Tony Norman (while I am pretty sure he's seen the movie) asks a different question in today's column: Whether it's better to be seen as stupid or evil. The subject, of course, is George W. Bush.
A few paragraphs later:
Though his news conference was a grim and listless performance, Mr. Bush stuck to the script and dutifully recited every talking point drilled into him by his subordinates -- all the while smirking like a man who would do anything to avoid the indignity of being thought an idiot.
That's when it occurred to me that George W. Bush is still at a stage of life where being considered evil by his interlocutors is preferable to being thought stupid.
With $300 billion already down a rat hole and another $120 billion in the pipeline thanks to the Democrats' tendency to blink under pressure, this insanity will go on until more principled congressional leadership musters the courage to pull the plug on the greatest foreign policy debacle in American history.And finally his ending:
While the Democrats in Congress are just spineless (and probably just a little stupid for enabling Bush's actions), whether Bush is evil or stupid or both I can't really say.
Mr. Bush spent part of the news conference trying to remove a splotch of bird droppings deposited on his sleeve by a sparrow -- a final sign that the mandate of heaven he once took for granted had been withdrawn.
When the definitive history of this war is written and a full account has been taken of its spillage of blood, its rituals of mutilation and its mindless embrace of death, Mr. Bush may be the first president to be regarded by future generations as both evil and stupid.
In the end, I wish nothing more for dubya than to have a long and healthy life - in hopes that he'll realize that thousands of other human beings were denied long and/or healthy lives because of his decisions.