ISO: Smart, Opinionated, Bradley Life Partner

200603.jpgGabe Sherman in the New York Observer this week writes about the tough time that David Bradley is having with his search for an Atlantic editor. The first issue of the now-Washington-based publication has rolled off the presses (and staffers have the baseball hats to prove it), but they’re still lacking a masthead.

“Mr. Bradley has a history of deferring top-of-the-masthead moves. Officially, The Atlantic hasn’t had an editor in chief since Michael Kelly left the post in September 2002. [Cullen Murphy], the managing editor, took on Mr. Kelly’s duties without being granted the accompanying title. Now that pattern has repeated itself. Mr. Murphy has been succeeded as managing editor by Atlantic veteran Scott Stossel, 36, who is overseeing the day-to-day operations,” Sherman writes.

So far names bandied about include Fareed Zakaria, Peter Beinart, David Brooks, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham, and Michael Kinsley, although he’s now considered out of the running.