We know where the Republicans of Moderate Disposition are.
They’re in the area around Manchester and Derry and east, west, south and north somewhat.
-- David Brooks, every single fucking day for the last 20 years
Last night, at the Republican caucuses in the already-forgotten state of Iowa, the explicitly theocratic fanatic and serial liar with the dentist's drill voice came in first, the fascist carnival barker and serial liar came in second, and third place went to a hard-core serial liar teabagger and serial liar with who promises to restart the Bush Regime's Imperial Conquest Machines with a vengeance, and torture anyone who looks at him funny.
Or, as Mr, David Brooks of the New York Times wrote it in a column with the most perfectly Brooksian denialist title ("Donald Trump Isn’t Real") I have seen in a long time:
The amazing surge for Marco Rubio shows that the Republican electorate has not gone collectively insane.Wow.
So if Rubio coming in third signals the triumphant return the Conservative Establishment and the reification of Imaginary Republican Moderation which Mr. Brooks has been confidently predicting every fucking week for the last decade --
What happened in Iowa was that some version of normalcy returned to the G.O.P. race.-- what shall we make of Donald Trump coming in second?
[Trump's] concession speech was an act of pathetic self-delusion.Oh. Ok.
And why is this true?
Well, if you cut through all the half-drunk late-night argle bargle about Vince McMahon and the WWF, as near as I can tell, Brooks believes that Trump isn't real and Rubio could be the Second Coming of William Henry Harrison because...
Social inequality is always felt more acutely than economic inequality.Yeah, it doesn't make a lick of sense to me either.
But one thing I can be damn sure of is that, after composing his Battle Hymn of the Moderate Republicans, Mr. Brooks went right back to coping with the massive, ongoing implosion of his Republican party the same way he has coped with every massive, public, humiliating Conservative failure for the last twenty years: lock the door, fire up the home theater, put his copy of "Shy Guy" on infinite loop --
-- and pretend none of it is happening.
Because David Brooks Isn't Real.