About a year ago I wrote a thing about Will Saletan in which I said that, to me, Will Saletan...
...is the op-ed columnist version of the Kitty Kuspidor. I know he is human person that I've been subliminally aware of, off and on, for some period of time. I know he writes opinion pieces for Slate because Wikipedia tells me so. And I know he occasional brings the fact that he works at Slate to a wider audience than the editors at Slate by writing something goofy or "controversial" that draw some attention from he outside world.Such as this codswallop --The Enemy Isn’t Republicans. It’s Liars.The case for a broad, fact-based alliance against fabrications.-- which immediately set off alarms by violating one of my most reliably battle-tested rules: when someone tells you it's not about Left or Right, tuck your money in your sock and run the other way.
I also took the time to gently remind Mr. Saletan that...
We already have a broad, fact-based alliance against fabrications. It's called the Democratic Party and (frequently to my chagrin) anybody can join! So thanks but no thanks, we don't need a new clubhouse with people like you working the door.
After Mr. Saletan took his readers on a journey though his salad days --
Over the years, I’ve bounced around the political spectrum. I was liberal in Texas, more conservative in college, and now I’m somewhere in the middle.
What Trump has brought to the United States is ruthless, relentless, denialist propaganda at a scale we used to see only in dictatorships.
And when Mr. Saletan continued chumming the waters with big, gloppy dollops of Both Sides Do It --
Progressives and conservatives have always quarreled about what’s true. But to make those debates productive, and to correct our country’s mistakes—failed projects, naïve policies, bad wars—we need a common standard for judging truth. That standard can’t be the Bible or identity politics.
...supporting Sen. Mitt Romney, Rep. Liz Cheney, and other Republicans when they speak the truth. It means seriously engaging with fact-based journalism at the Dispatch, the Bulwark, National Review, and other publications in the center and on the right. It means distinguishing the sins of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush from the pathologies of Trump and Newt Gingrich.
Episode 522: "Will Saletan: We Need a Coalition for Truth"
So I reminded Mr. Saletan one more time that maybe, just maybe, what the tiny fraction of Republicans who are not completely fucked-in-the-head needed to do was join the broad, fact-based alliance against fabrications which already exists called the Democratic Party. Then I congratulated Mr. Saletan for winning a guest appearance on The Bulwark by flattering The Bulwark and writing a very Bulwark column.
Because that's how it's done, kids!
But little did I realize that this was not a one-and-done. That wedging himself onto the already-overcrowded Centrist/Both Siderist pundit lifeboat would pay off for Mr. Saletan long-term.
Sykes: Uh you... you... you are the national correspondent for Slate, but as they say on the social media, you have some personal news.
Saletan: Yes, I am coming to The Bulwark. I am coming to join The Bulwark, uh, Charlie Sykes, Sarah Longwell, Jonathan Last and the entire crew of, uh, folks who are trying to save democracy.
Sykes: So tell me about that. You have been with Slate for several years now. Um you're very, very well-known national political reporter. And you are joining the staff of The Bulwark this month. So why, other than the fact that we really, really, really wanted you and we... and we... and we have been pitching you and seducing you and cajoling you for months...
Saletan: Okay so I wrote an article in Slate almost exactly a year ago about how that we need a coalition that crosses party lines, that crosses ideological lines...
Remember kids, always dress for the job you want, not the job you have.