I’ve been asked why I have not written a RIP for Charles Krauthammer, and the answer is pretty simple: I don’t think he really had an impact (for good or bad) on the MPS community. He wasn’t villainous enough to merit attention, and he had no impact on pop culture, and he certainly was not entertaining. He excelled in being boring:
“Longevity for a columnist is a simple proposition: Once you start, you don’t stop. You do it until you die or can no longer put a sentence together. It has always been my intention to die at my desk, although my most cherished ambition is to outlive the estate tax.”
–The wit and wisdom of Charlie Krauthammer
Wow. What a zinger.
While all the usual morning email news thingies are predictably going long on Krauthammer, I’ll go short: he gave a fig leaf of cover to Wingnuttia, a veneer of intelligence.
Here’s the real test: who will inherit the Krauthammer role? No one. Well, maybe George Will already has.
UPDATE 1: More proof of his zero impact — I just realized I forgot to tag him in the Dead Celebrities. Fixed it.