Skip to comments.His Highness David Brooks slams Herman Cain: "Running for office is a job for professionals."
Posted on 11/05/2011 11:54:01 AM PDT by martosko
On Fridays broadcast of NPRs All Things Considered, host Robert Siegel asked New York Times columnist David Brooks if the surfacing of sexual allegations from the late 1990s reported by Politico last week was the beginning of the end for businessman Herman Cains presidential run.
There was no beginning, Brooks said. He was a TV show that lasted for a little while. Let me stand up for elitist insiders this is a job for professionals. Running for office is a job for professionals. Governing is a job for professionals. What Herman Cain did this lets leave aside the harassment, his handling of this was completely unprofessional. Every amateur candidate knows how to do a better job than this.
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Ditto 2012 in spades
Where does that leave Obama?
The "Professional" (elected) government is part of the problem.
Brooks is synonymous with Clymer.
Does “professional” organizer count?
Obama was (is) NOT a professional anything!
He had a machine that cleared the path for him, finding disgraced politicians to run against, and employing questionable financing methods for his campaigns.
How’d his wife’s salary double to over $300 grand for a position so important, they didn’t replace her when she left?
And apparently so is screwing up the country and the economy.
Maybe we need somone who is not such a professional politician.
David, if the country was a real corporation, all your professionals would have been fired. Since we the peasants are going to have to pay for all your absolutely poor performance, we are going to get ourselves people who are not so “professional”. After all we, our children, and our grand children may have to pay for all the professionals largesse.
The “professionals” who were trained at Yale and Harvard got us into this cesspool.
Only “amateurs” will be able to get us out of it.
As for David Brooks, he an elitist @sshole of no consequences.He doesn’t even know he just jumped the shark-—again.
To the bird cage liner of record - we don’t give a rat’s patoot what you think.
Your “professionals” have created the mess we’re in through their “professional” approach. And let me remind you, “professional” means “does it for money”.
I cordially invite you to the theological place of eternal punishment.
“What Herman Cain did this lets leave aside the harassment, his handling of this was completely unprofessional. Every amateur candidate knows how to do a better job than this.”
If any of you listened to Rush yesterday, he covered this issue. The MSM and Republican elite say that Cain’s handling of the harassment charges was “unprofessional” because he didn’t do what most professional politicians would do in the same situation: Instead of rushing to initiate a cover up and attempt to stonewall any investigation, Cain simply did what he does in any other instance—he told the truth as best he could with the limited information he had (because he was not a signatory of the agreement).
Mr. Brooks, you and the rest of your “elite friends” are a joke. We are done with you.
Ever since the Civil War ended, military commentators have criticized Ulysses Grant's generalship, missing only one little thing--he won all his battles and, ultimately, the war. In spite of the nit-pickers, Cain keeps on winning, just like Grant. Indeed, he's withstood, and overcome, more vile, utterly determined, and groundless abuse than nay othe pubbie candidate this year. That makes him the best MAN to beat the Illegal.
What’s wrong, Brooksie, Csin didn’t have enough gay crease in his pants?
Another liberal circle jerk.
LOVE your post. Exactly. One more “professional” like Obama and the country will cease to exist.
The founders did not intend that there would be a professional political class. Johnson, (and Cain for that matter) fits the mold of what the founders intended - successful, knowledgeable men and women who bring their talents to Washington to serve, not to stay and preen and fawn over their own superiority.
Professionals built the Titanic
You need to add Lincoln. Funny thing, there’s a real similarity between Lincoln and Cain:
-Lincoln, before running for president, rose mostly in the private sector, becoming a highly successful railroad lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate.
-Cain, before running for president, rose mostly in the private sector, becoming a highly successful businessman in the restaurant business, a very competitive business, and also ran unsuccessfully for the Senate.
Looks like Cain has an excellent set of credentials for turning the country around.
“Howd his wifes salary double to over $300 grand for a position so important, they didnt replace her when she left?”
Simple—it was a bribe. Right after being elected to the U.S. Senate the Illegal did his part by getting a $1,200,000 earmark for her employer.
Yes, I agree. That’s why I’m supporting that great professional politician, Jon Corzine, for President. Only the best for me!
Professional Politicians is precicely why we are in the crapper. Give me an honest human being anyday.
Once Sarah Palin hit the scene, talking like a FReeper, it woke me up to realize that the PP class have been pissing on my leg and telling me it is raining so long that I nodded off. Now when a person can't say something with meaning in 1000 words or less my PP detector goes off.
Pretty much narrows it down to Sarah and Cain so far. Mittins is an obvious Progressive PP Plant, and Mr Texas is the RNC PP Plant, leaving Newt the Old School PP.
We need Americans running America, PP just piss me off.
“So ... are we on the brink of a war on the continent?”
Could be. The Illegal’s doing his level best to make it happen.
We’ve got to get Corzine into the primaries NOW - before he’s forced to do the perp walk and meet his soul mate in Sing Sing.
Don’t these “professionals” and their smug attitudes make you want to puke. This brooks is such a complete waste of skin and air.
Oh, I see - we must throw more faith at the "professional politicians" because we failed to give them enough the first time around.
I see it clearly now.
Hay Bub, where's the nearest gun store again - already have my Bible and pitch fork.
In case you missed it, here is SP's loud musing on the skills of the elites:
Why should we trust the elite with more responsibility? I know that we are told that they're the smartest boys in the room, and they are pedigreed with the most expensive educations. Makes me wonder, though: If these people are so doggone smart, why are we so doggone broke.
Yes, they do make me puke. I’m sick of all of them - especially my home grown ones.
“Stuff It!” Perfect choice of words for O’l David
She’s a smart woman. That’s why she had to be destroyed.
Or as Mark Levin says, "Waste of a carbon footprint!"
She certainly does not look nor sound destroyed. No, she isn't running for president, but I don't think that was her primary aim. (She said so, she wrote so, and I believed her. The odds against her were just too big.) She wants to help restore the US, and she will work as hard as ever to do that. She will not "just" give speeches, but when she does, she is still on top of her game. Now, let's not make this a pro/con SP thread, but return to our venerable elitist: David Brooks.
“His Highness David Brooks slams Herman Cain: “Running for office is a job for professionals.””
I disagree - we’ve had quite enough of them.
Cain is, however, a fellow with more professional executive chops than anyone in the front line of that paean to amateur incompetence that is the current administration. If governing is for professionals then most of that gaggle of self-regarding fools ought to find a pink slip on their desks come Monday morning, and the country would be vastly better off for it.
But Brooks has touched, albeit unknowingly, on the real problem with American politics at the moment - our government is composed not of professionals at executive administration, but professionals at campaigning, and what Brooks is finding inadequate about Cain is that he is not a professional at running for office. Shall we describe that sort of professional? He or she is an expert at the rousing speech full of vague generalities, at the perpetration of illusion, at manipulation of public image through the media, at accusation, ridicule and lies, at striking a heroic pose with the substance of a coward, at convincing the gullible that failed promises are only another election away from fulfillment, at cunning slander, duplicity, mendacity, and shameless exploitation of office and public funds for no better purpose than self-aggrandizement and its perpetuation. That is the sort of "professionalism" Brooks so admires in 0bama and in the Clintons before him. Public office is for that sort of blot on human dignity? Yes, actually, it is, and that's what has become wrong with public office.
What's wrong with Brooks is that he feels that the same circumstances apply to political commentary, or more precisely, political commentators, as well. That is why Rush Limbaugh so infuriates the suits in front of the camera, and why contributors to Free Republic meet a wall of horrified disdain when they manage to force into the public eye a matter the professional commentariat have declined to address. To Brooks the American public is a flock of sheep in search of a professional shepherd, and although we do act like that with distressing frequency it's a very dangerous metaphor, because we're not when it comes down to it. And it has.