The Liar in Winter.
Future Historians, gleaning the rubble of our civilization looking for clues as to how our free and fair press was smothered by frauds with pillows made of money, will find no more perfect example of what we call a "David Brooks Paragraph" than this fella right here:
Over the past generation we have seen the rise of a group of people who are against politics. These groups — best exemplified by the Tea Party but not exclusive to the right — want to elect people who have no political experience. They want “outsiders.” They delegitimize compromise and deal-making. They’re willing to trample the customs and rules that give legitimacy to legislative decision-making if it helps them gain power.
Mr. Brooks would like to write another column about how the Republican Party has lost its damn mind. Unfortunately, Mr. Brooks is a Conservative -- arguably the most famous and ubiquitous Conservative in America -- who has spent his entire career in the service of the Republican monstrosity his Party has become. It's his child and he has spent most of his adult life feeding it, wiping its ass, covering up for it and bailing it out of jail over and over again. He and his powerful friends had a decades-long agreement to look the other way as it grew from a bratty child to a full-blown fire-starting sociopath, while Mr. Brooks used his privileged position in the media to deflect any criticism of his devil baby and to mock the shit out of anyone who told the truth about it.
And then the beast -- now full grown, breathing fire and stomping every silly little Burkean antique on Mr. Brooks's knick-knack shelf to atoms -- came home. And Mr. Brooks stood on the lawn of his burning house -- a house his thousands of lies about his bastard child had paid for -- and declared that he had no sons.
He had three whiskered things but he disowned them.
You're not mine! We're not connected! I deny you! None of you will get my crown, I leave you nothing and I wish you plague! May all your children breach and die!
And thus we come to the main, load-bearing lie at the center of Mr. Brooks' column. The same lie he has been getting rich peddling for years. The one from which he will hang all the little lies which pad out his latest Both Siderist drivel
These groups — best exemplified by the Tea Party but not exclusive to the right — want to elect people who have no political experience.
No, Mr. Brooks. There are no terrible and powerful but somehow unnameable "groups" out there on Left who are certifiably insane and have sworn blood oaths to never compromise and to scorch the Earth if they don't get 100% of what they want. That is a coward's lie and you damn well know it. There is also no "Tea Party". In fact, there is no one out there smashing up the place except the same unhinged mob who have always been out there: the rage-drunk, paranoid, bigoted base of your Republican Party, behaving in exactly the way they were taught to behave by the big brains in your Conservative movement.
But this fact is the Weirding word for "death" in the Beltway Xanadu where Mr. Brooks and his collaborators reside, so it must never, ever be spoke aloud. Which is why Mr. David Brooks -- the world's most ubiquitous Conservative Public Intellectual, globe-trotting lecturer on character and humility and Patient Zero of Republican Detachment Disorder -- managed to write an entire fucking column about the madness which has killed his Republican Party...
...without mentioning the word "Republican" at all.
They want “outsiders"They delegitimize...They’re willing to trample...they don’t recognize other people...They suffer from a form of political narcissism...they don’t accept the legitimacy of...They don’t recognize restraints.They want total victories for themselves and their doctrine.The antipolitics people elect legislators who have no political skills or experience...The antipolitics people don’t accept...They make soaring promises and raise ridiculous expectations...The antipolitics people refuse compromise...
Ultimately the fault for all of this does not with David Brooks, who is nothing more than a weak and cowardly man who has found success by groveling on behalf of the plutocracy more diligently and devoutly than the rest of his peers.
The fault for all of this lies with everyone else in the media who does not laugh in his face, take away his keyboard and cut off his mic every time he starts to blather his drivel, and those in the general public who lovingly retweet this journalistic syphilis hundreds of times, passing it along as if it were the received wisdom of the Gautama Buddha.
I've come to appreciate the honest opinion of David Brooks. Enjoy & Share. The Governing Cancer of Our Time https://t.co/vTJHgSaJIs— Brian Pierce (@techboss56) February 26, 2016
As NYT David Brooks notes eloquently, The Donald is the GOP's just desserts - 30 yrs finally coming home to roost https://t.co/TEtbTKcPVu— J Walker Smith (@jwalkersmith) February 26, 2016