John Ellis today on the depressing news that the insufferable Pat Buchanan will be back on the air: “We’ll soon find out. According to today’s New York Times, MSNBC has signed up both Buchanan and (Bill) Press to reprise a two-hour version of the old Crossfire show, beginning sometime this summer. The show will air in the mid-afternoon.

We’re beyond brain dead here. The only conclusion I can draw is that the programmers at MSNBC have simply given up.”

I used to like Buchanan. Until it turned out that being a journalist was apparently just a stepping stone to something more grandiose. The sight of him during the 1996 campaign, dressed like a cowboy during a campaign stop in Texas was almost as pathetic as the footage of Michael Dukakis sitting in an army tank back in 1988…