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  • The Underlying Tragedy (David Brooks, in NYT, makes same point about Haiti as Limbaugh)

    01/15/2010 10:55:06 AM PST · by dead · 5 replies · 867+ views
    NY Times ^ | Published: January 14, 2010 | DAVID BROOKS
    On Oct. 17, 1989, a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck the Bay Area in Northern California. Sixty-three people were killed. This week, a major earthquake, also measuring a magnitude of 7.0, struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Red Cross estimates that between 45,000 and 50,000 people have died. This is not a natural disaster story. This is a poverty story... The first of those truths is that we don’t know how to use aid to reduce poverty. Over the past few decades, the world has spent trillions of dollars to generate growth in the developing world. The countries...
  • Noemie Emery: Obama's Education of Little Use to His Presidency

    01/15/2010 9:00:25 AM PST · by betty boop · 70 replies · 1,403+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 13, 2010 | Noemie Emery
    David Brooks notes that in the last year, something dire has happened: The public has turned decisively against the "educated classes" and all of their works. At the same time, it has also moved against Barack Obama, who began his term with approval ratings that bumped up against 70, and have now sunk to the high to mid-40s, with "strongly disapprove" ratings that rival those of George W. Bush at his worst. It has also moved strongly against his — and the educated classes' — ideas. It is more pro-life, more anti-climate change, more free market, less statist, more inclined...
  • Noemie Emery: Obama's education of little use to his presidency

    01/13/2010 5:27:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 16 replies · 721+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 13, 2010 | Noemie Emery
    David Brooks notes that in the last year, something dire has happened: The public has turned decisively against the "educated classes" and all of their works. At the same time, it has also moved against Barack Obama, who began his term with approval ratings that bumped up against 70, and have now sunk to the high to mid-40s, with "strongly disapprove" ratings that rival those of George W. Bush at his worst. It has also moved strongly against his -- and the educated classes' -- ideas. It is more pro-life, more anti-climate change, more free market, less statist, more inclined...
  • David Brooks: Public disgust powers up the tea party movement

    01/09/2010 7:06:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 1,921+ views
    The Oregonian / The New York Times ^ | January 9, 2010 | David Brooks
    The United States opens this decade in a sour mood. First, Americans are anxious about the future. Sixty-one percent of Americans believe their country is in decline, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey. Only 27 percent feel confident that their children's generation will be better off than they are. Second, Americans have lost faith in their institutions. During the great moments of social reform, at least 60 percent of Americans trusted government to do the right thing most of the time. Now, only a quarter have that kind of trust. The country is evenly divided about President...
  • Band of Brooks Brothers

    01/07/2010 7:34:33 AM PST · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 535+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | January 7, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Band of Brooks Brothers Malcolm A. Kline, January 7, 2010 When you make a rapid ascent from college classroom to metro newsroom, you may miss a lot. Plucked from the University of Chicago by none other than William F. Buckley himself to toil at National Review, David Brooks then made a dazzling climb up the editorial ladder to where he is perched today at the New York Times. In the course of his career, he might have overlooked some pivotal trends in America. “The public is not only shifting from left to right,” he wrote in a recent column. “Every...
  • An elite skewering

    01/05/2010 8:06:08 PM PST · by Hayrider · 2 replies · 316+ views
    The Hayride ^ | 1/5/2010 | MacAoidh
    Among the many issues we focus on within the pages of this blog are the worthiness – or lack thereof – of the elites here in America and elsewhere in the Western world. It is our contention here at the Hayride that elite status must be maintained through merit and quality; if elites do not reflect the best values and traditions of a society then either they aren’t actually the elites or the society as a whole is in the process of rejecting its best values and traditions – with steep decline an inevitable result.
  • David Brooks:"I probably am the squishiest conservative on the face of the earth"

    01/01/2010 4:15:58 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 24 replies · 941+ views
    All Things Considered ^ | December 25th | David Brooks ( pull quote )
    Mr. BROOKS: Well, we did have Afghanistan, which is sort of bipartisan. I do think when he gets his substantive policy grounds correct, you can actually create bipartisanship. I probably am the squishiest conservative on the face of the earth, but even I couldn't stomach the stimulus bill or the health-care bill. So, the policy just wasn't there for any kind of centrist alternative.
  • NYT Columnist David Brooks calls Sarah Palin a “joke”

    11/15/2009 4:34:32 PM PST · by Publius772000 · 41 replies · 1,799+ views
    The Constitutional Alamo ^ | 11/15/09 | Michael Naragon
    McCain standard bearer and “conservative” columnist David Brooks launched his own salvo at actual conservative Sarah Palin on ABC’s This Week, joining other bitter RINOs who have attacked the former Alaska governor in recent days. If I may channel Chandler Bing for a moment: “Can he be any more elitist?” Perhaps Brooks hasn’t seen the Amazon sales lists, the thousands attending her book signings, or, for that matter, the book sales list published by his own worthless rag. Remember, folks, this is the same guy who talked about how great John McCain was as a candidate and the very same...
  • David Brooks Calls Sarah Palin a "Joke" and "Potential Talk Show Host" - Video

    11/15/2009 3:31:08 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 79 replies · 2,317+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 15, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of David Brooks on ABC's "This Week" saying Sarah Palin is a "joke" and calling her a "potential talk show host." Brooks said "I just can't take her seriously" and said "the idea that this potential talk show host is considered seriously for the Republican nomination, believe me it will never happen." (Video)
  • What Independents Want

    11/06/2009 2:44:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 594+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 5, 2009 | DAVID BROOKS
    Liberals and conservatives each have their own intellectual food chains. They have their own think tanks to provide arguments, politicians and pundits to amplify them, and news media outlets to deliver streams of prejudice-affirming stories. Independents, who are the largest group in the electorate, don’t have any of this... --snip-- The most telling races this year were the suburban rebellions across the country. For example, in Westchester and Nassau counties in New York, Republican candidates came from nowhere to defeat entrenched Democratic county officials. In blue Pennsylvania, the G.O.P. won six out of seven statewide offices... --snip-- The percentage of...
  • David Brooks Writes About Kinky Cell Sex

    11/03/2009 5:24:49 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies · 788+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | November 3, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    The next time you read or hear a member of the mainstream media complaining about how much of the blogosphere engages in lurid sensationalism and is not to be taken seriously, then just point them today's New York Times column, Cellphones, Texts, and Lovers, written by house "conservative" David Brooks. Yes, today is election day in several parts of the country but Brooks shuns any analysis of these races in favor of delving into the lurid world of cellphone sex from the pages of the Times opinion section which, with his column, reads more like something lifted from a sleazy...
  • The Reality Moment

    10/16/2009 9:19:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies · 978+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 16, 2009 | David Brooks
    Britain has hit its reality moment. The Brits are ahead of us when it comes to public indebtedness and national irresponsibility. Spending has been out of control for longer and in a more sustained way. But in that country, the climate of opinion has turned. There, voters are ready for a politician willing to face reality. And George Osborne, who would become the chancellor of the Exchequer in the likely event that his Conservative Party wins the next election, has aggressively seized the moment. In a party conference address earlier this month, Osborne gave the speech that an American politician...
  • Beck and Brooks Agree: The Party is Over

    10/16/2009 11:26:56 AM PDT · by Ruby Slippers · 6 replies · 1,422+ views
    Ruby Slippers ^ | 10/16/09 | Mary Sue
    Though he would be loathe to admit it, David Brooks agrees with Glenn Beck. Consider the opening of his op-ed today, Brooks writes: That which can’t continue doesn’t. A nation can spend and spend, pile debt upon debt, but eventually there comes a reality moment when some leader emerges to say enough is enough and when decent people, looking around at themselves and their own best nature, respond by demanding a return to responsibility. Now consider the portion of the Glenn Beck show yesterday the left is having a bit of fun laughing at:
  • The Myth Of Conservative Strength In The GOP

    10/07/2009 11:44:28 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 57 replies · 1,971+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | 2009-10-02 | Daniel Larison
    David Brooks ruins a good argument with this: Back in 2006, they [talk radio hosts] threatened to build a new majority on anti-immigration fervor. Republicans like J.D. Hayworth and Randy Graf, both of Arizona, built their House election campaigns under that banner. But these two didn’t march to glory. Both lost their campaigns. This is at best misleading. It remains true that immigration restriction will never win elections on its own, and it is also true that candidates who present themselves as nothing other than restrictionists are not going to win in the absence of any other compelling message. Hayworth...
  • David Brooks On Meet The Press:Beck, Rush Limbaugh And Mark Levin "Loons, Harmful To America"(Video)

    10/04/2009 10:50:27 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 25 replies · 1,344+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 10/5/09 | talkradio03
    NYtimes wizard of smart David Brooks on Meet the Press can't help himself, he goes after Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin as "Loons, harmful to America"....what a disgrace
  • Why We Are Ignored

    10/04/2009 7:10:26 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 12 replies · 700+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | October 4, 2009 | Walter Scott Hudson
    Allow me to cut past the prologue and skip to the climax: we are ignored because we have allowed ourselves to be ignored. We are ignored because we have bought into the lie that our total civic duty is fulfilled on election day. We are ignored because we have allowed our ire to disperse through a radiator of infotainment and token political involvement which do nothing to slow the gears of despotism. We are ignored because we are too busy, too cynical, or too lazy to get involved in a meaningful way. We are now seeing the results. My challenge...
  • Hugh Hewitt: "Defending the American Dream Summit" and David Brooks

    10/02/2009 3:27:12 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies · 678+ views
    The Hugh Hewitt Show ^ | October 2, 2009 | Hugh Hewitt
    ...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...
  • David Brooks Attacks Conservative 'Talk Jocks'

    10/02/2009 4:37:08 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies · 1,629+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | October 2, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    If you want to become a house "conservative" for the New York Times, the prime rule is that you must treat Rush Limbaugh as well as other talk radio conservatives with utter disdain. In fact it is pretty much a job requirement at the Times as the other house "conservative" there, the conspicuously inconspicuous Ross (Whothat?) Douthat, knows full well when he slammed Limbaugh at the Atlantic magazine a few months before enduring obscurity at the Gray Whale. The main house "conservative" at the Times, David Brooks, took time from from his "bromantic" stares at Barack Obama's finely creased pant...
  • Obama policies pitting populists against progressives (Are Equals to David Brooks)

    09/18/2009 10:46:16 PM PDT · by pissant · 9 replies · 774+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/19/09 | David Brooks
    You wouldn't know it to look at me, but I go running several times a week. My favorite route, because it's so flat, is from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol and back. I was there last Saturday and found myself plodding through tens of thousands of anti-government “tea party” protesters. They were carrying “Don't Tread on Me” flags and signs condemning big government, Barack Obama, socialist health care and various elite institutions. Then, as I got to where the Smithsonian museums start, I came across another rally, the Black Family Reunion Celebration. Several thousand people had gathered to...
  • Times columnist David Brooks exposes “left” supporters of Obama health plan

    09/12/2009 5:56:24 PM PDT · by ResistorSister · 42 replies · 1,720+ views
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | 12 September 2009 | By Joe Kishore
    "Obama delivered the finest speech of his presidency," Brooks begins. "Best of all for those who admire the political craft," he continues, "was the speech's seductive nature and careful ambiguity. Obama threw out enough rhetorical chum to keep the liberals happy, yet he subtly staked out ground in the center on nearly every substantive issue in order to win over the moderates needed to get anything passed." In other words, Obama's speech was bookended by lies and phony concern for the uninsured and the elderly, while the substance was thoroughly right-wing. "First, Obama rested the credibility of his presidency on...