The Atlantic's own superblogger Andrew Sullivan crowns fellow pundits with an array of awards--some
complimentary, some critical. Each one is cleverly named after some
figure who exemplifies the award, such as the Yglesias Award, named for
the intellectually self-critical Matt Yglesias. But blogger Matt Zeitlin wonders if one prize, the Von Hoffman award, handed out for egregiously wrong predictions (and given as recently as Dec. 17), hasn't gone out of date:
How can Andrew Sullivan still have the Von Hoffman award when Von Hoffman has been proven basically right?
New York Observer columnist Nicholas von Hoffman notoriously predicted American failure in Afghanistan in 2001, just as troops were marching into Kabul. Has the swing in fortunes in Afghanistan proven Nicholas von Hoffman right, warping the award's original meaning?