Up until the George W. Bush era, if you were looking for a sensible left-of-center opinion, you went to the New Republic. But, somehow the election of 2000 seems to have pushed their editors — and many of their leading writers — over the edge.
Jonathan Chait joined the angry left in proclaiming his hatred for George W. Bush. And now another Jonathan who has, for some time, been showing similar signs of an affinity with the doctrinaire critics of anything conservative posts a piece titled in his magazine’s e-mail (and on the web-site, but not the article itself), Are There Any Grown-Ups in the GOP Who Can Talk Sense About the Debt? Any At All?
Now, maybe he didn’t give the article this title and the editors in promoting it did. I mean, you click on that title on their web-page (or in the e-mail) and you get a piece with this title, “Lindsey Graham Joins the Loonies.”
And usually with Cohn, buried underneath his animus for small-government Republicans, are a few nuggets of wisdom. But, it used to be that when the editors of the magazine did a better job in cleaning up their pieces in order to craft more civil critiques of conservatism.
Perhaps, it’s just the standards of the new media 0r the ethos of the left which has lead to the decline of this once great bastion of liberal thought.