02/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Essential 'Cooper vs. Plumber' Analysis

This is pretty much ace stuff from Steve Benen:

The Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb, who used to also blog for the McCain campaign, recently complained that the right lacked an "equivalent outlet" to offer TPM-like reporting. To revive the Republican Party, Goldfarb said, conservatives will need "the kind of online infrastructure the Democrats now have in place."

Responding to this, Matt Yglesias explained, "The issue ... isn't that the right doesn't have an outlet equivalent to TPM or other progressive sites. There are tons and tons of conservative media outlets, most of them with a web presence.... What the right lacks are people with the skill to do the job."

To that end, two major new media outlets have each made a major hire in recent weeks.

* TPM Media hired Matt Cooper, a 20-year veteran of political journalism and former White House correspondent for Time, to be a Washington correspondent.

* Pajamas Media hired Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, an unemployed, unlicensed plumber, to be a war correspondent in Israel.

Couldn't have said this better. I'd only add that at this point, I'd probably trust Cooper more to snake my drains, too.