Andrew C (✔)
"Friedman possesses all of the qualities that make a pundit truly wankerific. He fetishizes a false "centrism" which is basically whatever Tom Friedman likes, imagining the Friedman agenda is both incredibly popular in the country and lacking any support from our current politicians, when in fact the opposite is usually true." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Problems abroad, even ones which really have nothing to do with us, should be solved by war, and problems at home should be solved by increasing the suffering of poor and middle class people. Even though one political party is pretty much implementing, or trying to implement, 99.999999% of the Friedman agenda, what we really need is a third party catering precisely to this silent majority of Friedmanites." - Andrew C (✔)
"Truly great wankers possess a kind of glib narcissism, the belief that everything is about them while simultaneously disavowing any responsibility for anything. The important thing about an issue is whether it proves Tom Friedman fucking right, but if it doesn't we can just move on to the next big thing that will prove Tom Friedman fucking right. " - Andrew C (✔)
"The state of the world is what it is in large part because people in positions of great power think this absurd buffoon of man is a Very Serious Person. " - Andrew C (✔)
I suspected it would be Friedman. - John (bird whisperer)
I was just thinking before I checked the blog that if it wasn't Friedman that something would be terribly wrong. - Andrew C (✔)
"Glib narcissism" is a pretty good description of Friedman's writing. - John (bird whisperer)
Friedman beat Bobo? - Steven Perez
Brooks didn't even crack top 10! "Some who didn't make the list failed to do so because they're dead. And some just...well, didn't seem precisely like wankers to me. I see people like BoBo and Reynolds as more Quiet American types, secretly napalming villages or nuking random cities while discussing Burkean humility over tea with Gail Collins or perusing the latest Sharper Image catalog. There's a word for that, though I'm not sure it's wanker. " - Andrew C (✔)
I call bovine scatology. Bobo should have been at least in the top five. Or at least gotten a dishonorable mention. - Steven Perez
I think there's a certain kind of pleased-with-their-own-ignorance quality to wankers, whereas Brooks is more just willfully dishonest. (I've grown to the side of the argument that McArdle, Friedman, etc really are as dumb as they seem.) - Andrew C (✔)