Monday, December 9, 2013

Shorter Ross Douthat

Thus spake Mr. Douthat, whittled down to what he really means:

The Obamacare website is working better and by the time there are enough Republicans in office to repeal the law, it will have metastasized into a political liability for those who want to take it all back.

The only hope is convincing young people they should hate it.  After all, I hate it, and that has to count for something.

Someone sounds desperate.

3 barks and woofs on “Shorter Ross Douthat

  1. I’m finally reduced to asking you (or someone who knows): HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE THE NAME DOUTHAT? I keep wanting to say “Doubt That” sort of like Mrs. Doubtfire, but I’m certain that couldn’t be right.

    I await your prompt reply.

    • I’ve seen the progblogs refer to him as Ross Doubt-that, which is extremely appropriate (since he seems to be two parts Broder, one part Buckley, one part Dolan [Timothy, Cardinal] minus three parts the brainpower of each. Norquist seems more eloquent in comparison – and being less impressive than Mr. Poopyhead takes doing.) So it’s not surprising that you want to pronounce it that way.

      OTOH, he is a lot less unintelligible than Palin/Huckabee/Perkins/Robertson, and both less unintelligible and more original than Paul, which in Teahadist circles has to count for something.

  2. From Slate, March 12, 2009:

    The New York Times has tapped 29-year-old conservative Ross Douthat to succeed Bill Kristol as an op-ed columnist. Douthat, the co-author of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream, blogs and writes for the Atlantic and is an occasional Slate contributor. Douthat has offered some guidance on his blog on how to pronounce his name. In case the phonetic spelling still leaves you confused, Slate asked Douthat to settle the score on tape.

    Name: Ross Douthat
    Title: Soon-to-be New York Times columnist
    Last Name Pronounced: “DOW-thut”

    Google is your friend.

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