out of cliches left over from 100 other identically mediocre columns, Our Mr. Brooks has struck again:
This historical pattern
has been universally acknowledged
and universally ignored.Instead, leaders
in both parties
have clung to the analogy...
The Democrats, besotted by the myth
that the New Deal ended the Great Depression,
have consistently overestimated...Republicans,
who should know better,
also have an inflated sense of...
should be learning
about the limits
of social policy.
should be reflecting
on the fact that if a Republican president
were in office right now,
and even if he or she did sensible things
seem to think that government
has the power to protect them
from the consequences of their sins.
You know, I write about Mr. Brooks frequently because he is without question the single most powerful and shadow-casting practitioner of the dark art of lazy, incestuous, cheapjack Centrist punditry that is suffocating our culture under mile after smothering mile of tepid, Villager establishmentarian treacle.
And yet as I move from reading his empty, bloodless, word-tapioca blattings to writing about them for this blog, the realization that, in a country where 1 in 6 of my fellow citizens live below the poverty line, Our Mr. Brooks is actually paid -- actually, richly rewarded with money, privilege and social cache -- for the act of cranking out 1,600 words worth of this forgettable, poisonous tripe every week still just knocks me out.
Every single time.