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ROSS DOUTHAT: On The Liberal Marriage Hypothesis: But when you look specifically at sex itself, …

ROSS DOUTHAT: On The Liberal Marriage Hypothesis: But when you look specifically at sex itself, at patterns of actual sexual activity and their link to marital happiness and longevity, direct evidence for a permissiveness premium is extremely hard to find. And for women, almost all the the data points sharply in the opposite direction. Notwithstanding […]

Chris Rock’s lesson for Ross Douthat: Why the right is so deluded about Ferguson

Conservative Ross Douthat says racial turmoil is both sides' fault. Here's what he can learn from Chris Rock

ROSS DOUTHAT: The Wendy Davis Experiment: Notes On An Entirely Foreseeable Debacle. But even th…

ROSS DOUTHAT: The Wendy Davis Experiment: Notes On An Entirely Foreseeable Debacle. But even that joke is part of the point: The Christine O’Donnell thing really did happen more or less by accident, because she happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch an anti-establishment wave and win a primary […]

ROSS DOUTHAT: The Evaporating Democrat Majority. “These results are an implicit rebuke to an entir…

ROSS DOUTHAT: The Evaporating Democrat Majority. “These results are an implicit rebuke to an entire “past is prologue” school of political analysis and strategy, which looks at existing trends and assumes that they can only continue, watches winning strategies and assumes they can be perpetually repeated, projects demographic patterns forward and then passes judgment on […]

Climate Change? An Issue for Losers

(Steven Hayward) Ross Douthat nails it in his NY Times blog post-mortem: And nobody, but nobody, cared how many millions liberal billionaires spent trying to make climate change an issue. Andrew Restuccia notes in Politico: For Tom Steyer...Show More Summary

ROSS DOUTHAT: How Obama Lost America. He would have lost it in 2012 if the press — see, e.g., Can…

ROSS DOUTHAT: How Obama Lost America. He would have lost it in 2012 if the press — see, e.g., Candy Crowley — hadn’t covered for him.

A Declaration Of War On Francis, Ctd

Ross has written a moving and eloquent response to my post and other critiques of his recent column. I urge you to read it – it has all the usual marks of Douthat’s extreme intelligence and nuanced reasoning, with more than a little humility thrown in. It reminds me once again how converts can sometimes […]

Mike's Blog Round Up

The Reality-Based Community: Shorter Ross Douthat. The Non Sequitur: Dred Scott and Godwin. All Things Democrat: Dear conservative working class voter… Hullabaloo: If you want an abusive daddy-in-chief for president… Messaging Matters: Why cats aren't Republican. This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

The culture war finally comes to the Catholic Church

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is no one's idea of a radical. In the five and a half years since joining the op-ed page of the paper, he's proven himself to be a thoughtful, measured, and nuanced social-conservative commentator on political and cultural events. Show More Summary

A Declaration Of War On Francis

So this is why it took Ross Douthat so long to utter an opinion about the recent Synod on Family Life in Rome. He was weighing whether to call for schism! For the record: for all my questioning and concern about the direction Benedict XVI was taking the church, I never wrote a column that […]

Sunday Evening Self-Indulgence: More Capital-C Catholic Than the Pope

If the only achievement of Pope Francis is to get Ross Douthat to leave the church, this will rank as a great papacy. — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 26, 2014 Seriously, Ross Douthat is about 3 months away from joining the crazy breakaway Catholic cult Mel Gibson's dad belongs to. — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

Could We Please Have Better New York Times Columnists?: Historical Lack-of-Literacy Ediiton

Could we please have better New York Times columnists? Ross Douthat: [The Pope and the Precipice](http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/opinion/sunday/ross-douthat-the-pope-and-the-precipice.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytopinion): "On communion for the remarried... Show More Summary

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Holy Papal Concern Troll Edition

2 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Most of the time, I try to get what I view as the most important story of the day at the top of the APR charts. But sometimes... you just have to go with the most ridiculous. Ross Douthat, is very, very concerned for the pope. ... it...Show More Summary

"Why America Is Moving Slowly on Assisted Suicide."

Subtitle of a Ross Douthat column that contains bulky sentences like:The future of the assisted suicide debate may depend, in part, on whether Tippetts’s case for the worth of what can seem like pointless suffering can be made either...Show More Summary

What Counts As A Cult?

Ross Douthat wrote a recent column noticing how “the cult phenomenon feels increasingly antique, like lava lamps and bell bottoms.” Drawing on the thinking of religious historian Philip Jenkins and entrepreneur Peter Thiel, Douthat argues that the decline of cults “might actually be a worrying sign for Western culture, an indicator not only of religious […]

Ross Douthat Admires Lena Dunham for Being Such a Pathetic Harlot

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

What do people enjoy about Lena Dunham and her television program Girls? Is it Dunham's wry sensibility? Is it the way it offers another of popular culture's periodic windows on Contemporary Youth, under certain conditions of class and geography? Read more...

NYT Op-Ed Columnist Ross Douthat Declares His Love for Lena Dunham

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

BREAKING: New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat is just like every girl you know who just moved to Williamsburg and is trying to make it in this big bad city. Why? He positively LOOOOOOOOOOOVES Lena Dunham. Read more...

The "Times" Opinion Curse

by John Herrman A scene from June: On June 10, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Mark Thompson and Andrew Rosenthal, along with New York Times Op-Ed columnists Charles M. Blow, David Brooks, Frank Bruni, Roger Cohen, Gail Collins, Ross Douthat,...Show More Summary

The Decline of Cults and the Rise of Subcultures

3 months agoNews : Reason

Should we be worried about the decline of cults in American life? In The New York Times, Ross Douthat notes that both the media and the public have moved on, and now  " the cult phenomenon feels increasingly antique, like lava lamps and bell bottoms. Show More Summary

Weighing Out Mitt Romney

[guest post by Dana] So, Mitt Romney: will he or won’t he? He certainly remains popular, and admits he is “carefully weighing the pluses and minuses of another run.” Ross Douthat, while hoping Mitt doesn’t run, points out why he is back in the spotlight again: Part of the answer can be found in Henry […]

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