Overpaid Newspaper Columnists

Richard Cohen is very upset about generous compensation of public sector employees, but what about the generous compensation of newspaper columnists? Suppose the Washington Post had just sent out a tweet on Friday morning saying “we want 750 words by 5PM Saturday on why Scott Walker is right—the three best will be published on Monday.”

Do you think nobody would submit an offering? That the offerings would be of massively lower quality than Cohen’s op-ed? If anything, I think quality would go up since the submissions would tend to come from the best writers the conservative movement can muster on this subject rather than as a generalist doing a “this is the hot issue of the week” snoozer.