The best political commentary of 2011

What do you look for in good political commentary?

I’m in favor of a mix of moral clarity and realistic judgment, topped off with an  incisive turn of phrase that sticks in the memory.  So I find it hard to top this observation on the recent attack on the UK embassy in Iran, culled from today’s Financial Times:

“I do not like Britain and I know it is evil, but a savage attack on their embassy not only makes us look uncivilised but means we have to pay for its consequences, which will be more sanctions and maybe a war,” says Saeed, a 42-year-old government employee.

100% crystal clear analysis.  Love it.