I think we have a winner.
It’s a bit early to call it, especially in such a competitive field, but right now I am really leaning towards this contribution from David Brooks:
He’d do it because this is the beating center of American life — the place where the trajectory of American politics is being determined.
Keep in mind what an impressive achievement is just to be the stupidest sentence in a single Op-Ed column by a commentator who apparently cannot find the Midwest U.S. on a map. But while most of the column is just dumb, the notion that
the beating center of American life is simply identical with, or even has a good goddamn to do with,
the trajectory of American politics (meaning the state-by-state results of seasonal U.S. elections) or whether or not
the U.S. will remain a predominant power (!) is not only stupid, but immensely narrow-minded and pernicious, and a pretty good one-sentence illustration of everything that is wrong with David Brooks, as a commentator and as a human being.
… that region of America that starts in central New York and Pennsylvania and then stretches out through Ohio and Indiana before spreading out to include Wisconsin and Arkansas.Dude, really? ↩