He’s got this much talent — this much if he’s lucky

Atrios has a pretty solid take-down of Jonah Goldberg, Wanker of the Decade Runner Up #6, but it’s a bit shooting fish in a barrel, innit?

My all-time favorite line about the Doughy one is this:

Sometimes Jonah Goldberg lacks the imaginative resources necessary to come up with new stupid things to say, so he relies on his audience of stupid people and relays their emails.

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    WereBear says:

    Why Nepotism is Bad.

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    beltane says:

    I realize this award is for lifetime achievement but naming Goldberg to the top 10 is too easy when there are so many other more mainstream, and therefore more dangerous, wankers out there.

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    k488 says:

    A few years ago our local mega-church had a “porn weekend” that used the phrase, “Every time you masturbate God kills a kitten” with no sense of irony. This was covered by our local fish-wrap, also without irony. That same weekend they also published a column by Jonah Goldberg calling for the killing of feral cats. I wrote to the paper suggesting that they were in a position of making a modest proposal.

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    DougJ, Head of Infidelity says:


    I agree.

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    Jennifer says:

    Pantload can’t be one of the top wankers of the decade, because he didn’t do the work himself.

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    Will says:

    Doug, regarding the title of the post: what is that line from?

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    DougJ, Head of Infidelity says:


    Spinal Tap.

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    gogol's wife says:


    But which one is Brooks? The apparatchik or the professional centrist?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    The great thing about Bobo is, any Tuesday he lets fly a particularly stinky one off, you can count on seeing Kthug tear him to shreds by the weekend. And those are usually my favorites of Krugman’s columns and blog posts. One time Kthug gave Bobo such a sad that Bobo’s next column whined, “Some peoplez iz blowhards, hmph!”

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @gogol’s wife:
    Q: But which one is Brooks? The apparatchik or the professional centrist?

    A: Yes.

    (Where did them bold, italics, etc. buttons go to?)

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    MattF says:

    @eemom: In fact, it’s a toofer, Krugman puts the knife into Brooks (the apparatchik) and then proceeds to flay James Stewart (an NYT business section columnist). The business of parading around in Stewart’s pelt at the end is a little over the top– but what the hay.

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    D-Notice says:

    As someone once said “Heh indeedy!”

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    @Jennifer: But he MEANT to do it, he was just on a deadline for something else, you see? So you wouldn’t mind filling in the middle bits for him, right?

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    mainmati says:

    @efgoldman: Ditto on my Firefox browser

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    Cuppa Cabana says:

    I can’t agree that there’s anything “solid” about Atrios’ alleged take-down (sic). (“neener neener”? Really?) Atrios wishes to place the blame for J-Load on “journalists,” declaring that he didn’t make the wide-body “the public face of punditry, they did.” That’s horse hockey. Most of us never would have heard of ‘Liberal Fascism’ if it weren’t for progressive bloggers incessantly flogging it (as in “beating up on it”), and news outlets that gave J-Load his fifteen minutes did so because they knew putting the dough-boy in the limelight would get attention. Much of that attention was stirred up by bloggers just like Atrios, who continues to give The Loady One free publicity, even as he decries the state of journalism, a topic that is clearly above his pay grade. Heckuva job, Duncan.

    Not for nothing but “Wanker of the Day/Decade” and “Worst Person in the World” are as idiotic as “Moore Awards” et al, but not as well written.

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    Gus says:

    I think my favorite line on the Pantload is referring to his latest writing, “this is the stupidest thing that has ever been written, and will remain so until Golberg writes another column.”

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