It’s certainly an interesting development that Josh Marshall’s decided to break with his previous practice and hire well-established MSM veteran Matt Cooper to head up his new TPM DC bureau and blog rather than the usually crew of scrappy underdogs. I’d count myself as pretty skeptical about this development, but I’m not really comfortable questioning Josh’s judgment on these sorts of things.
I worked on a very part-time basis for TPM Media in what I guess you’d call its larval stage and even though I was—and am—a huge fan of Josh’s writing, I didn’t think the more ambitious projects he had in mind were really workable. Obviously I was dead wrong about that and Josh and the people he hired went on to build one of the most amazing new institutions of our time. So we’ll see.