Watch New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Howard Kurtz’s show. The hypocrisy I want to highlight is at 5:44:
KURTZ: I’m surprised you haven’t written a column saying what a disappointing year he’s had, and perhaps, expressing any frustration.
FRIEDMAN: You know, I tend to take the long view. I really don’t, you know, I mean, I’ve seen –
KURTZ: But does the country have that benefit?
FRIEDMAN: Well, whether we have the benefit or not, we’re gonna have to [crosstalk]
KURTZ: You’re saying that even if Obama — I don’t think even his fiercest defenders would dispute this — he’s had a lousy year, in terms of not getting bills through Congress, in terms of the health care debacle — that you are trying to look beyond that?
FRIEDMAN: Yeah, I’m not a big scorecard guy, I mean, generally, so, you know . . .
Yeah, Thomas Friedman is not a guy who keeps a scorecard.
For Democrats, that is.
For Republicans? You betcha!
No scorecards here!
I was in a restaurant at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Sunday, and it had an NCAA basketball game playing on the TV at one end of the bar and the Iraq war on the other. Most people were watching the basketball game — probably because it’s so much easier to keep score. How will we know if we are winning in Iraq?
If you see these things happening, you’ll know that the political ends for which this war was launched are being achieved. If you don’t, you’ll know we’re lost in a sandstorm.
Now, I’m not a big scorecard guy, generally, heh heh, you know.
But . . .
The scorecard here is easily read: My anonymous tipster: 1, Friedman: 0.