Jeremy Sherman offers a list of 15 “qualities of buttheads.” Check it out and see whether it reminds you of anyone in the news. Here’s three of them (emphasis in the original):
Reality is my slave: Since I’m the most realistic, I’ve earned the power to control reality. What I say is true is true. I can make it true through my absolute confidence.
Uber-umpmanship: In debate, I’m not only the final judge of all reality but of what’s admissible in debate. I’m the umpire in every debate I enter, and I’ll always rule in my favor. What you do is unfair. What I do is not only fair but righteous.