"Scholars, policy professionals, and journalists respect him, as do a handful of fellow wonks in the West Wing. “His voice matters a lot,” says a White House official. “The president talks to Ezra.” “I’ll put it this way,” says Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, “when I’m trying to get a quick handle on some currently hot policy, on the facts and the numbers, I very often find that I’m going to Ezra’s blog."
This is the part about Ezra Klein that I think people willfully ignore (and which this article doesn’t pay enough mind to): He’s good at what he does. That’s what has made him successful. He’s not baiting people or scooping people or posting snark or pandering. He simply knows what he’s talking about and conveys his thoughts in a readable, compelling way.
I jumped on his bandwagon in 2008 when I was working on health care policy and he was consistently the only sane voice in the room. I regularly went to his blog for clear-headed analysis of the policy options. He’s just…smart. The fact that he parlayed his blog work into a sort of old/new media empire is just more evidence to that fact.