Jonathan Chait () is an American liberal pundit and writer for ''New York
'' magazine. He was previously a senior editor at ''The New Republic
'' and an assistant editor of ''The American Prospect
''. He writes a periodic column in the ''Los Angeles Times
Chait began working at ''The New Republic'' in 1995. In January 2010, ''The New Republic'' replaced The Plank, TNR's group blog, with the Jonathan Chait Blog. His writing has also appeared in ''The New York Times
'', ''The Wall Street Journal
'', and ''Reason
''. He took over ''The New Republic's'' TRB column from Peter Beinart
in March 2007. Chait was named a finalist for the 2009 Ellie (National Magazine Award) in the Columns and Commentary category for three of his 2008 columns.
On March 16, 2009, Chait appeared on Comedy Central's ''The Colbert Report
'' to counter conservative arguments that the New Deal
was a failure. The impetus for that appearance was an article that he wrote for ''The New Republic'', "Wasting Away in Hooverville".
Chait appears in ''The Rivalry'', a 2007 HBO
documentary about the history and culture of the Michigan-Ohio State football rivalry. Chait joined the staff of ''New York
'' magazine on September 6, 2011, leaving his post as senior editor of ''The New Republic''. He explained his move: "Obviously, I love ''TNR'' and had no plans to leave, but the opportunity at ''New York'' was irresistible. Everybody who works there raves about it, and my friends in journalism have noticed for a while it's become phenomenal — 'the best magazine in America', as one editor friend of mine told me."
Chait usually writes about domestic politics and policy. Many of his writings are critiques of what he perceives to be illogical conservative positions. A self-described liberal hawk
, he has written pieces critical of left-wing figures such as Naomi Klein
and wrote a ''New Republic'' cover article condemning Delaware
's tax haven
Chait was an initial supporter of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq
. He later drew considerable attention with his "Case for Bush Hatred," in which he defended his dislike not only of Bush's policies but also his personality and mannerisms.
Chait occasionally writes about sports, particularly stories involving his alma mater, the University of Michigan
, where he was a columnist for The Michigan Daily
. He strongly criticized the editorial staff of ''The Detroit Free Press
'' after a controversial article by Michael Rosenberg that alleged systematic infractions of NCAA
rules by the Michigan football
program under former head coach Rich Rodriguez
. Chait suggested Rosenberg's editor should "lose his job" and referred to the investigation's methodology as "journalistic malpractice."
On February 22, 2010, following an investigation stemming from allegations raised in Rosenberg's article, the university announced that the NCAA has found probable cause
that the school committed five major violations, corroborating some of the allegations in Rosenberg's article. On May 24, 2010, the University of Michigan
responded to the NCAA Notice of Allegations, stating in part, "the University is satisfied that the initial media reports were greatly exaggerated if not flatly incorrect." Chait then claimed Rosenberg's allegations that Rodriguez "operated a football sweatshop has been totally debunked."
On September 26, 2011, Chait, while admitting he had not read Gilad Atzmon
's book ''The Wandering Who'', in order to assess the context of a number of quotes, responded to John Mearsheimer
's comment about Atzmon's book by citing passages which he regarded as characteristically anti-semitic
. On January 27, 2015, Chait wrote an article for ''New York
'' magazine on political correctness
, which he labeled "a system of left-wing ideological repression" and cited examples from academia and social media.
Chait's piece drew parallels between forms of political correctness popular in the 2010s with those popular in the 1990s. However, he also argued that the advent of social media had contributed to a form of political correctness that was more ubiquitous and less constrained to academia.
In February 2016, Chait wrote a piece for ''New York'' magazine titled "Liberals Should Support a Trump Republican Nomination," in which he predicted that a Trump presidency would develop similarly to the governorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger
in California (who, like Trump, was a celebrity who became a Republican politician without any public service experience). In 2019, ''The Outline''
selected this piece as one of the "worst takes of the 2010s", opining that "Chait's immensely confident take ..
is a humiliating crystallization of the wrongheaded thinking that propelled rump
to the White House."
Chait has written extensively in support of charter schools
. On January 14, 2019, he accused Senator Elizabeth Warren
of selling out to "powerful interests" for her opposition to an initiative which would have expanded the number of charter schools in Massachusetts
. Chait has been criticized for often failing to disclose his wife's career in charter school advocacy.
Chait was highly critical of 2020 Democratic
presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
, arguing that Sanders would have been "an extremely, perhaps uniquely, risky nominee" whose "vulnerabilities ere
enormous and untested." Chait also negatively compared Sanders to 1964 Republican
presidential candidate Barry Goldwater
Chait is married to Robin Chait, an analyst and pro-charter school advocate. Chait is Jewish
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