NYT names anti-choice Ross Douthat to replace Bill Kristol
If preliminary online chatter is any indication, the emerging consensus among liberal dude commentators is that Douthat was a good choice because he's a smart guy who's generally reasonable, at least by conservative standards. (The soft bigotry of low expectations strikes again.)
Agreed that Douthat is well to the left of most self-styled conservatives when it comes to economic issues. For example, he supports more generous social programs to help traditional nuclear families. When it comes to reproductive rights, however, Douthat's right at home on the patriarchal fringe.
Douthat claims to abhor abortion. If you take him at his word, an abortion is murder. Yet he stops short of backing enhanced access to contraception and sex ed, which he admits would reduce the number of abortions. Why? Because he thinks abortion would first have to be illegal in order to convince people (read: "poor, dumb, slutty women") that unplanned pregnancies are shameful enough to be worth preventing.