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The Washington Post Still Has No Idea If Dave Weigel Is Conservative

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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The Washington Post was especially confused when the paper had Dave Weigel manning their conservative political coverage. So much so, they were shocked when he turned up on Ezra Klein‘s liberal listserv trashing conservatives that repulsed him like Matt Drudge. (Weigel wrote that Drudge should “handle his emotional problems more responsibly and set himself on fire.”)

Oh the outrage!

At the time, even Washington Post editors were wondering if it was such a good idea to have someone who may not be conservative blogging about conservatives. Or, for that matter, having someone with such dripping disdain for conservatives covering conservatives. So they ditched him and hired Jennifer Rubin and eventually lured in National Review‘s Robert Costa to get the job done.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post is apparently still baffled by Weigel’s political leanings. (If they don’t know, he’s now with Bloomberg Politics.) A story by Terence McCoy about American culture wars as it relates to “American Sniper” labels him as “conservative.” McCoy’s beat is foreign affairs.

Weigel ran the excerpt about himself, adding, “smdh,” as defined by Urban Dictionary as “shaking my damn head.”