More than a century before David Brooks was born, Abraham Lincoln was calling bullshit on Both Siderism:
Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.Because ultimately it isn't how artfully Republicans and their enablers in the Beltway press can spin their disastrous program of nihilism and sabotage on the Sunday shows or in the New York Times that counts.
It is only what they do -- day after day, on the ground -- that counts.
We have chosen to fight for a country that is governed for the good of all of its citizens.
They have chosen to make slow and steady war on that country in the name of killing that idea.
And the war came.