Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Friedman is WOTD.

Why Atrios picked Friedman as Wanker of the Decade.
Washington worships at the altar of the agenda of false centrism, and people often hate it. 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. 
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. If you advocate for wars that go a bit bad, well, it's not your fault. If only Tom Friedman had been in charge everything would have been great. 
I would argue that Putz has both of these qualities in spades. His entire schtick during most of the Bush administration was that he was a "non-partisan libertarian" even though it was obvious to anyone with a pulse that he was a hard-right, neocon Bush supporter. And he's nothing if he's not glibly narcissistic, constantly moving on to the next thing while ignoring how he's constantly proven wrong about everything.

But Friedman has the imprimatur of the New York Times and Very Serious People, and Putz only briefly had that -- in those heady days of An Army of Putzen.

At some point -- it's difficult to pinpoint exactly when -- he threw all that pretense away and started enthusiastically promoting Michelle Malkin's blog, and started linking regularly to mouth breathers like Jim Hoft, Jeff Goldstein, Don Surber, Ace of Spades, Jawa and other various nutjobs.

Despite this, the legacy media kept getting fooled into thinking he was something other than a hard-right, Tennessee Bush fanatic. And they still occasionally fall for it. But for the most part, he's outed himself. The election of Obama sent him over the bend. After calling the president a "racist hatemonger" -- there's no where to hide.

The fact that he's still on the blogroll at HuffPo is a weird relic from his "non-partisan" pose.

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