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Republican David Brooks on GOP Response: “Insane”

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Quote of the Day: David Brooks

“Unlike past Democratic administrations, they are not just handing out jobs to the hacks approved by the favored interest groups. They’re thinking holistically — there’s a nice balance of policy wonks, governors and legislators. They’re also thinking strategically. As Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute notes, it was smart to name Tom Daschle both the head of Health and Human Services and the health czar. Splitting those duties up, as Bill Clinton did, leads to all sorts of conflicts…

Believe me, I’m trying not to join in the vast, heaving O-phoria now sweeping the coastal haute bourgeoisie. But the personnel decisions have been superb. The events of the past two weeks should be reassuring to anybody who feared that Obama would veer to the left or would suffer self-inflicted wounds because of his inexperience. He’s off to a start that nearly justifies the hype.”

David Brooks, 11.21.08

David Frum’s Applebee’s Moment

A couple of days ago on the Rachel Maddow show, writer David Frum criticized Stephen Colbert for making fun of an inaccuracy by David Brooks:

“A few days ago, Colbert scoffed at my friend David Brooks for referring to the “salad bar” at Applebee’s – when Applebee’s doesn’t feature salad bars. An error – how ridiculous! But conscious fabrication? I guess that’s OK, so long as it’s done in the sacred name of comedy.”

That is the whole point!!

Colbert was making fun of a David Brooks statement criticizing Senator Obama for not understanding the “Average American” who uses the salad bar at Applebee’s and feeding into the out of touch elitist image.

Is there no irony lost on Mr. Frum that David Brooks only exposed HIMSELF as the out of touch elitist? It’s amazing how some of these writers like Brooks and Noonan continue to speak for “Middle America” and “Real Americans” but their deserved success has removed them so far from the very people that they pretend to be experts about. Come on!

David Brooks Comes Out of the Spin Closet

After noting that Sarah Palin is a “cancer to the Republican Party”, Republican David Brooks published an interesting article how the less forward thinking members of the Republican Party are alienating large swathes of the population. This all due to a bizarre and obsessive romanticization on small town white folk.

“Over the past 15 years, the same argument has been heard from a thousand politicians and a hundred television and talk-radio jocks. The nation is divided between the wholesome Joe Sixpacks in the heartland and the oversophisticated, overeducated, oversecularized denizens of the coasts…

The political effects of this trend have been obvious. Republicans have alienated the highly educated regions — Silicon Valley, northern Virginia, the suburbs outside of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Raleigh-Durham. The West Coast and the Northeast are mostly gone.

The Republicans have alienated whole professions. Lawyers now donate to the Democratic Party over the Republican Party at 4-to-1 rates. With doctors, it’s 2-to-1. With tech executives, it’s 5-to-1. With investment bankers, it’s 2-to-1. It took talent for Republicans to lose the banking community… Continue reading