Dr. Krugman once again o'erleaps the New York Times' propriety privet fence to call his colleague an idiot:
On Thoughtful ConservativesIt is a delight this to see all kindsa people suddenly moving into this shuttered and nearly-abandoned precinct of punditry which I have been walking pretty much alone for the last +10 years/+1000 posts.
Corey Robin has an annotated response to David Brooks’s lament about how conservatives have lost their way. It is, after all, rather odd to talk about the virtues of conservatism-that-was without giving a single example of someone who embodied those supposed virtues. Who’s the poster child for the intellectually humble, incrementalist, humane creed that Brooks says we’ve lost?
Corey Robin says that there never was such a person — and buttresses his case with many quotations from conservative icons across the past couple of generations.
From me in April, 2005:
BoBo pleads for “compromise”. Again.It is discouraging that after over a decade of writing well ahead of the curve, apparently not one of them can be troubled to notice that I exist at all.
Just hold still and we’ll skin you with a better knife.
Short Brooks is Same-As-It-Ever-Was Brooks: Let’s cooperate. You bend over a trifle further and we’ll screw you a bit less brutally.
This from today’s NYT where, owing to forces that I find incomprehensible, David Brooks still draws a paycheck for tasks completely unrelated to filling the vending machines up with fresh cookies and HoHo’s at night. And, yes, I add in a word or two...
Oh well, back to the want ads. I hear long-haul truck-drivers are in demand...