Is Ross Douthat Kidding?

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When I saw Ross' New York Times op-ed headline, More Babies Please, I thought the former Fox News host John Gibson was subbing for him because the idea was exactly Gibson's point only in a much more racist context.

John Gibson urged viewers to "[d]o your duty. Make more babies," because he had found out, from a recently released report, that nearly half of all children under the age of five in the United States are minorities. Gibson added: "You know what that means? Twenty-five years and the majority of the population is Hispanic." Gibson later repeated: "To put it bluntly, we need more babies.".

I was at dinner with Digby and Howie last night and I told them that every time somebody complains that so-and-so should be kicked off CNN or MSNBC because they are a rabidly insane conservative, I usually ask who would you replace them with? There's a pause and then the realization that you'd have to send in just another crackpot. I can count on one hand how many moderate conservatives are left who are interested in telling some truths.

See, I don't believe that many conservative pundits are married to the climate denying, knuckle-dragging, pro-rape, anti-evolution positions that they support on TV. It's just that they either get elected or make tremendous amounts of money saying these things. After a while it's hard for them to discern truth from lies. Case in point---the NY Times' Ross Douthat. Check this out:

America’s demographic edge has a variety of sources: our famous religiosity, our vast interior and wide-open spaces (and the four-bedroom detached houses they make possible), our willingness to welcome immigrants (who tend to have higher birthrates than the native-born).

Douthat knows exactly how insanely anti-immigrant the GOP is, so I thought he was joking at first, but then I kept reading and realized he wasn't trying to make a funny. He just lives in a conservative world that's so full of lies he might even believe those words about 63% of the time.


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