Foreign Policy magazine asks Bill Clinton “Who do you think is the smartest, most penetrating thinker you know (maybe other than your own family)? Are there people who should be on our list?”
Paul Krugman — I don’t always agree with him, but he is unfailingly good. David Brooks has been very good. Tom Friedman is our most gifted journalist at actually looking at what is happening in the world and figuring out its relevance to tomorrow and figuring out a clever way to say it that sticks in your mind-like “real men raise the gas tax.” You know what I mean?
Clinton goes on to name-check Robert Wright, Matt Ridley, and Malcolm Gladwell, all of whom I approve of. Maybe the Secretary of State can recommend some women writers.