Monday, April 17, 2006

Inherited millions make you stupid: Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes was a laughable caricature of privilege even in the 1996 and 2000 elections, when he used millions of his inherited money to lend a false aura of "legitimacy" to presidential campaigns that were never more than elaborate exercises in vanity. Aside from his visual and behavioral resemblence to the kind of Upper-Class-Twit-of-the-Year Steven Fry has made a speciality of playing (Dietrich, Jeeves, Protheroe the Zookeeper), Forbes has always seemed bloviate but harmless:

But now, Solon-like, he's arguing that the "inevitable" "confrontation" with Iran will bring the price of oil down:

But the bottom line with Iran is, when we have the confrontation, which we will
have, we can really deal with that crisis. Then the price of oil will come down.
The longer we let it fester, the higher the price of oil will stay.

Never mind that virtually every other scholar, observer, soldier, and pundit has realized that Iran would (a) be a much tougher nut to crack, (b) is probably ten years away from practical nuclear weapons, (c) would likely lead to a pan-Middle-East insurrection, and (d), oh, yeah, hasn't committed any acts of war, there's the fact that Forbes knows fuck-all about the subject. Yet Fox News will have him on to mouth the talking points of whose meaning he has no grasp.

He's another one like Tom Cruise: someone with more money than brains who's been insulated from any responsibility for the imbecilities that come out of his mouth for so long that he's come to believe, all evidence to the contrary, that he actually knows something.

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