Latest gimmicky contest
at The Economist: The wisest fool
Today we are after that rarer oxymoron: the wisest fool. He or she must be fundamentally an idiot, but a shrewd or cunning one. Candidates need not inhabit Christendom, but they must be alive, or have been in the past 50 years. They may come from the world of politics, or academia or business—or perhaps the church, the stage or journalism. Or somewhere else: on the Titanic, one of them was seen heading for the bar when everyone else was taking to the boats.
Republicans would likely nominate Jimmy Carter; Democrats, GWB. Me, I’d nominate Osama Bin Laden, who “must be alive, or have been in the past 50 years”.