I was looking at the Gore Vidal picture-book (Gore Vidal: Snapshots in History's Glare) and came across a choice quote regarding William F. Buckley, Jr., whom Vidal said was "like Hitler, but without the charm."
In a different article about Vidal, he's quoted as saying that the three most dispiriting words in the English language are "Joyce. Carol. Oates."
There are good reasons for why I like mean people. Vidal is one of them.