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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

David Shipley: Calling Rick Hills to the NYT?

Not sure how I missed this earlier, but I've just seen that William Kristol is stepping down from his somewhat short-lived perch at the NYT op-ed page. Here's the news story. This makes sense. Kristol wasn't terrible on the NYT page, but he was rarely the source of both true and surprising views that Brooks and Safire often are/were for the rightish side of the aisle.


So, David Shipley, as you and Andrew Rosenthal determine who should fill that slot, and assuming you want someone to provide some intellectual and political diversity to the page, let me offer a half-hearted nomination: Rick Hills. I'm clearly less selfish than Jeffrey Goldberg is vis-a-vis Ross Douthat, but that''s probably explained only by the fact that Douthat works nearby Goldberg; Rick's a couple thousand miles from me. (And witness Goldberg's willingness to throw Seth Lipsky into the flames!).

Picking Hills to be the new NYT columnist will introduce to the nation a voice that sparkles with insight and good humor, erudition and purportedly some degree of self-proclaimed anti-intellectualism...perfect for a columnist!

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Ah, that makes sense.

Posted by: the ghost of G.K. Chesterton | Feb 3, 2009 11:44:00 AM

Halfhearted only because it would mean that, if selected, he would likely leave Prawfs!

Posted by: Dan Markel | Jan 31, 2009 11:08:06 PM

True, but why is the nomination half-hearted?

I have high hopes and low expectations for the Times's pick for its next token conservative...

But Rick would great, and the Times could change its slogan to "All The News That's Fit to Print--Albeit in a Kind of Boring Way Until Recently"

Posted by: the ghost of G.K. Chesterton | Jan 30, 2009 6:36:50 PM

From Wonkette, my sole source for news these days: "Peter Wehner of America’s favorite blog, The Corner, soon will be either broke or a chickensh*t: 'Bill Kristol . . . is easily among the most intelligent, creative, and articulate conservative voices in America - a fact, upon which I would be willing to bet a large sum of money, is what troubled the Times.'
Well we’re willing to accept that bet! Count your assets, put a number on the table. Then we can call the Times to ask if they fired Bill Kristol because his perfection scared them."

Posted by: Meg | Jan 29, 2009 3:45:16 PM

From Wonkette, my sole source for news these days: "Peter Wehner of America’s favorite blog, The Corner, soon will be either broke or a chickensh*t: 'Bill Kristol . . . is easily among the most intelligent, creative, and articulate conservative voices in America - a fact, upon which I would be willing to bet a large sum of money, is what troubled the Times.'
Well we’re willing to accept that bet! Count your assets, put a number on the table. Then we can call the Times to ask if they fired Bill Kristol because his perfection scared them."

Posted by: Meg | Jan 29, 2009 3:42:48 PM

I think you are being generous with regard to Kristol's NYT efforts. I think Rick would be great.

Posted by: keitht | Jan 27, 2009 3:09:37 PM

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