Mickey Kaus has a grand time smacking TimesSelect around. I think he's right. It will be remembered as this decade's version of New Coke.
Meanwhile, Donald Luskin proposes a crazy--but interesting--theory behind TimesSelect:
But maybe there’s a reason beyond mere money. Maybe the Times has decided that it needs to call a halt to the way its mostly Leftist columnists are regularly chewed up and spit out by conservatives in the increasingly influential blogosphere. According to E&P, “Gail Collins says that everyone involved in this decision understands that there ... will be fewer mentions and links in the blogosphere.”