Friday, May 6, 2016

Why Does Ross Douthat Still Have A Job?

Gawker wonders:

The demises of Ted Cruz and John Kasich’s primary campaigns almost certainly assure, in the absence of some intervening event or act of God, that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for President. More importantly, they present the opportunity to recall which political commentators insisted that Trump could never, ever be the nominee. Dozens and dozens (and dozens) of people got Trump’s chances wrong, but if you were to identify the wrongest commentator, you would be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than New York Times’ columnist and National Review film critic Ross Douthat.

Therein follows a collection of tweets and columns where he blithely predicts over and over again that Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee to the point that it sounds less like actual political analysis and more like wishful whistling past the graveyard.

As Booman points out, the New York Times has already been through enough in recent years at the hands of their prognosticating journalists and war-whoopers such as Judith Miller; they don’t need to have one more embarrassment filling the right side of the op-ed page.  That’s what David Brooks is for.