It was only a matter of time before we'd be able to utter these words: The R.J. Moeller Show welcomes a New York Times columnist to the show this week. That day has arrived, and we are excited to offer up - for your listening pleasure - our interview with Ross Douthat!
Mr. Douthat joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009. Previously, he was a senior editor at the Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. His most recent book is Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Free Press, 2012). He is also the author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005) and the co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (2008). He is the film critic for National Review. A native of New Haven, Conn., he now lives in Washington, D.C with his wife and son.
We chatted with Ross about his affinity for G.K. Chesterton, what it's like to be a conservative who is so closely associated with a place like Harvard and a newspaper like The Times, and what his newest book Bad Religion is all about. Follow him on Twitter at @douthatnyt!
After bidding adieu to Ross, R.J. brings in our favorite reporter - Caroline May of TheDailyCaller.com - for her bi-weekly "Stories You May Have Missed, But Probably Shouldn't" segment where we cover a few headlines that might have slipped through the cracks of your busy week. Adam Carolla is in hot water for saying men are funnier than women, Laura Bush has angry feminists hot on her trail, and Barack Obama's campaign wants your wedding presents.
Follow Caroline on Twitter at @c_maydc!
I came across this story on RealClearPolitics.com today:
Bashir and Blow (real last names of these guys) are agreeing that to require a photo ID to vote might give the election to Mitt Romney (something they don't want to happen) simply because having to go get an ID would cause so many Obama voters to give up on voting.
Just let that statement sink in for a moment...
Then chew on this: Bashir and Blow feel that THEY are the compassionate ones in this situation. The guys who are saying that minorities are so lazy and/or stupid that they can't get an ID to vote are somehow the ones "looking out for the little guy."
Where else in life would such condescension be considered a good, moral thing?
At a certain point you have to ask yourself if certain progressive liberals (like these two) aren't more worried about Obama winning the election than actually helping people in poor neighborhoods whose lives are in such shambles - whose lives contain such little accountability and inspiration - that they can't be expected by the same government that issues them entitlements/welfare/medicaid to get an ID to participate in representative democracy.
I honestly wish I didn't have to oppose liberal Democrats so vehemently. I wish we were closer on an issue like this. We SHOULD be closer on an issue like this