Michael Barone wins the Bradley Prize
The annual awards given out by the Lynde and Harry Bradley foundation, a stamp of approval for conservative intellectuals, are going this year to Washington Examiner columnist Michael Barone, Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, former Federal Election Commission member Bradley Smith, and Hoover Institution fellow John Taylor. Washington Post columnists Charles Krauthammer and George F. Will were on the selection committee, and they produced an honoree list that mostly avoids the criticism I hear every year about this award: that the substantial cash prize ($250,000) is going to people who aren't going to apply it to new endeavors.
Fans of Barone, the political writer and editor of the Almanac of American Politics, shouldn't be surprised to see him take a place in the conservative firmament. Increased pessimism about Democratic chances and increased belief in the power of conservative ideas have been hallmarks of his work for many years now. This just makes his evolution as a conservative pundit a bit more official -- and, of course, lucrative.