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Do those Slate dialogues leave you panting for more? Are you mad for opinion-mag weblogging, and the sight of liberal hawks debating conservative hawks? Then check out Opinion Duel, where The New Republic dukes it out with the National Review. Today's death-match: TNR's Jonathan Chait vs. NR's Ramesh Ponnuru. Excerpts:

CHAIT: I'm genuinely excited to be taking part in this project. I've long believed that our political discourse needs more places where liberals and conservatives can engage each other without merely preaching to the choir. We've found a perfect partner in the staff of National Review ? by far the smartest, most honest, best-written conservative magazine published today. (Trust me, that's not just a sop–my colleagues can attest I've been saying that around the office for a while.) [?]

PONNURU: Thanks for the kind words. I suppose I will now have to reciprocate by saying that The New Republic is the smartest and most interesting liberal magazine in America and that you are one of its best writers. But since these compliments are true, I don't mind delivering them.

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  1. Keep reading and things start to get a little more substantial.

  2. Not sure what to make of this post. It’s always a mistake to take them too seriously, but come on. These are opening pleasantries.

    If the point is to question the usefulness of having liberal hawks debate conservative hawks, I’ll raise you one. TNR ain’t that liberal. More accurately, I’d say the debate is between Republican (neo)conservatives and Democratic neoconservatives. The Republican TNR is still pretty ideological and half paleo – dinosaurs and race baiters like Derbyshire. The other TNR is far less ideological, far more practical (a libertarian’s least favorite characteristic).

    Sadly for the people here, this is the vital center where decisions are actually made and actual, real-life policies are actually hammered out.

    I’m sure it would be entertaining to hear Matt debate a LaRouchie or commie, but I doubt that would ever have any meaningful impact.

  3. Slippery Pete — I’m just funnin’. And pointing out a new website.

  4. Matt – got it. I’d still like to hear you debate a commie, though.

  5. I can’t wait for the first “Ramesh, you ignorant slut!” in this debate.

  6. My newspaper in Prague once defeated a commie spy in court, which was pretty exciting.

  7. Nice day.
    Think I’ll get some sun.

  8. Well, let’s not start sucking each other’s dicks quite yet…

  9. There’s certainly some Wolfian mutual fellation going on, it’s true, but I did like reading the Slate series between Fareed Zakaria and Eric Alterman. (I think I’ve got that right.)

  10. I reads pretty weak so far.

    I hope these two can do better!

  11. now that’s some hot boy on boy action.

  12. Excellent site. Can’t wait to see how it plays out.

  13. The New Republic hasn’t been a liberal magazine since the 70s.

    If I wanted to see a righty and a centrist agree that those liberals sure are crazy, I’d watch CNN, ABC, NBC, or PBS.

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