Once upon a time, I was proud that Thomas L. Friedman, who was then a reporter rather than a pundit, had graduated from Brandeis. He's probably the school's single most famous grad.
Now I'm waiting for Krugman and DeLong to start sputtering with rage over Friedman's Times column today. I am, so they will too.
He's calling for Michael Bloomberg to run for president, to bring some sense to American politics.
FOR GOD'S SAKE, TOM, DO YOU REMEMBER THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION? DO YOU WANT TO PUT MITT ROMNEY INTO THE WHITE HOUSE?
Because if Bloomberg enters the race, he'll split the moderate/left vote with President Obama, and guess who we'll get as president! Also, dammit, the current Democrats are the centrist voice of sanity you claim to seek. I wish they were more Socialist, but they're not.
UPDATE: Alex Paeene at Salon is even meaner - quite rightly - to Friedman than I am. (Thanks to Patrick for sending me the link.)
UPDATE 2: Joshua Kosman points me to Eschaton and Matt Taibi on the vile Friedman.
UPDATE 3: Tom DePlonty points me to Digby. Gosh, everybody hates Tom Friendman this week, as well they should!