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Massive 2005 takedown of The Moustache of Understanding.

He is the perfect symbol of our culture of emboldened stupidity. Like George Bush, he's in the reality-making business. In the new flat world, argument is no longer a two-way street for people like the president and the country's most important columnist. You no longer have to worry about actually convincing anyone; the process ends when you make the case.

Things are true because you say they are. The only thing that matters is how sure you sound when you say it.

Suck. On. That. Tom.

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Submitted by madamab on

Where was Taibbi's acumen in deconstructing the puerile nature of Obama's speechifying, though?

Here, I can write an Obama speech for you right now. I can haz writing job?

"My fellow Americans, I have come here today to talk to you honestly, plainly, and without fear about a very difficult issue: (insert name of issue here).

Now, feelings are running high about (issue). On the one hand, some say (insert straw man here). On the other hand, some say (insert another straw man here).

Now, let me be clear. I have set forth the following principle, and I believe in it absolutely. (Insert innocuous-sending pap here.)

I will neither give in to the naysayers on one side, nor pander to the cheerleaders on the other side. That I promise you. The road will be long, and the struggle will be hard, but we will come out of this a better, more prosperous and more morally clear nation. We are the shining city on the hill, and we will ensure that the world knows exactly where we stand. Our hearts are pure, and we stand ready to lead this country forward into the 21st century with all faith and belief in the beauty and promise of the American people.

May God bless the United States of America. Thank you."

Submitted by lambert on

Sounds like we could write a generator to write that speech in software.

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Submitted by madamab on

It's just that formulaic. Hell, just revamp a "Mad Libs" generator a bit, and Bob's your uncle!

(Where did that expression come from, I wonder?)

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Submitted by Jeff W on

I love that Matt Taibbi piece (and referred to it recently in this comment).

As I said before, I find this observation by Taibbi about Tom Friedman endlessly entertaining:

He has an anti-ear, and it's absolutely infallible; he is a Joyce or a Flaubert in reverse, incapable of rendering even the smallest details without genius.

I think of him as the Dan Brown of pundit class.

I think I'll have a Cinnabon now.