Columnists exist to make the rest of us look smart

The intellectual woes of major-paper columnists continue. Ken Bernstein and Kevin Carey both think Thomas Friedman is wrong in arguing for tax cuts for teachers. One calls the idea very bad, and the other thinks it’s stupid. As far as I’m concerned, I’m just surprised Friedman didn’t ask for a pony. In the meantime, Berkeley economist Brad DeLong is holding an Epically Bad Tom Friedman Column Contest

Update: Matthew Yglesias piles on (usefully).