Should Kristol be out at the NYT Op-Ed? Who then Should Take His Place?
A rather interesting post by Steve Gordon at the Liberty Papers.
He links to an article from The Next Right where Patrick Ruffini calls for Rush Limbaugh to replace Bill Kristol as a token conservative on the NYT Op-Ed page.
I personally don't think that such a move would make too much difference. They strike as coming from the place and I don't particularly care for it. However, at the same time, I hardly feel I have any room to talk since I'm not "of the right" as it is commonly understood.
Gordon seems to agree. In fact, he says the idea of Rush being the voice to counter Obama and the Modern Left "scares the hell out him".
Well, that's all fine and good. I can empathize with kindred spirit at the Liberty Papers on that but the fact remains that this "Right" is not "OUR Right"...if the term "Right" even applies. I personally don't think of myself as "of the Right" nor do I like the term but I guess, in the modern context, we are indeed "of the Right" in many respects...much to my displeasure.
In an competing article at The Next Right, Jim Henke rebuts by speaking more for my voice and those of many from my POV. After all, on website called "The Next Right", I find the nomination of Limbaugh to be simply a passing of the baton to someone else of the "Same Ol' Right".
I think Rush Limbaugh would be a horrifying choice for many of the same reasons he didn't work out as a football commentator.
There are many better options for the New York Times.
He goes to name the sharp, young, high profile libertarians who break the mold of the Ol' Limbaugh/Hannity/Kristol/Red State Right like Will Wilkinson , Julian Sanchez and Megan McArdle ....people whose blogs I happen to read almost everyday. Our Old friend Josh Trevino even got a mention.
The one problem with these choices, a part from Josh, is that they are not partisans...heck...they are not even Republicans! But they could nonetheless be a "A Next Right" and help broaden the tent...or even change the idea of what it means to be a Republican. For now, they are not. But the idea is for all this to change. So, I think it's a great way to start.
Gordon goes to give some brief comments on each writer mentioned along with some others that I did not mention.
Personally, I'm a little biased toward Will But also think Megan and Julian and great young minds with a lot to offer. They would certainly jar the idea of what it means to be "Right" and may even piss off a lot of conservatives along the way. But that's cool with me.
A common theme with the people mentioned...besides being libertarians...is that they are as far away from being neo-conservatives as one can possibly be....even more so in many respects than some the liberals on America's most read Op-Ed page.
If the Times is interested allowing the paradigm to take a serious shift away from the status quo's in the Project for a New American Century and the not-so-progressive Progressive Policy Institute, any of these writers would help immensely in that respect.