Another whole column devoted to pretending the complete failure of every Conservative policy for the last 30 years has nothing to do with our problems today?
Another column lecturing the poor and hectoring imaginary Liberals and their imaginary inability to be as insightful and sensitive about values and morals as Our Mr. Brooks?
The depressing lesson of the last few weeks is that the public debate is dominated by people who stopped thinking in 1975.See, I didn't realize we were having a "public debate": I thought one side had just gone completely bugfuck, and the other, sensible, rational side was being aggressively ignored by the liars and hucksters in the middle in fvor of another fatuous lecture on Centrism.
Anyway, that is how the opening coda of my little essay was to have read, but the truth is, having fiddled with it on and off for a few hours, I tossed it in the trash just after watching Chris Matthews slobbering over Andrew Sullivan's "Brilliant! Brilliant! Just brilliant!" pronouncements regarding women's reproductive issues (because who better to opine about about women and birth control that America's leading gay Catholic Tory?).
Because deconstructing the silly, destructive nonsense or people like Mr. Brooks today -- no matter how well told or insightful or interleaved with tasty facts my finished product might have been -- seemed as pointless as standing in my back yard firing toy arrows at the Moon.