NYT On Neo-Nepotism And JPod

The New York Times has an interesting article on Jpod taking over as editor of Commentary, cleverly tying it to the 2003 book by Adam Bellow, In Praise of Nepotism:

New Commentary Editor Denies Neo-Nepotism

The new appointment puts three generations of Podhoretzes at the magazine, with Norman holding the title of editor at large and his grandson Sam Munson as online editor. Of course, the ancestral streak is not exactly surprising. The Podhoretz, Kagan (Fred, Donald, Robert and Kimberly) and Kristol clans have dominated the movement for 40 years.

“There’s a family business aspect to the neoconservative enterprise,” said Mr. Bellow, whose book “In Praise of Nepotism” was published in 2003. Such kinship ties are part of “a very broad phenomenon across American society; it’s not really right to single out neoconservatives.”

(Here`s my review-essay on Bellow`s “In Praise of Nepotism” in The National Interest.)

The NYT reporter had asked me:

“How is he [JPod] thought of in conservative circles?”

I replied:

Among conservative intellectuals, John Podhoretz is widely considered proof of the statistical tendency toward regression beneath the mean. The only reason he has a career is because he is, as they say in Little Italy, connected.

As blogger Larry Auster has been pointing out, only one of his many colleagues at National Review Online`s group blog, The Corner, has congratulated him on his ascension. On Tuesday morning, Kathryn Jean Lopez (“K-Lo”) offered this minimalist salute:

Congrats Are in Order [Kathryn Jean Lopez]