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December 10, 2008

YEAR-END LISTS.... I know it's just a gimmick, meant more as conversation pieces than actual reporting, but I have to admit, I'm a sucker for year-end lists. Time recently put together "The Top 10 Everything of 2008," and I actually went through the whole darn thing.

That said, there are a couple of year-end lists that I found especially interesting. The first comes by way of Media Matters, which lists the "Most Inane Punditry of the 2008 presidential campaign," and lets readers vote on the worst of the worst. There are some real gems in there, some of which I'd forgotten about. The 10 examples include:

* Barnes: Obama not "strong on national security" because he opposed war "when the entire world believed" Saddam had WMD

* Defending Givhan's cleavage coverage, Harwood asserted "calculati[ng]" Clinton knew "what she was communicating by her dress"

* Matthews: "Who would win a street fight ... Rudy Giuliani or President Ahmadinejad"

* Brooks thinks Obama wouldn't seem to "fit[] in naturally" at an Applebee's salad bar -- maybe because Applebee's doesn't have them

* Cokie Roberts on Obama's vacation: "I know his grandmother lives in Hawaii and I know Hawaii is a state," but it looks "foreign, exotic"

I also enjoyed Foreign Policy's list of the 10 worst predictions of the year. Some of my favorites included:

* Bill Kristol: "Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single Democratic primary. I'll predict that right now."

* Jim Cramer in March: "Peter writes: 'Should I be worried about Bear Stearns in terms of liquidity and get my money out of there?' No! No! No! Bear Stearns is fine! Do not take your money out.... Bear Stearns is not in trouble. I mean, if anything they're more likely to be taken over. Don't move your money from Bear! That's just being silly! Don't be silly!"

* Donald Luskin in September, the day before Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy: "[A]nyone who says we're in a recession, or heading into one -- especially the worst one since the Great Depression -- is making up his own private definition of 'recession.'"


Steve Benen 1:46 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (18)

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I think it's too early to make a top ten list of the year's most inane punditry since there are still 21 days (5.7%) left.

Really, any one of those ignoramuses could say something equally, if not more inane in the next several days. I'd almost say it's a guarantee.

Posted by: doubtful on December 10, 2008 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK

@doubtful,
True, but I think that the names Luskin, Kristol and Cramer aren't coming off that list of Nostradumbass-ness.


Posted by: Former Dan on December 10, 2008 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

You might enjoy the list of lists on link blog fimoculous. http://www.fimoculous.com/year-review-2008.cfm

Posted by: peewee3 on December 10, 2008 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

aren't coming off that list of Nostradumbass-ness. Former Dan

But Blagojevich might have made it onto the list with his prediction about wire taps.

Posted by: Danp on December 10, 2008 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

"The tax increases proposed by Mr. Clinton are going to kill economic growth".
-- Sen. Pete Domenici (R - Asshole), 1993

Posted by: Sam Simple on December 10, 2008 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

Steve B., you left off my favorite (which you had up at TCBR) and that was about where Hillary pointed her belly button. The body language expert told us that it was indicative of...I don't remember what, but it was supposed to be of great interest to Larry King's viewing public. That was one of my favorite inane moments.

Posted by: MsJoanne on December 10, 2008 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

Sam Simple: (R-Asshole)

If only there was a state of Asshole and if only we could ship all the Redumbfucklican's there, life would be so very, very much better.

Posted by: MsJoanne on December 10, 2008 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

beating a dead horse here: "the fundamentals of the economy are strong:" John McCain-- September 15th, 2008.....

Posted by: dj spellchecka on December 10, 2008 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

If only there was a state of Asshole... -MsJoanne

Pardon the crudeness, but I'll bet if you overlay a chart of the male anatomy over the United States taking care to line the penis up with Floria, you'd find the Texas is the scrotum and the sphincter is somewhere around Arizona.

Sounds about right to me.

Posted by: doubtful on December 10, 2008 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

They should have included top ten Lame lists by magazines. I went through them too. I feel like I should be lobotomized after doing that. Gawd there choices for top ten everything were enough to make me puke with the realization of how banal and uninteresting there picks were for most of thoses lists. I guess we've just become a boring shallow country. Even more so than ever.

Posted by: Gandalf on December 10, 2008 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

What, the Bush Legacy talking points from yesterday are too fresh ? maybe it's not a quote, but damn, that list has 5 of the top 10 for the year and probably a couple for the decade's top 10.

Michele Bachmann from Minnesota, with the neo-McCarthy witch hunt in Congress.

And what list for 2008 could be complete w/o a Sara Palin quote.

Posted by: ScottW on December 10, 2008 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

Pretty much anything said by, or in defense of, Sarah Palin as a vice-presidential nominee.

Posted by: AJB on December 10, 2008 at 3:44 PM | PERMALINK

Why, why, why does ABC and (especially) NPR believe Cokie Roberts is some kind of expert political commentator?

Posted by: PS on December 10, 2008 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

Oh don't bother with me, I don't have much to say today. I'm just down here in scrotumland enjoying the quotes!!

Posted by: whichwitch on December 10, 2008 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

Fred Barnes, hands down. You also think he said it as a joke.

Posted by: CarlP on December 10, 2008 at 7:44 PM | PERMALINK

Cokie Roberts on Obama's vacation: "I know his grandmother lives in Hawaii and I know Hawaii is a state," but it looks "foreign, exotic"

This is rich for someone who has a mansion on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Posted by: Sconsin Guy on December 10, 2008 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

This is rich for someone who has a mansion on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Is that the one with the sign, "Coloreds: Enter Through Back Door"?

Posted by: MissMudd on December 10, 2008 at 8:55 PM | PERMALINK

I'm still trying to imagine Rudi in a street fight wearing one of those dresses that he is so fond of.

Posted by: g. powell on December 10, 2008 at 9:38 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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