It's Jacob Weisberg and Doris Kearns Goodwin wot done it:
James Wolcott's Blog: At Some Point You're Too Old to Clap for Tinker Bell: Wolcott's Blog: vanityfair.com: "Jacob Weisberg is a nitwit"--that's some pretty salty language coming from TBogg, but a man can only take so much Stovetop Stuffing of faux naivete before he gets fed up. I watched a large chunk of the Charlie Rose post-SOTU all-star cud-chew last night during which Weisberg expressed mild surprise that Bush hadn't sounded "more conciliatory" in his final address. I was surprised that Weisberg was surprised, expressing my surprise by muttering aloud just soft enough so the cats wouldn't hear, "Diphead, what did you expect? That he would make nice now having gotten his way through arrogance and imperious piety ever since 9/11? He makes cracking down on earmarks a show of manhood, and you think he's going to introduce softer colors into his palette and fluffier textures as he struts out the door into History's sunlit parlor? Have you no psychological acumen whatsoever, man?" Well, it was late and I had had a lot of soda. And I confess that even Weisberg wasn't nearly as annoying as fellow panelist Doris Kearns Goodwin, who has become a major irritant with her girlish enthusiasm and goody bag of presidential anecdotes that she dispenses to humanize everybody on the same glorious continuum, as if the crimes and calamities of Vietnam and Iraq were crucibles of character-building for our chief executives, the crowded backdrops to personal tragedy and greatness. (So many faraway nobodies have to die so that History can come alive.) She won't let up about having visited the North Vietnam prison where John McCain was held, captivated by a heroic narrative that seems to make her giddy at the prospect of his becoming president and fulfilling a destiny that'll make a helluva book someday. Mind you, I'm rooting for McCain on the Republican side, if only to enjoy the spumes of rabid froth his nomination would produce from Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and the hostiles at NRO's Corner. Fun is where you find it.