Question of the Day:
What Would Edmund Burke Say?By DAVID BROOKS and GAIL COLLINSOCTOBER 21, 2014 9:26 PMOctober 21, 2014 9:26 pm...
Oh! Oh! Call on me! Because I'd be willing to bet that Edmund Burke would approve of David Brooks being fed through a wood chipper.
But hey, that's just me speculating.
What I am certain of is that, other than serving as intellectual camouflage behind which Conservatives could further their long-range project of destroying America's capacity for self governance, Edmund Burke has never had a single fucking thing to do with the actual modern Conservative Movement in whose vanguard David Brooks has loyally and profitably served for the last 30 years.
And for you aficionados out there, it is always mildly entertaining to watch Mr. Brooks react like a bump-n-go toy every gad damn time he brushes up against even the slightest attempt trick him into leaving his Both Sider fetish dungeon and get him to fault the people running his Republican Party -- exclusively and by name -- for any of the horrid things the people running his Republican Party do every single day.
Gail: I suspect you may be right about the outcome. The Democrats are in trouble in states where a large number of people either live in empty places or tell themselves they do. There’s a lot of delusion in this game – we’ve all seen the guy who lives on Social Security and depends on Medicare for his visits to the doctor, yelling that he wants government off his back.David: I’m not sure either party has an agenda.Gail: You don’t think announcing that terrorists are infecting themselves with Ebola and crossing the Mexican border is an agenda?David: As you know I’ve been depressed by the vacuousness of the campaign.
So first comes the denial/deflection/avoidance.
Which is then always and automatically followed by a big, steaming helping of completely unsubstantiated Bother Siderism:
David: ...I sort of agree that Republican proposals on what to do about all this [chronic high poverty and crippling income and opportunity inequality] are less than, er, fully developed, and have not been fully explained. But isn’t it an indictment of the Obama administration that it has made so little progress even on, say, reducing the poverty rate?
Because I'm reasonably certain the person who said "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." would have wanted it that way.