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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...
  • Leave Van Jones Alone (by Republican Columnist, Reihan Salam)

    09/08/2009 5:43:24 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 55 replies · 2,878+ views
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/08/2009 | Reihan Salam
    What do the liberal Jones and conservative Virginia statehouse candidate Bob McDonnell have in common? Ideas—and that's costing them their careers. Plus, Glenn Beck's next targets. My guess is that Van Jones and Bob McDonnell aren't the closest of friends. One is an African-American activist from the progressive left, who's spent much of his adult life in inner-city Oakland fighting The Man; the other is a white middle-aged pro-life Catholic Republican, who has long represented The Man in the deep-red Sunbelt suburbs of Virginia. But I'd recommend that Jones and McDonnell get in touch. Over the past few weeks, both...
  • David Brooks' Broken 'Bromance' With Obama...for Now

    09/01/2009 6:29:08 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies · 1,164+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 1, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    This is a love story that has inspired a paean. In fact, to call it mere "love" does not do justice to it. It is a special political love so intense that The New Republic has called it a "bromance" in a story titled, "The Courtship: The story behind the Obama-Brooks bromance" by Gabriel Sherman. Watch how the hot sparks instantly fly at their first meeting: In the spring of 2005, New York Times columnist David Brooks arrived at then-Senator Barack Obama’s office for a chat. Brooks, a conservative writer who joined the Times in 2003 from The Weekly Standard,...
  • The Obama Slide

    09/01/2009 5:40:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies · 1,653+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 31, 2009 | David Brooks
    Two tides swept over American politics last winter. The first was the Obama tide. Barack Obama came into office with an impressive 70 percent approval rating. The second was the independent tide. Over the first months of this year, the number of people who called themselves either Democrats or Republicans declined, while the number who called themselves independents surged ahead. Obama’s challenge was to push his agenda through a Democratic-controlled government while retaining the affection of the 39 percent of Americans in the middle. The administration hasn’t been able to pull it off. From the stimulus to health care, it...
  • The obligatory “David Brooks really impressed with Obama’s pants” post (ultra-barf)

    08/31/2009 7:14:47 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 31 replies · 1,637+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 31, 2009 | Allahpundit
    If it’s not Frum and Bruce Bartlett demanding greater outreach from Republicans while sneering at them at every turn, it’s Brooks breaking his arms patting himself on the back for being an intellectual … who happens to find political portent in how well Barack Obama irons his pants. That first encounter is still vivid in Brooks’s mind. “I remember distinctly an image of–we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks says, “and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.”...
  • NYT's Brooks on Obama guru Axelrod: “he was who I wanted to be...a hero” and more in TNR interview

    08/31/2009 2:44:46 PM PDT · by jeltz25 · 20 replies · 883+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 8/31/2009 | Gabriel Sherman
    Saw this article on supposed conservative intelletcual David Brooks and it was nauseating. This guy is the chief conservative columnist at the NYT and he makes Chris Matthews look like an amateur in his love for all things Obama. Among his greatest hits: That first encounter is still vivid in Brooks’s mind. “I remember distinctly an image of--we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks says, “and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.” In the fall of 2006,...
  • Who's Insane? (Why it's faux conservative David Brooks, that' who!)

    08/09/2009 10:44:10 PM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies · 1,370+ views
    Powerline ^ | 8/9/2009 | John Hinderaker
    All of this morning's television news talk shows focused on health care. On Meet the Press, David Gregory interviewed a panel that included David Brooks....Here is part of the dialogue that ensued: MR. GREGORY: Republicans in office and on the airwaves insist the anger is real, reflecting real fears about a government takeover of the healthcare system. But the rhetoric has become extreme. (Videotape, Thursday) MR. RUSH LIMBAUGH: There are far more similarities between Nancy Pelosi and Adolph Hitler than between these people showing up at town halls to protest a Hitler-like policy. (End videotape) MR. GREGORY:....And we're joined now...
  • David Brooks On MTP: Town Hall Protesters "Crazies" What Rush Limbaugh Is Saying "Insane" (Video)

    08/09/2009 9:25:21 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 18 replies · 641+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 8/1009 | talkradio03
    Nytimes columnist and resident jackass David Brooks smears all the Town Hall protesters voicing their concern against Gov. Run health care as "crazies" then lets MTP quote Rush out of context and calls him insane....What a JA this clown is...
  • David Brooks: 'I Feel Politically Closer to Barack Obama Than to House Minority Leader John Boehner'

    07/25/2009 5:22:34 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 36 replies · 1,232+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 25, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Almost every week at the New York Times, house "conservative" David Brooks and liberal columnist Gail Collins have a public conversation. This week Brooks made a startling admission in The Conversation which really wasn't so surprising when one actually reads his columns. Here is the money quote: At the moment, I feel politically closer to Barack Obama than to House Minority Leader John Boehner (and that’s even while being greatly exercised about the current health care bills).
  • Liberal Suicide March

    07/21/2009 5:18:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 1,895+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 20, 2009 | David Brooks
    ... It’s not that interesting to watch the Democrats lose touch with America. That’s because the plotline is exactly the same. The party is led by insular liberals from big cities and the coasts, who neither understand nor sympathize with moderates. They have their own cherry-picking pollsters, their own media and activist cocoon, their own plans to lavishly spend borrowed money to buy votes. This ideological overreach won’t be any more successful than the last one. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday confirms what other polls have found. Most Americans love Barack Obama personally, but support for Democratic policies...
  • (NY Times David) Brooks: GOP senator touched "my inner thigh"

    07/10/2009 11:15:54 PM PDT · by pissant · 51 replies · 2,519+ views
    Politico ^ | 7/10/09 | GLen Thrush
    Times columnist David Brooks says he has first-hand knowledge of senatorial libidos — referencing an unnamed, presumably male Republican Senator who planted a hand near his personal no-fly zone. Brooks had MSNBC's John Harwood leaping out of his seat earlier today: BROOKS: You know, all three of us spend a lot of time covering politicians and I don’t know about you guys, but in my view, they’re all emotional freaks of one sort or another. They’re guaranteed to invade your personal space, touch you. I sat next to a Republican senator once at dinner and he had his hand on...
  • David Brooks: GOP Senator Had Hand On My Thigh During Dinner

    In today's "That's WAY Too Much Information" segment, New York Times columnist David Brooks claims that while he was dining with a Republican senator, the guy had his hand on Brooks's inner thigh the whole time.
  • You Be Obama

    06/16/2009 9:42:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies · 760+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 15, 2009 | David Brooks
    Let’s say that you are President Obama. You’ve inherited a health care system that is the insane spawn of a team of evil geniuses from an alien power. Pay is divorced from performance. Users are separated from costs. Rising costs threaten to destroy your nation and everything you hold dear. Because you have a lofty perspective on things, you know there are basically two ways to fix this mess. There is the liberal way, in which the government takes over the health care system and decides who gets what. And then there is the conservative way, in which cost-conscious consumers...
  • The Quagmire Ahead (GM)

    06/02/2009 2:57:32 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies · 1,584+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 1, 2009 | David Brooks
    ... G.M.’s core problem is its corporate and workplace culture — the unquantifiable but essential attitudes, mind-sets and relationship patterns that are passed down, year after year. Over the last five decades, this company has progressively lost touch with car buyers, especially the educated car buyers who flock to European and Japanese brands. Over five decades, this company has tolerated labor practices that seem insane to outsiders. Over these decades, it has tolerated bureaucratic structures that repel top talent. [...] As a result, G.M. has steadily lost U.S. market share, from 54 to 19 percent. Consumer Reports now recommends 70...
  • David Brooks Mocks Victims of Obama's Negotiating Techniques; Forgetting His Own Victimhood

    05/26/2009 5:35:00 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 17 replies · 938+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 26, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine if you had read a column written by a victim of Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme mocking people who had also fallen prey to the same financier. That was the feeling your humble correspondent had while reading the column of the New York Times "house conservative" David Brooks making fun of how the Obama Administration arm twists corporations to go along with his economic plans. So let us now watch how Obama's prime journalistic victim has himself a good ol' time laughing at how the administration uses "enhanced negotiating techniques" on corporate victims:
  • David Brooks: Cheney Lost to Bush

    05/22/2009 2:47:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 46 replies · 1,929+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 21, 2009 | David Brooks
    President Obama and Dick Cheney conspired on Thursday to propagate a myth. The myth is that we lived through an eight-year period of Bush-Cheney anti-terror policy and now we have entered a very different period called the Obama-Biden anti-terror policy. As both Obama and Cheney understand, this is a completely bogus distortion of history.
  • Fiscal Suicide Ahead

    05/15/2009 5:37:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies · 1,002+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 14, 2009 | David Brooks
    ... Obama inherited a $1.2 trillion deficit and has quickly pushed it up to $1.8 trillion, a whopping 13 percent of G.D.P. The new debt will continue to mount after the economy recovers. The national debt will nearly double over the next decade. Annual deficits will still hover around 5 percent or 6 percent of G.D.P. in 2019. By that year, interest payments alone on the debt are projected to be $806 billion annually, according to the Congressional Budget Office. ... Unlike just about every other Democrat on the planet, he emphasizes cost control as much as expanding health coverage....
  • David Brooks: The Harlem Miracle

    05/09/2009 10:03:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 1,333+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 8, 2009 | DAVID BROOKS
    The fight against poverty produces great programs but disappointing results. You go visit an inner-city school, job-training program or community youth center and you meet incredible people doing wonderful things. Then you look at the results from the serious evaluations and you find that these inspiring places are only producing incremental gains. That’s why I was startled when I received an e-mail message from Roland Fryer, a meticulous Harvard economist. It included this sentence: “The attached study has changed my life as a scientist.” Fryer and his colleague Will Dobbie have just finished a rigorous assessment of the charter schools...
  • New York Times’ “Conservative” Columnist has Found his Ideal Republican: Obama

    05/06/2009 8:40:42 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 24 replies · 1,285+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | May 6, 2009 | Don Feder
    In an op-ed yesterday, David Brooks — The New York Times’ alleged conservative columnist — claims Republicans’ downward trajectory is due to their devotion to rugged individualism and their neglect of community. ... It seems The New York Times’ conservative lapdog has found his ideal Republican — Barack Hussein Obama.
  • David Brooks: The Long Voyage Home (Punching a GOP Strawman)

    05/05/2009 10:22:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 34 replies · 908+ views
    NYT ^ | 4/5/2009 | David Brooks
    Republicans generally like Westerns. They generally admire John Wayne-style heroes who are rugged, individualistic and brave. They like leaders — from Goldwater to Reagan to Bush to Palin — who play up their Western heritage. Republicans like the way Westerns seem to celebrate their core themes — freedom, individualism, opportunity and moral clarity. But the greatest of all Western directors, John Ford, actually used Westerns to tell a different story. Ford’s movies didn’t really celebrate the rugged individual. They celebrated civic order.... Today, if Republicans had learned the right lessons from the Westerns, or at least John Ford Westerns, they...
  • 'Conservative' David Brooks: Obama Running a 'Professional, Smoothly Functioning Operation'

    04/24/2009 5:44:01 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies · 863+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | April 24, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Let us give the Barack Obama administration credit. They have run a "professional, smoothly running operation" in setting David Brooks' mind right. Back in early March, Brooks demonstrated a bit of independence from the liberal party line in his role as "house conservative" for the New York Times with this outburst: Those of us who consider ourselves moderates — moderate-conservative, in my case — are forced to confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was. His words are responsible; his character is inspiring. But his actions betray a transformational liberalism that should put every centrist...
  • The Top Ten Reasons Conservatism is Dead as Disco!

    04/21/2009 12:02:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies · 2,201+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 21, 2009 | John Hawkins
    First of all, I know this column isn't going to be popular with all the mouth breathing, troglodytic, primitive dittoheads out there. But, facts are facts: conservatives are NEVER, EVER, EVER going to get back into power again. The mainstream media says so, legendary conservative icons like David Frum, Meghan McCain, and David Brooks say so -- and, yes, Democrats in Congress who we should remember soundly beat us in November, say so. So, I think it's time to point out what even completely unbiased political luminaries like Chuck Schumer and Keith Olbermann have been saying since Barack Obama was...
  • The End of Morality

    04/10/2009 4:43:45 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 42 replies · 1,340+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | April 9, 2009 | Logan Gage
    The End of Morality ... Like the Marxist who claims that everything is determined by socio-economic forces (except for himslef who, of course, has no class interest), and the Freudian with his determinant sexual urges and primal psychological forces (except for himself who somehow developed rational psychological theories), the Darwinist is a man at war with himself. For he is engaged in mortal combat with rationality itself...
  • David Brooks: 'The idea that we shouldn't be rooting' for Obama is 'just stupid.'

    04/04/2009 9:52:05 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 24 replies · 1,023+ views
    youtube ^ | 04/04/2009 | Free America
    you gotta love the way this "dumb" old southerner set Mr. Brooks up for this.
  • White House Time Bombs

    04/03/2009 7:30:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies · 1,627+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2009 | David Brooks and Gail Collins
    David Brooks: Gail, have you noticed how many time bombs Barack Obama is laying for himself? He’s dived into all these different policy areas filled with firm resolution, but in case after case, the really hard decisions are postponed until this summer or beyond. For example, the tough calls on the auto bailout will have to be made this summer, after the latest restructuring phase comes to an end. The Afghan war is going to heat up and get much more unpopular this summer with the surge of troops and the run-up to the elections. The health care project will...
  • DAVID BROOKS: Perverse Cosmic Myopia (The author's visual acuity is getting better.)

    03/20/2009 10:33:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,023+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 20, 2009 | DAVID BROOKS
    You’d think if some tiger were lunging at your neck, your attention would be riveted on the tiger. But that’s apparently not how it works in the age of global A.D.D. As a tiger sinks its teeth into the world’s neck, we focus on the dust bunnies under the bed and the floorboards that need replacing on the deck. We live in the world of Perverse Cosmic Myopia, an inability to focus attention on the most perilous... --snip-- But now the short term is really confusing, so leaders take refuge in projects that are years or decades away. The president...
  • The Commercial Republic (and 0's Lawyers and Academics who want to destroy it)

    03/17/2009 11:57:26 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies · 397+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/16/2009 | David Brooks
    Over the centuries, the United States has been most conspicuous for one trait: manic energy. Americans work longer hours than any other people. We switch jobs more frequently, move more often, earn more and consume more. This energy was first aroused by abundance, by the tantalizing sense that dazzling wealth was available just over the next hill. But it has also been sustained by a popular culture that celebrates commercial ambition. From Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton, through Horatio Alger and Norman Vincent Peale, up until Donald Trump and Jim Cramer, popular figures have always emerged to champion the American...
  • 'General' David Brooks Sings Obama Love Ballad

    03/13/2009 5:52:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies · 1,209+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 13, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    It has been only ten days since the New York Times house conservative, David Brooks, suddenly discovered that "Barack Obama is not who we thought he was." As a result, the White House sent out a special team of four high level officials to get Brooks' "mind right." They sure did a terrific job because Brooks, after declaring himself ready to lead a "moderate" army to oppose Obama, performed a sudden U-Turn. The earlier urge to challenge the Obama administration was replaced by strange new respect, especially since David was given his very own talisman chart by his overseers which...
  • 'General' David Brooks Calls Retreat After 3 Days on Political Battlefield

    03/06/2009 4:04:00 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 80 replies · 2,704+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 6, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    "General" David Brooks, the very compliant house conservative of the New York Times, after just three days of bravely volunteering to lead a mighty "moderate" army against the "ideological outrages" of the Barack Obama administration, has now called a hasty retreat with a column that borders on outright apology for daring to oppose the very liberal budget. First let us take trip down memory lane to three days in the past to take a look the battle plan presented by General Brooks following his astounding revelation that most of the non-house conservatives discovered long, long ago:
  • David Brooks Wakes Up Late: 'Barack Obama Is Not Who We Thought He Was'

    03/03/2009 6:41:36 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 60 replies · 2,451+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 3, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Perhaps it is time to award the New York Times house conservative, David Brooks, a kewpie doll for having at long last a very brief moment of mental clarity. Brooks, who has been making a habit lately of bashing conservative Republicans such as Sarah Palin, emerged ever so slightly from his comfortable conventional wisdom cocoon, and discovered that (gasp) "Barack Obama is not who we thought he was." If Brooks had been listening to Rush Limbaugh, whom he continues to detest, on a regular basis he would have made this "astounding discovery" long ago. Brooks begins his op-ed "discovery" by...
  • David Brooks and Rush Limbaugh

    03/03/2009 6:06:39 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 462+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 3/3/09 | Purple Mountains
    A few days ago I published a column by David Brooks, the NY Times token conservative (only the Times would consider Brooks a real conservative) in which he basically lamented that Obama and his people really couldn’t achieve what they have set out to achieve – and we would all be the worse for their failures. In his next column, reprinted below, he goes much farther – becoming distraught because he has perceived that Obama basically lied to the American people in order to fool them into thinking that he was a moderate. Where were you, Mr. Brooks during the...