Has David Brooks completed the transformation yet?

With so many pro-Obama/anti-conservative columns under his belt, after reading this, I’d say his transformation is officially complete. In a “conversation” he had with fellow NYT (liberal) columnist Gail Collins, he said:

Gail, you made a reference in last week’s conversation that caught me up short. You said something about how badly my guys, the Republicans, have been behaving during this whole health care thing.

It made me wonder, are they really my guys? Do I have guys anymore?


Certainly in childhood I felt a strong affinity for the Democrats. Everybody I knew was one. The Democrats were obviously forces for justice and morality. Then sometime in adulthood I did come to naturally assume that the Republicans were the vehicles for the things I thought were best.

But you never know the workings of your own mind until you get an unexpected cold blast from somewhere deep inside. The thought that I’m part of the G.O.P.’s fan base sent such a blast, though it’s complicated.


At the moment, I feel politically closer to Barack Obama than to House Minority Leader John Boehner (and that’s even while being greatly exercised about the current health care bills). On the other hand, I feel politically closer to Lindsey Graham than to Henry Waxman.

All that’s left is for him to change his party affiliation – which he won’t do, because then the NYT wouldn’t have any use for him. And he’d be useless to the political players in the Obama administration who play him like a fiddle in order to “woo” elitist Republican voters.

What say you?

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