The New York Times has announced that Ross Douthat of The Atlantic will be filling the void left on their op-ed page by the departure of William Kristol.
His writing steers away from partisanship — he frequently criticizes Republicans — or doctrine, showing a concern for income inequality that is usually the terrain of more liberal writers. On abortion, he said in an interview, “I’m sort of a squishy pro-lifer,” interested in finding areas of compromise. He initially favored the war in Iraq, but later opposed it.
I’ve read Mr. Douthat’s writings and while I may differ from his opinions, he is a thoughtful and reasonable defender of his beliefs. Compared to the blatantly — and often laughable — partisan hackery of his predecessor, Mr. Douthat is a welcome change, and I wish him a long and happy tenure at his new post.