David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Mar. 27, 2018 1 min read

Despite the grave damage to my ego from her not mentioning or linking to my long piece on the subject, I recommend this from @onesarahjones on conundrum conservative writers post to mainstream outlets.  https://newrepublic.com/article/147667/conservative-columnist-conundrum 

"This isn’t an intellectual exercise, not really. It’s equivalent to a middle school boy snapping a female classmate’s bra strap." Precisely.

There is really no more pathetic specimen of human than the blustery white male who thinks being an asshole is brave & nonconformist.

For the record, here's my piece on the same subject, which draws more or less the same conclusion. If you want to represent contemporary conservative thought, you print a bunch of trolling-the-libs. That's what remains.  https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/15/17113176/new-york-times-opinion-page-conservatism 

And here, @JHWeissmann also addresses the Williamson hire, in a column that is also good in most ways save its failure to link to me:  https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/03/the-atlantics-bad-reasons-for-hiring-kevin-williamson.html 

Despite what @JeffreyGoldberg & others seem to think, Never Trumpers are really not *that* interesting. Nor do they have any power or sway w/in the conservative coalition. All they are is a totem that some conservatives cling to as evidence that All Is Not Lost. But all is.

This classic from @amandataub also seems relevant today:  https://www.vox.com/2015/1/28/7930845/political-correctness-doesnt-exist 

I ask you to imagine the editor of a conservative mag - NR, say, or the Federalist - hiring a liberal columnist because their readers need exposure to intellectual diversity. And not just a liberal columnist, but an *extreme* leftist who has, say, proposed executing rich ppl.

Imagine the editor of this conservative mag arguing that the leftist, despite some ill-advised, even repugnant views, deserves a "second chance" -- though the leftist has not renounced or apologized for a single thing.

I mean ... is there a more arid intellectual monocrop than right-wing media in the US today?


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