Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Tao of Rich

This great Slate piece dissects the evolution of Times critic/columnist Frank Rich and hits on a feeling I've had ever since they moved him back to the op-ed pages. He lost his sense of fun. I used to look forward to reading his columns, when he played the "snarky, channel-surfing sociologist" but now his screeds are just dull, no matter how much you might agree with their arguments. I once heard some conservative pundit mention to a young acolyte how it was important to convey the sense of fun and satisfaction that could come from supporting conservative ideals in order to win people over. Perhaps Rich should remember that the same can be true for the liberal perspective, even when it seems the other side is running the country.

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