But I probably won't. Brooks' History of Conservatism can be rendered down to --
- Once upon a time there was a 16th Century.
- Burke and Locke
- Yadda Yadda
- Trump and Carlson? WTF?
-- so why bother?
Instead I'm re-posting one of the first David Brooks columns I ever wrote. It's from April of 2005. Before Biden. Before Trump. Before Obama. Back when even whispering such things got you tagged as a dirty, hippie pariah forever.
I leave it to you the reader to judge of how well my earliest written critiques of Brook from +16 years ago have held up.
...I pulled this up out of a reply to specific comments, because the question of "Why bother with Brooks at all?" and "Who reads the NYT anymore anyway?" comes up here and elsewhere, and I think it deserves an answer.
It seem very clear to me that BoBo is many laughably obtuse things, but BoBo Don't Surf. He isn't simply misguided and there is little chance that he's ever going to see the light and change his mind: he reasons backwards from his ideology into his limp diatribes, instead of forward from the facts to a reasonable conclusion.
Instead (and in answer to those questions) I believe Brooks is a serious, committed Wingnut middleman -- sort of the Fundamentalist's pet PBS Mennonite -- which IMHO is much more dangerous than a fully outed [Tom] DeLay.
Brooks' job is to sell the poison to the Center: to reassure the Moderates and “Reagan Democrats” and to coax the Undecideds into the Windowless Fundy Panel Truck by dandying their evil up in perfumed NYT-speak, and since the battle for the future of the country takes places in the middle, these wingnuts-in-sheeps-clothing are the ones that deserve extra-special beatings.
The good news is, BoBo obviously doesn't know he's an idjit. Instead, he thinks he's tricksey, which is why he keeps obligingly waddling into the thresher blades.
UPDATE: This from Raw Story was too delicious to leave out. You're welcome, future generations!
'I could care less!' Marjorie Taylor Greene explodes with anger after she's blamed for death of conservatism
"They are singling you out as the problem," Bannon told Greene during an interview on Real America's Voice, referring to a column by David Brooks that declared the death of conservatism.
"He doesn't get to define Trumpism," Greene said. "I represent the American people. These are the same people they look down on. These are the same people that they forget about. These are the same people they can't even relate to because they are so stuck up because they are so highly educated and because they think they are so much better than everyone."