Oh brother. Just days after writing a column expressing his disappointment with Barack Obama, admitting that our new President was “not who we thought he was, ” Brooks pens another column today in which he’s back in fawning mode. Why? Because after his column, he talked to four – count ’em – four “senior members of the administration” about the claims made in his column. The result? After the first several paragraphs reading like something you’d find on BarackObama.com, and throwing a few obligatory “I still think they’re taking things too far on certain issues” lines, Brooks lovingly added:
Nonetheless, the White House made a case that was sophisticated and fact-based. These people know how to lead a discussion and set a tone of friendly cooperation. I’m more optimistic that if Senate moderates can get their act together and come up with their own proactive plan, they can help shape a budget that allays their anxieties while meeting the president’s goals.
I have to admit this is smart politics by the Obama administration. They are leading “moderate” Republicans like David Brooks on a leash, in effect making them look like fools but in the process probably winning over other “moderate” Republicans to their agenda on the pretense of “wanting to work with them in the spirit of bipartisanship.”
Nice work, Team Barry.