Skip to comments.Hugh Hewitt: "Defending the American Dream Summit" and David Brooks
Posted on 10/02/2009 3:27:12 PM PDT by EveningStar
...First, Brooks gets a lot right. Talk radio, like every other form of media, has lots of influence and very little actual power. We can and do make the phones ring, and we can and do sometimes help stop legislation like the ill-fated and poorly drafted immigration bill of 2007, but moments like that are very rare. We certainly cannot nominate GOP presidential candidates, as almost none of us supported Seantor McCain, but that may reflect only that we lack decisive influence in the course of a fractured long campaign, or that we were ourselves fractured or uncommitted in our choices. Rush, for example, clearly didn't like John McCain, but neither did he push for any particular candidate. He never does in such settings. Part of the problem with Brooks' column is that it fails to accurately render the ambitions of talk radio, and thus he cannot accurately assess its successes or failures...
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Brook’s = Brooks’
Hugh hearts Mitt. Bromance.
I wonder if Hugh will say anything about Mitt’s relationship with Meg Whitman. You know, the one we just found out endorsed Barbara Boxer in 2004 and maxed out at $4000 to her campaign. In 2004 when the GOP was locked in a tight struggle with Bush’s reelection, she backed Boxer? The most liberal Senator in the Congress. The most pro abortion Senator in the Congress. The number one backer and sponsor of Cap and Trade?
And this is Mitt’s big protege?
This article is not about Mitt Romney or Meg Whitman. It’s about David Brooks.
So YOU say.
Hugh wrote it, Hugh wrote Mitt’s vapid hagiography, and as I quoted his barely veiled coat gushing for Mr. Conservative himself.
In a word, no.
Hugh’s rose color glasses for Mittens are so thick you could weld with them.
Brooks is full of it as well. He probably supports Boxer, too. He’s on the record as saying that David Axelrod is his hero. I was just replying to the post above who brought up the two of them. Didn’t mean to thread jack or anything.
“That would be us. The GOP is poised for a strong return to the prominence. That will not be because of talk radio but because of the ideas and ideals the renewed GOP holds. Talk radio's job is to help identify those ideas, persuade our audiences they are the correct ones, and point to those political figures who hold them. “
This is correct. Conservatives are for ideas. To the extent the GOP upholds and supports these ideas, they will get our votes. I'm surprised few have commented on the fact John McCain got 4 million fewer votes than George Bush in 2004. The point is, Senator McCain is more “moderate” than President Bush and got significantly fewer votes—despite Sarah Palin. Imagine how few he would have gotten if he had Romney as his VP.
President Reagan espoused the conservative ideals the best and he won both his elections in a landslide.
“The first test of influence between legacy media and new media in the era of Obama Incumbent comes next month in New Jersey and Virginia. If David Brooks is right, Jon Corzine should be reelected and the Democrats should hold on to the statehouse in Richmond. We'll see.”
I expect at least a 50-50 split, and possibly a sweep by the Republicans.