No Pest Strip


After his very public consideration of Kill Bill and the Jewish Question, The Original Gregg Easterbrook appeared to have had his blog taken away from him by The New Republic. Easterbrook—who, you'll recall, blamed the blog's lack of an editor for his golden-mouthed outburst—may have been grateful for this protection from his own mad, lustful, implacable id.

But with his latest offering at TNR (reg. req.), Easterbrook proves that when it comes to fatuity, he is as resourceful as Ulysses, or even MacGyver* **. I would say the column's highlight is GE's very special shoutout to his "friend" James Fallows. (Iron Rule of Journalism #38, which is followed here: Anytime a columnist refers to another columnist as a "friend," he'll be following that endearment with a sharp shiv in the back within half a paragraph.) Easterbrook goes one better though, by not only endorsing the deathless "flypaper" justification for invading Iraq, but, as Jim Henley notes, not realizing he is the last person in America to come up with that particular brainstorm. Sez Henley:

On rereading Easterbrook's closing paragraph, the really sad part jumps out at me: he thought of this all on his own. He seems completely oblivious to the fact that this particular pipe dream started tickling drowsy hawkish brains last year. Finally, a thought, he writes, managing only one accurate word in three.

*"McGyver" misspelling has been corrected.

**"McGyver" misspelling has been corrected to "MacGyver," which is how it's spelled at And if that isn't right, I'm gonna change the whole allusion to a Colt Seavers reference.

NEXT: 187 on the 527?

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  1. M-a-c-G-y-v-e-r.

  2. I thought a pundit’s job is to read the news and other pundits’ views each day and come up with insights of their own. That’s why punditry seems so attactive an occupation to the folks like me in the spice mines of kessel, churning out code for the man day after day.

    So this guy is NOT doing his job. Why hasn’t his pundit guildcard been revoked? Can I apply for his position? I’d LOVE to have a wider readership than the Hit-n-Run lurkers!

  3. And his Tuesday Morning Quarterback column is so interesting . . . maybe he should stick to sports journalism?

  4. Uh, Tim? Check the spelling of MacGyver one more time.

    And for penance, we should make you find your way out of a locked armored truck with only a magnesium bicyle, some chewing gum, and a nail file.

  5. The armored truck should be driverless, rolling down a treacherous road, and filled with nitroglycerine.

  6. Fuckin’ A! That goddamn Richard Dean Anderson’s been the bane of my existence since General Hospital!

  7. See Tim? You should’ve stuck to your guns.

  8. Tim Cavanaugh,

    You can watch him on a show that I can’t believe has just finished its ninth season (because its so bad – indeed, its on par in its atrociousness with such series as JAG and the various CSI incarnations): Stargate: SG-1.

  9. “You can watch him on a show that I can’t believe has just finished its ninth season (because its so bad – indeed, its on par in its atrociousness with such series as JAG and the various CSI incarnations): Stargate: SG-1.”

    Yes, but it’s better without Dr. Daniel Jackson. At least that’s Pierre Bernard says.

  10. Does Easterbrook put *any* effort into anything he writes? Ever?

  11. I’m thinking I don’t have to because I can always get a gig with CBS News. They’re easy.

    Gregg Easterbrook

  12. Ok, ya’ll just step off right now. I love Stargate, and Daniel is my favorite character.

    Atlantis seems to suck, though.

    And Gunnels – I’ve decided everyone is right, you most certainly are Jean Bart. And so there.

  13. There’s no suspense with Daniel’s replacement in SG-1, because everyone knows that Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.

    (Always like Beans Baxter better, anyway.)

  14. holly,

    Oh no. You think that I am Jean Bart. My world is shattered. 🙂

    And Stargate sucks and has always sucked.

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