It's an interesting day for the New York Times Editorial Board. While it has been stumbling around the last couple of years trying to find its feet as conservatism collapsed and it was faced with a Democratic president aping Republican policies they'd been volubly against for years, it found itself sinking into a mire of irrelevance and confusion, becoming more often a local scold than the national conscience it was during Bush's first term and half of his second.
Lately there has been some attempt to regain its old stature. Unfortunately, that attempt has too often consisted of following behind blogs in opining about the previous days' events. Read it in firedoglake on Monday, TPM on Tuesday, and on the NYT ed page Wednesday, pretty much. Today they broke the mold a little by introducing a couple of important topics that haven't been heavy blog topics and have in fact been largely ignored by everybody, blogosphere and mass media alike. Neither of the issues is new and neither editorial has much of anything new to say about them, but both are important and the fact that the NYT is raising them at all might help bring them back into prominence, at least for a little while.