Monday, June 29, 2009

Watch your back, Douthat

Ross Douthat today engages in sociological observation of the meritocratic elite in such a way as to infringe on turf claimed by David Brooks. (Via Memeorandum.)

There's nothing really wrong with this particular Douthat column, if op-ed social criticism is what you're looking for. But that's some mighty pricey editorial real estate to be occupied by a latter-day Veblen cleverly commenting on what he sees on TV and reads in magazines when there's so much important news to be reported.

A simple request, Ross: Call up Joe Lieberman's press secretary Erica Masonhall and ask her when Lieberman plans to start holding hearings about Obama's war on inspectors general. Maybe she'll return a call from a Harvard-educated New York Times columnist. She sure as hell didn't return mine.

Leave the Veblen trip to Brooks. Even the New York Times can't afford to support every pompous op-ed windbag in Washington. You start crowding Brooks, and I'm betting he wins that competition. If he outlasted Kristol, he'll outlast you.

Now, somebody needs to hit my tip jar.


  1. Your posts on Ross Douthat ooze with pseudo-intellectual bravado and not-too-suppressed feelings of inferiority. Needless to say, they are quite fun to watch. Like a madman running around towards a cliff.

  2. Me? I like pseudo-intellectual bravado. It sure beats pseudo-intellectual cowardice like posting anonymously.