LEAGUE OF ORDINARY GENTLEMEN  2:27 pm November 24, 2009

Washington Post Pundit Contest Winner Has All Kinds Of New Perspectives On Things!

by Juli Weiner

Hey meet the winner of the Washington Post‘s pundit match: “Kevin”! He appears to be nothing more than a composite of all preexisting Washington Post op-ed writers, yet somehow even whiter. Synergy! [Washington Post]

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shortsshortsshorts November 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I guess my editorial, “Run Dog Run,” was an utter failure. I even fashioned after Sarah Palin’s voice.


Hedley Lamar November 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I’m sure that wearing women’s clothing and a Bill Kristol mask helped seal the deal.

Extemporanus November 24, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Huffman Post?

Zsa Zsa ain’t gonna like this.

magic titty November 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm

They picked the most harmless looking/sounding/seeming/balding white guy they could find, eh? Shocking.

Extemporanus November 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm

[re=465815]Hedley Lamar[/re]: Good point.

<—- Huffmanpost looks pretty pundit-y in his other promo pic.

SayItWithWookies November 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm

A nice, inoffensive liberal garnish for the crazy steak of Krauthammer and Kristol — just the thing for the Post to pretend it’s balanced again.

JMP November 24, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Hey look it’s a white guy! ‘Bout time the Post brought the neglected white dude perspective to its editorial pages; if only they could have found one over 70 it really would have gone against the grain.

Suds McKenzie November 24, 2009 at 2:49 pm

wow, and he showed up at the WA Post at such a perfect time, excelsior!

snideinplainsight November 24, 2009 at 2:54 pm

See you’re missing the story here. “Let’s cane Andrei Aggasi”? He’s not the token white guy, he’s the token gay-ish guy.

snideinplainsight November 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm

He’s not going to talk about equal rights or the definition of marriage or anything a person engaged with real gay issues would, but he can make cheeky commentary on news items like “counterfeit condoms in Hunan province” and Mr. Hiatt can feel good about his paper’s diversityness.

Cape Clod November 24, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Pleeease! Now fire Richard Cohen.

JMP November 24, 2009 at 3:00 pm

[re=465848]snideinplainsight[/re]: I thought that was already George Will of the bow ties?

snideinplainsight November 24, 2009 at 3:01 pm

“Final thoughts by Fred Hiatt”? We should really be so lucky!

FlownOver November 24, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I demand a recount! Wait, no I don’t! Well, maybe I do! Or not!

norbizness November 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm

He looks like a graduate of the Alan Colmes School Of Cowering And Yelling ‘Not in the Face’

Elephants Gerald November 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm

[re=465827]JMP[/re]: He may be a plant – a member of Keepers of the Eternal and Victorious Islamic Nation (KEVIN)? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

BlueStateLibtard November 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Laugh it up, libtards, this gentleman has penned the most elegant, persuasive discourse I have been privelaged to read in quite a while: “I was on Facebook the other day, yukking it up about the lamestream media and seeing which of my friends had procreated, when I came across Sarah Palin ruminating on the recent reports on mammograms and Pap smears.”

ManchuCandidate November 24, 2009 at 3:14 pm


His punditry reminded me of the style of a less feeble Dicky Cohen. I don’t even get what his fucking point was.

snideinplainsight November 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Excuse me for feeling a little cheated, but I don’t feel like “Let’s cane Andre Agassi” is an effective counterbalance for Gerson, Krauthhammer, George Will, Kristol, Cohen, Mallaby, Diehl, Kinsley, Parker Broder Samuelson…

Come here a minute November 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade

Car Ramrod November 24, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Congratulations, Kevin. At the end of your three months, remember to turn off the lights and lock the door.

norbizness November 24, 2009 at 3:23 pm

“From the SFW Files: Shitty Employer Hires Shithead Employee”

coolcatdaddy November 24, 2009 at 3:27 pm

In the words of a Hollywood producer … “Yeah … gimme something like we already done. Only different…”

Mara47 November 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Don’t blame me. I voted for the chick.

Fuck Toad November 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm

“I was [idle consumption of media] the other day when I came across [recent statement by bete noire]” followed by a quote. That’s writing straight out of the college newspaper op-ed stylebook. I am myself prone to lazy writing, but I’d stop short of using the journalistic equivalent of “what is the DEAL with AIRPLANE FOOD?” in an attempt to win a job at one of the country’s newspapers of record.

The very concept of voting for an opinion columnist is faintly hilarious. Wasn’t there a time when newspapers claimed to prize unconventional and out-of-the-mainstream thinkers?

I don’t really care for snark in newspapers. It leads to Maureen Dowd and lazy writing. But if the WaPo is looking for snark, they might have tried to poach some Wonketteers. Is there anything this wang has ever written that matches, say, “Not content with hating, on principle, the executive and legislative branches of government, conservatives now find America’s court system not to their taste either really.”?

gurukalehuru November 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Good gravy, he actually referred to Sarah Palin as “the leading conserative intellect.” Not a. The.

Monsieur Grumpe November 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm

I’m guessing he’s going to be writing about Wonder Bread, Snow, Newt Gingrich’s ass and other really white stuff.

Decker November 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I don’t know which I find more objectionable: “keen political observations” or “the world of punditry.” It’s like choosing between Huckabee or Palin.

WarAndG November 24, 2009 at 4:25 pm

He’s used “cognitive dissonance.” I’m 110% sure I will never read his column again.

rottenart November 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I dunno, he seems to combine the pastiness of Gerson, the hair of Brooks and the wispy neck beard of Douchehat. He’ll go far, I tells ya. Were we supposed to talk about his writing?

Uncle Glenny November 24, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Let’s start a pool on how long it takes for him to get Greenwalded.

GeneralLerong November 24, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Maybe Taibbi should include pundits in his analysis as well as reporters?

“Your average political reporter is a spineless dweeb who went to all the best schools and made it to that privileged seat inside the campaign-trail ropeline by being keenly sensitive to the editorial wishes of his social and professional superiors.”

You know where I found this. Compared to the usual handwringing about MSM, this was like rolling in rose petals.

bitchincamaro November 24, 2009 at 7:20 pm

By definition, isn’t a “launching pad into the world of [anything]” aimed straight down?

artpepper November 24, 2009 at 9:33 pm

“Humor and keen political observations” — yeah, that and the “Jumble” puzzle is why I read the newspaper every single day, whilst listening to 78s on my Victrola.

OhTheHorror November 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm

To hell with starting with the police blotter. Let’s just have a contest!

overyourhead November 24, 2009 at 11:03 pm
lampadadog November 24, 2009 at 11:05 pm

You guys called this on day 1, remember. I remember.

overyourhead November 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm

I remember.

Mr Blifil November 24, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Great time to be hopping aboard the newspaper juggernaut.

LowerdPeninsula November 25, 2009 at 1:49 am

This guys was married to District of Columbia Public School Führer…ermmm…Chancellor Michelle Rhee. ‘Nugh said.

DangerousLiberal November 25, 2009 at 11:56 am

Now that the WaPo is closing down every bureau from LA to Anacostia, (ok, that was closed years ago. I mean, DuPont Circle), the WaPo as about as good as any weekly shopper and community rag. Or the Coffee News, which is available at the DQ near me. Didn’t think that papers like that needed “commentary.”

Pizzuti November 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm

but maybe he’s gay.

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