Saturday, August 26, 2017

David Brooks Goes Back To Being Awful


Having donned his buckskins and revived his "Touching Indians" tour long enough to toss off a column about the mountains and the prairies and the whole rest of that song, Friday evening Mr. David Brooks of The New York Times suited back up in proper Serious Beltway Thought-Leader attire and returned to being awful.

His venue of choice?

PBS, one of Mr. Brooks's Happy Places, where no one would dream of coming within a parsec of violating the Beltway Iron Rule of David Brooks.

At first, Mr. Brooks just sat a wincing, morose shiva for his Republican Party, which was fine as far as it went.  And if he had just stopped here --
DAVID BROOKS: ... I think we’re a little clearer on where the Republican Party is.
You know, the Trump campaign began really seriously with the Muslim ban. It continued with a series of racial things about the wall. It continued Charlottesville and the reactions. And what’s happened is the racial winking and content, the identity politics has become a rising motif in the Trump administration, especially as everything else including economic policy and economic populism has fallen away.

And that’s meant the Republican Party or at least some portion of it, and I don’t know how big, has become more of a white ethnic party, ethnic nationalist party. That has made life impossible for a lot of people who signed up as Republicans but didn’t sign up for this. And we’ve had fights within Republicans on a lot of different issues on taxes, on wars and things like that.

But this is upon which parties break apart because you can’t Republican — if the Republican Party becomes a party aligned with bigotry in some overt way or in any way, you can’t be a Republican and try to be a decent person and be a part of it. And I’ve watched within my friends here in Washington, friendships ending in a way I never really seen before. And friendship ending I think in the evangelical world, friendships are ending.

And Senator Danforth had an op-ed today and Gary Cohn is put in this position. And so, what you’re seeing is a hint of a rupture the likes of which I really haven’t seen before.
-- I swear I would not have said a mumblin' word.

But of course, as we know from long experience, Mr. Brooks is completely incapable of stopping there.  Because the central tenet of Mr. Brooks true faith demands that every single fucking atrocity perpetrated by Mr. Brooks' Republican Party must immediately be transmuted into one more cloying, lying sermonette on the Evils of Both Sides.

And so (emphasis added):
DAVID BROOKS...  I just think the Trump administration is going to wander into these fields more and more in the months and years ahead, simply because they don’t have an economic agenda, there’s very small chance of tax reform, they don’t have the populist thing they can bring to people. And so, what they have is this ethnic nationalism. And they are frankly going to be helped sometimes by Democrats or by radicals on the left who are going to deface the Thomas Jefferson statute or do something like that. And then that’s [cat nip] for Donald Trump. He can say they’re defacing Thomas Jefferson.

So, then the identity politics of the left and identity politics play off each other and you get this war of people who think that white and black are the only two categories in life and they should have some sort of political war over this and it begins to look like the Sunnis and Shiites. And as I say, that’s a Republican Party that decent people don’t want to be a part of, frankly.
Make no mistake. telling this particular lie over and over again in every venue on the occasion of every Republican catastrophe is Mr. Brooks' sole job.  Everything else he does is gingerbread and after dinner mints.  Propping up this lie is why the Sulzberger family pays him a king's ransom year after year for writing the same shitty drivel over and over again, year after year.  Propping up this lie is why none of his Very Respectable Beltway colleagues ever dare to question the ridiculous predicate of the shitty drivel he cranks out. over and over again, year after year.

Because this lie -- the Big Lie of Both Sides Do It -- is what keeps them safe.  Keeps them employed.  Keeps the monster they helped to create at arm's-length.

To slightly misquote Michael Corleone, they're all part of the same hypocrisy.  And if this Big Lie ever collapses, they all know that it will take all of them down with it.


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10 comments:

Kevin Holsinger said...

Good evening, Mr. Glass.

Since I know you like to incorporate the latest thing into your posts, Taylor Swift has a new song called, "Look What You Made Me Do."

Look what we made those poor Ever Trumpers do.

Be seeing you.

D. said...

Wait. Did he stop being awful when I was out of town?

Sheeeeeeeeesh. I wonder if anyone told him about the RNC approving a resolution denouncing hate groups. Although he probably thinks it immoral.

steeve said...

"at least some portion of it, and I don’t know how big, has become more of a white ethnic party"

He literally doesn't know it's possible to find answers to things. Finding out the answer to his own question doesn't even enter his head as an option.

trgahan said...

I think what hurts the most is THIS is what passes as "serious analysis" among "serious people" when it would barely get a C in a Poly Sci class at the most marginal college.

and this time could have been used so much more constructively.

keith gargus said...

I'm glad you read Bobo's bullshit so I don't have to. Broad shoulders DG. The silver lining may be that he hasn't picked up 'alt-left' yet.

dave said...

both siding nazis is where brooks is going? kind of 'house of cards' -some would say but i cannot say...

'And they are frankly going to be helped sometimes by Democrats or by radicals on the left who are going to deface the Thomas Jefferson statute or do something like that. And then that’s [cat nip] for Donald Trump. He can say they’re defacing Thomas Jefferson.'

those beautiful statues and SOME you like because all statues are threatened by extremism on both sides??

the last but first thing that brooks wants is to be the story, the the reasonable voice explaining the story...and he is. not reasonable but the story...

Johnny Fever said...

When Brooks writes that the R party "has become more of a white ethnic party, ethnic nationalist party."
He's almost got it right. If he'd say it has become MORE of that sort of party he'd be right. This isn't anything new. It's been that sort of part for 40 years!

And I do have to ask. Exactly where are these " fights within Republicans on a lot of different issues on taxes, on wars" that's he's talking about??

jim said...

DFB appears to be doing circa Mach 4 on some VERY boutique pharmaceuticals.

Modesty's one hell of an opiate.

stratocruiser said...

I may be mis-remembering, but didn't DFB swear off political commentary last week?

John said...

Ah, I just opened my NY Times. And, guess what, multiculturalist Democrats are the reason that Republicans have gone all K.K.K.

Oh, and the National Review never had any racism associated with it.

And Progressives give voice to more racist talk than Conservatives.

I'm glad that's all sorted out now. (And I'm not even half-way through the column!)