemed it “strange, to say the least,” that there wasn’t already a writer with Douthat’s perspective “represented in the country’s most important newspaper.”
“For me,” Lowry continued, “it will fill an important hole.”
Is it just me, or is that TMI?
P.S. Robert Stacy McCain — who is keeping his Lenten vow — you’re welcome.