So, like when will David Brooks officially be on the Obama payroll?

Posted by: ST on March 12, 2010 at 11:05 am

Seriously. When was the last time the left’s/NYT’s favorite “Republican” columnist was even remotely tough on our celebrity President? This column just doesn’t cut it:

You’ll notice first that these two viewpoints are diametrically opposed. You’ll, observe, second, that they are entirely predictable. Political partisans always imagine the other side is ruthlessly effective and that the public would be with them if only their side had better messaging. And finally, you’ll notice that both views distort reality. They tell you more about the information cocoons that partisans live in these days than about Obama himself.

The fact is, Obama is as he always has been, a center-left pragmatic reformer. Every time he tries to articulate a grand philosophy — from his book “The Audacity of Hope” to his joint-session health care speech last September — he always describes a moderately activist government restrained by a sense of trade-offs. He always uses the same on-the-one-hand-on-the-other sentence structure. Government should address problems without interfering with the dynamism of the market.

He has tried to find this balance in a town without an organized center — in a town in which liberals chair the main committees and small-government conservatives lead the opposition. He has tried to do it in a context maximally inhospitable to his aims.

But he has done it with tremendous tenacity. Readers of this column know that I’ve been critical on health care and other matters. Obama is four clicks to my left on most issues. He is inadequate on the greatest moral challenge of our day: the $9.7 trillion in new debt being created this decade. He has misread the country, imagining a hunger for federal activism that doesn’t exist. But he is still the most realistic and reasonable major player in Washington.

Liberals are wrong to call him weak and indecisive. He’s just not always pursuing their aims. Conservatives are wrong to call him a big-government liberal. That’s just not a fair reading of his agenda.

Translation: If he had been then-Senator Barack Obama rubbing his hand up his inner thigh at some long ago luncheon and not some still-not-named Republican Senator, Brooks would have never ‘joked’ about it or revealed it – because he would have liked it.

The nauseating bromance continues. And I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. I really can’t even attempt to take this guy – or anything he says – seriously anymore.

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16 Responses to “So, like when will David Brooks officially be on the Obama payroll?”


  1. Carlos says:

    Brooks didn’t even get it right when the doctor slapped his butt to make him start breathing when he was born – he just looked at the doc and grinned!

    Brooks is rapidly becoming as readable as his NYT compatriot, EJ Dionne. That says everything you need to know about Brooks.

  2. Senator Fuller Bull - D says:

    Brooks Blathers – Tailored Reporting from Whole Cloth

  3. Anthony says:

    Man, Brooks just cannot see the truth about PBO, that he’s a full-blown statist, not a Center-Left “pragmatist.” (That was probably Clinton, post HillaryCare.)

    He must be wearing magic glasses that show him nothing but Obama’s pants-crease.

  4. kent18 says:

    So, like when will David Brooks officially be on the Obama payroll?

    Whaddya mean “when“…?

  5. mike191 says:

    Mr. Brooks is the man who knows everything but knows nothing.His czar appointments: Lloyd-loves hugo Chavez and wants to cutail free speech: Jennings-tells young gays to meet older men; HOLDREN-BELIEVES IN MASS STERILIZATION; Van Jones-Avowed communist; Cass Sunstein_animals should have representation in court and harvesting human organs is wonderful…AD NAUSEUM..reflect President44 and this is not left of center-it is the outer limits of political thought.

    Mr. Brooks ,is no longer readable, he is pathetic.

  6. Ragspierre says:

    Excellent, Sister.

    Some of you guys might like my take on Birdcage Brooks, as well.


  7. mary says:

    He likes the crease in his ‘pants’…need I say more?

  8. BR says:

    Yes,four clicks on a scale of one hundred, that’d be about right.

  9. Bear1909 says:

    David Brooks is a flaccid commentator when it comes to politics. He is a daily historian who tries to hit the mark with his commentary as if we were reading a column in the archives of tomorrow or something.

    The Boy Queen President in Name Only is a puerile joke foisted onto the American people by a cynical banking and financial cartel looking to do the biggest deal of all time: selling California to the Chinese.

    We haven’t seen anything yet. And Davey might as well go back to playin with Pokey cuz he naint nevah gonna see nuttin nohow.

    Bear1909 out

  10. Dana White says:

    As has been well documented elsewhere, Brooks is the eternal elitist, forever decrying the public’s hostility to the “educated” class, which of course includes Brooks and his boy friend the Anointed One.

  11. Matt Brown says:

    I think Brooks should be on the payroll along with Andrew Sullivan, who still likes to quote Obama’s campaign slogans.

  12. Carlos says:

    Brooks will officially be on Duh-1’s payroll when the administration takes over the failing NYT in order to “preserve a free press” in this nation. Soon after it takes over the NYT, the WaPo, LAT, Atlanta J-C and most other left-wing unofficial government outlets will then become the “official” government outlets, spilling forth the government’s wisdom as it sees fit similar to what Pravda did in the good ol’ USSR.

    Then look for opposition papers to be shut down for printing lies, kinda like Penn’s favorite thug, Chavez, has done in Venezuela.

  13. So Cal Jim says:

    Brooks is “four clicks to the left” of a garden variety RINO.

  14. Carlos says:

    “Chavez to useful idiot Sean Penn: Thanks for defending me, amigo!”

    Change that headline immediately preceding this post to “Obama” for “Chavez” and “Brooks” for “Penn” and it fits this post, too.

  15. But Carlos, Obama would never say the word “amigo” because he doesn’t speak Spanish, remember? ;)

  16. Anthony says:

    He’d pronounce it “AW-mee-go.” With nose appropriately in the air, of course. ;)