Really, this is Neddy’s beat. But: liberals have put out the welcome mat for Ross Douthat, new columnist at the NYT, partly because he’s closer to reg’lar conservatives than, say, William Kristol was. Well exactly: just look at the launch party for Douthat’s book (critiquing the insular culture of Harvard) hosted by Elbridge Colby. Finally, our people will have a voice on the Times op-ed page.