Ross Douthat Replaces Bill Kristol as New York Times Columnist

I’d say congratulations are in order to Ross Douthat, the new hire at The New York Times. Dumping Bill Kristol in favor of Ross is a very smart move—probably the smartest one (Virginia Postrel?) the Times could have made—and will generate a conservative column that progressives will have reason to read and take seriously.

On a personal note, I’m pretty sure that when I was talking to Ross about leaving The Atlantic I specifically told him that the Times wasn’t going to have an op-ed page by the time they got around to giving guys our age columns, so there was no sense in him clutching to his idle legacy media dreams.