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David Brooks: ĎIt has been the worst campaign Iíve ever coveredí
The Daily Caller ^ | 10/28/12 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 10/28/2012 6:18:06 PM PDT by markomalley

On this weekend’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” New York Times columnist David Brooks — who was once profoundly impressed with President Barack Obama — admitted he has soured on the president.

“Well, you know, I think — well, I first think it has been the worst campaign I’ve ever covered,” Brooks said. “And I think they’re both ending on the same note they started. Obama’s doing a negative campaign. He’s got an ad out which is called ‘Remember,’ which is about Obama — which is about Romney, the plutocrat. It’s about the flip-flop what we’ve just heard on the stump. So it’s almost pure negativity.”

“Romney is finishing, trying to appeal to moderates, trying to appeal to women, which is a bipartisan ad which is saying, you know, ‘I don’t care if it’s a Republican idea or Democratic idea, I’m going to be for that.’ And, you know, so he has shape shift. That’s not who he is. That’s not who his policies are. So I regard this is an ad, as a campaign that has answered none of our fundamental issues about both these guys, how they would govern for next four years. And they are finishing as badly as they started.”

Brooks’ NPR “All Things Considered” liberal counterpart, E.J. Dionne, was also a guest on “Meet the Press” and showed he was equally sour on Romney, although he wasn’t willing to concede Brooks’ point on Obama.

“See, I disagree with David,” Dionne said. “I think this election is a fundamental choice, and I think the trust issue links closely with the economic issue. Romney is almost one as a product. It’s like if you’re selling a car — you want air conditioning, I’ll give you air conditioning. You want rich, Corinthian leather, remember those old ads, I’ll give you leather. Romney is saying you want right-wing in the primary, I’ll give you that. You want centrist in the election, I’ll give you that.”

“And the auto rescue is a good example where he was clearly against it and in the debate, trying to suggest that he was for it,” Dionne continued. “And I think it’s entirely appropriate that the auto rescue has been so important to Obama running so well in Ohio, because it’s really a choice. Either government should just sit by and let the market do its thing, or government can come in and correct certain market outcomes and prevent catastrophe. That is the kind of choice we face in this election.”

Brooks attempted to counter Dionne’s defense of Obama, leading to the following exchange:

BROOKS: I mean, if you want to talk about trust, what Obama is talking about on the trail, first of all, there’s no second term agenda. Second, when he goes off the record with the Des Moines Register last week, he gives out a second term agenda which is nothing like what he’s been talking about on the trail.
DIONNE: That’s not true. It’s not true at all.
BROOKS: OK, wait. So let’s talk about cutting corporate tax rates, talking about weeding out immigration.
DIONNE: He said that all along.
BROOKS: He’s talked about immigration reform which he’s not talked about much in public.
DIONNE: Yes, he has.
BROOKS: And he’s talked about a grand bargain with cutting spending $2.50 for every dollar of tax revenue. That’s a much…
DIONNE: Which is his proposal he’s put on the table.
BROOKS: … that — that is not what he’s been running on.



TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: davidbrooks; obama

1 posted on 10/28/2012 6:18:06 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Must be because neither candidate had a nice crease in their pants.


2 posted on 10/28/2012 6:19:16 PM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: markomalley

I have absolutely no doubt that Conservative David Brooks will be voting for Obama (again).


3 posted on 10/28/2012 6:20:27 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: markomalley
Brooks’ NPR “All Things Considered” liberal counterpart, E.J. Dionne

NPR showing balance - very liberal vs. very very liberal.

4 posted on 10/28/2012 6:20:41 PM PDT by dead (It ain't over until the phone lady sings.)
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To: markomalley

I really don’t know why either of these clowns (Brooks or Dionne) fears Romney.

I’m all in for Mitt and Paul, but all of us on here know that Romney will govern from the middle. It’s who he is.

And frankly EJ Dionne and the Dems loved a pragmatic flip flopper when his name was Bill Clinton.


5 posted on 10/28/2012 6:21:14 PM PDT by SteveAustin
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To: markomalley

Brooks is as bad as E. J. Dionne. They are both liars. They are both liberals. How anyone can call David Brooks a conservative is beyond me. He is a liberal through and through. His comments on Romney are contemptible.


6 posted on 10/28/2012 6:21:19 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: markomalley
I realize this is sort of a cliche...

I've heard of these two guy's, but could care less what they think or really what they actually do.

I view them as dinosaurs in a bubble...of their own making. And their opinions mean squat to me.

7 posted on 10/28/2012 6:25:36 PM PDT by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: markomalley

You’re disappointed by his campaign,Mr Brooks...those of us who don’t live in Tribeca or on the Upper West Side are disappointed by his *job performance*.Very,*very* disappointed.


8 posted on 10/28/2012 6:26:06 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: tips up

Nice to see 2 liberals so upset with only 8 days to go. Romney must be winning.


9 posted on 10/28/2012 6:31:17 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: markomalley
"E.J. Dionne, was also a guest on “Meet the Sesame Street Press”"
10 posted on 10/28/2012 6:32:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: markomalley

What would we do without Brooks to argue our side for us?


11 posted on 10/28/2012 6:38:53 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: markomalley

The post-election mea culpas have begun in earnest.


12 posted on 10/28/2012 6:44:14 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: Osage Orange
I realize this is sort of a cliche...

I've heard of these two guy's, but could care less what they think or really what they actually do.

Very true. It is a cliche. But it could have been profound had you'd just have spelled it this way:

I've heard of these two guys, but couldn't care less what they think or really what they actually do.

Instead it comes off as if you are just repeating some words you heard once, and have no understanding of their meaning. Eh. English is a dying language anyway.

13 posted on 10/28/2012 6:44:57 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: markomalley

Any moment now, they’re going to get into a fight, slapping each other with their man-purses.


14 posted on 10/28/2012 7:01:40 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: markomalley

Brooks is a drone in the collectivist hive..
Just watched Whoraldo with the traitor Gen Kean making excuses for Zero..

Kean said no C130 was available.. he Lied.. to Whoraldo.. who wanted to believe it..
A C130 can fly at 400 mph and was 600 miles away..
that is if one was not in the area all along.. which was possible..

The collectivists will pull out all stops on this one..
They are into extreme obfuscation NOW...


15 posted on 10/28/2012 7:07:19 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’m with you on the apostrophe but think you’re out to lunch on the could/couldn’t care less thing.


16 posted on 10/28/2012 7:08:06 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: dead
Brooks’ NPR “All Things Considered” liberal counterpart, E.J. Dionne


17 posted on 10/28/2012 7:09:28 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: markomalley

Brooks is a condescending, elitist jerk. Hate the guy with a passion. But this is kind of funny, because he’s obviously just despondent his beloved Obama is faring so poorly.

But I can’t deny, I’ve also found this whole campaign season incredibly dreary and unengaging. Being a political junkie going back to Reagan’s first-term win, I’ve always found them exciting and invigorating. But not this time. The primaries, the conventions, the debates, have all been a big turn-off. Can’t even stand to listen to the pathetic blatherings of the pundits. Just seems like an anticlimax, after all the 2010 tea parties.


18 posted on 10/28/2012 7:13:40 PM PDT by greene66
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To: markomalley

Isn’t David Brooks the poofter who had an orgasm over the crease in candidate Ubama’s Dockers?


19 posted on 10/28/2012 7:14:57 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: hosepipe

Saw that too! That General
Keane is a b....hitter!
To quote another treasonous A**hole!


20 posted on 10/28/2012 7:15:16 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Yardstick
"I could care less" means it is possible to care less than I do. Grammatically, that equals "I care."

"I couldn't care less" means it is not possible to care less than I do. That equals "I don't care."

So which is the one you wish convey? Do you care or don't you? It matters. Now I'm off to lunch, thank you for the idea. Now speak straight. :^)

21 posted on 10/28/2012 7:38:09 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: markomalley

Dionne needs to be in prison.


22 posted on 10/28/2012 7:39:19 PM PDT by gotribe (He's a mack-daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV415yit7Zg)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Yew sho’ tawk funnie.


23 posted on 10/28/2012 7:45:05 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Why do cops have more lenient ROEs when facing us than troops in combat facing suicidal islamists?)
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24 posted on 10/28/2012 7:47:34 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=om93destr)
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To: Repeat Offender

Aw, shucks....


25 posted on 10/28/2012 8:08:38 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Osage Orange
I've heard of these two guy's, but could couldn't care less what they think or really what they actually do.
27 posted on 10/28/2012 8:51:23 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: tips up

“Must be because neither candidate had a nice crease in their pants.”

Exactly!

And he probably saw that interview with the Romneys where Ann said she buys Mitt shirts at Costco and he admitted he wears them.

THE HORROR!!!!!


28 posted on 10/28/2012 11:38:41 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yes, he is. Sooooo stupid. It was Brooks with the pants and Noonan with the temperament and Christopher Buckley with both, I think.


29 posted on 10/28/2012 11:44:09 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Cyber Liberty
But it could have been profound had you'd just have spelled it this way:

I dunno....but the sentence above that you wrote to me..is torture. And yet you are bagging on me.

LOL!!

Mistakes happen..........Be of good cheer!!

30 posted on 10/29/2012 8:54:23 AM PDT by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: Isabel C.
How do you know if I could care less...or I couldn't care less?

Ha!!!

31 posted on 10/29/2012 8:56:18 AM PDT by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Well, to me it’s really a matter of style, not of logic, since everyone knows what the phrase means in either case. It comes down to “I couldn’t care less” being kind of clunky sounding, whereas “I could care less” is svelt and snappy. Using “I couldn’t care less” is kinda like driving 55 mph just because the sign says to.


32 posted on 10/30/2012 3:02:26 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Osage Orange

LOL. Two “hads.” Me bad two.


33 posted on 10/30/2012 5:53:30 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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