Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Stamp-of-Idiocy #1: Chris Matthews > Machiavelli?

I'm taking advantage of my minor resurgence into blogging as the opportunity to introduce a new (probably-weekly) feature: the Stamp-of-Idiocy. Essentially, it applies to particularly absurd events I encounter while searching the Web for more blog-worthy subjects. Said events are then brought to attention here, briefly explained, and more or less excoriated.

Everyone's favorite Hardball anchor recently appeared with everyone's favorite fake-news anchor to promote his new book, Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success. The rather obvious premise of the book is that we can better our lives through the same tactics employed by politicians engaged in that most virtuous of political activities: campaigning.

Jon Stewart didn't buy it. (Say what you want about Jon Stewart's politics, but he's dead-on with this one.) Achieving success when people don't believe a word you say? Listening to people but not caring about what they have to say? Better than Machiavelli?

Mr. Matthews, I read Machiavelli; I wrote about Machiavelli, Machiavelli was a good thesis topic of mine. Mr. Matthews, you're no Machiavelli. Forget the book being about sadness -- Chris Matthews' life is about sadness.

Congratulations, Chris -- you've received this week's Stamp-of-Idiocy. (Thanks to RealClearPolitics for the video.)

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