David Brooks Reveals Not-So-Secret Reason for Mancrush on Obama: "I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us"

By "us," he means dime-a-dozen pundits.

Cheap date, eh?

Another bit of fun there actually comes from Obama. When Brooks showed up with genuine Republican pundits to chat with him over dinner, Obama greeted him by asking, "What are you doing here?" (i.e., "Are you sure you're with the right group?").

That first encounter is still vivid in Brooks’s mind. “I remember distinctly an image of--we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks says, “and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.” In the fall of 2006, two days after Obama’s The Audacity of Hope hit bookstores, Brooks published a glowing Times column. The headline was “Run, Barack, Run.”

...

Brooks concedes that his place on the political spectrum has shifted somewhat over the years. “I used to think conservatives were right about the big things--the Soviet Union, economic growth,” he explains. “Now, on a lot of issues, I think liberals have been right about some big things, like rising inequality. Both sides of the education divide are within the Democratic Party. . . . The Republicans are sitting this one out. And, then, the war in Iraq has caused me to rethink things in a much more modest [way], and that is Burkean, too.”

He recognizes something similar in the current president. “Obama sees himself as a Burkean,” Brooks says. “He sees his view of the world as a view that understands complexity and the organic nature of change.” Moreover, after the Bush years, Brooks seems relieved to have an intellectual in the White House again. “I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us,” he explains. “Of recent presidents, Clinton could sort of talk like us, but Obama is definitely--you could see him as a New Republic writer. He can do the jurisprudence, he can do the political philosophy, and he can do the politics. I think he’s more talented than anyone in my lifetime. I mean, he is pretty dazzling when he walks into a room. So, that’s why it’s important he doesn’t fuck this up.”

More accurately, that's why it's important that David Brooks and other MSM bootlickers cover up Obama's failures. Obama already has FUBARed the nation. There is no un-FUBARing it, at least not without a regime change.

So Plan B is simply to spin his failures into glowing successes.

Updated: Right right right right. I had wanted to include that business about Brooks thinking Obama would be a great president based partly upon his immaculately creased pantleg.

AHFF Geoff reminded me so I put it in.

That is Matthews level. Or below Matthews level.

I wonder what sartorial detail and/or badge of privileged elite upbringing did it for Chris "Rara Avis" Buckley. Maybe the jaunty, elegant manner in which he converted payoffs from Tony Rezko into a fashionable home.

Posted by: Ace at 03:53 PM



Comments

1 Yup. Trip to Denny's and it's legs out the car window for David. Then he wonders why Barack doesn't call or e-mail.

Posted by: Zombie David Carridine at August 31, 2009 03:55 PM (RD7QR)

2 Excellent Commercial for identity guard, I can't find a link, but in the commercial there is an angry womans voice, "I Want My Money To Remain My Money! Until I buy something, then it's somebody elses money.""

Posted by: Douglas at August 31, 2009 03:56 PM (uU+Ss)

3 Look, I'd quit stalking the guy if he would just spend a weekend with me in a bridal suite at the Marriott.

That bitch Michelle better keep her hands off him.

Posted by: David Brooks, Elite Genuine GOP Tastemaker at August 31, 2009 03:56 PM (AZGON)

4 what a fucking disgrace this guy Brooks is.

the ironing of his pants = presidency in Brooks "elite" opinion.


In the spring of 2005, New York Times columnist David Brooks arrived at then-Senator Barack Obama’s office for a chat. Brooks, a conservative writer who joined the Times in 2003 from The Weekly Standard,
had never met Obama before. But, as they chewed over the finer points
of Edmund Burke, it didn’t take long for the two men to click. “I don’t
want to sound like I’m bragging,” Brooks recently told me, “but usually
when I talk to senators, while they may know a policy area better than
me, they generally don’t know political philosophy better than me. I
got the sense he knew both better than me.”

That first encounter is still vivid in Brooks’s mind. “I remember
distinctly an image of--we were sitting on his couches, and I was
looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks says,
“and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very
good president.” In the fall of 2006, two days after Obama’s The Audacity of Hope hit bookstores, Brooks published a glowing Times column. The headline was “Run, Barack, Run.”

Posted by: Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter at August 31, 2009 03:57 PM (5r0Tz)

5
“I remember distinctly an image of--we were sitting on his couches, and
I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks
says

Pure unadulterated faggot talk from David Brooks. He should have just said he was staring at Obama's cock and be done with it.

Posted by: Fish at August 31, 2009 03:58 PM (FnA4R)

6 Well, good news is that context scanning gives us this nice ad for a porcelain Michelle Obama doll.

Posted by: blaster at August 31, 2009 03:58 PM (BiphJ)

7 Brooks supported him based on the strength of Barry's laundry? Jesus Christ on a pogo stick.

Posted by: joncelli at August 31, 2009 04:00 PM (RD7QR)

8 Wow...talk about deep.

Posted by: billygoat at August 31, 2009 04:00 PM (DrB2V)

9 Brooks seems relieved to have an intellectual in the White House again.

Noted intellectual "president" remarks that in August, people are getting all wee-wee'd up. And just remember, the answer to gas prices is tire gauges.

Posted by: George Orwell at August 31, 2009 04:00 PM (AZGON)

10 "I think he’s more talented than anyone in my lifetime."

Brooks evidently set's a low bar for talent. As for Obama's abilities, since when did slinging bullshit qualify as "intelligent".

Posted by: GarandFan at August 31, 2009 04:01 PM (qKTIT)

11 Wait - Brooks says that Obama s Burkean? That's just crap. Pure, unadulterated crap. It is as if Brooks doesn't know Burkean from Adam's housecat, which means he doesn't know conservatism....oh.

Posted by: blaster at August 31, 2009 04:02 PM (BiphJ)

12 Brooks is only a 'conservative' in the sense it's a useful marketing label. There are liberal columnist/pundit types than there are media gigs, so he found and filled a niche, a 'conservative' who loves liberals, liberal programs and talks the right way. As a bonus, he will trash actual conservatives!

Hence nice cushy jobs like the NYT and PBS.

It's gold I tell ya! Gold!

Posted by: DrewM. at August 31, 2009 04:03 PM (iTt2X)

13 George Orwell seems relieved to have a pole-smoking, crotch-crease-obsessed intellectual coward writing phony conservative columns at the failing New York Times.

For the LULZ.

Posted by: George Orwell at August 31, 2009 04:03 PM (AZGON)

14 Wow. David Brooks is Palin Steele.

Posted by: nickless at August 31, 2009 04:03 PM (MMC8r)

15 "people who talk like us"
He gets all wee-weed up

Posted by: wHodat at August 31, 2009 04:04 PM (+sBB4)

16 Talented? At what? What the fuck is he talented at?

Hyp-no-tizin' ?

Posted by: jamie gumm at August 31, 2009 04:04 PM (S9dhr)

17 GarandFan at August 31, 2009 04:01 PM (qKTIT)

You, sir, have offended me. I won $8 and a 12-pack of beer by flinging a cow pie 150 feet last summer.

Posted by: Gold Medal Cow Pie Thrower at August 31, 2009 04:04 PM (IhQuA)

18 Brooks: “Of recent presidents, Clinton could sort of talk like us, but Obama is definitely--you could see him as a New Republic writer."


Calling Scott Beauchamp, Scott Beauchamp. Your Oval Office is ready.

Posted by: George Orwell at August 31, 2009 04:05 PM (AZGON)

19
David Brooks is Palin Steele.

I must give Palin Steele the nod on this argument, because at least he will admit to taking it up the ass.

Posted by: Fish at August 31, 2009 04:06 PM (FnA4R)

20 "...who talk, like us..."

A: Effete metrosexual academics
B: Us

Posted by: t-bird at August 31, 2009 04:06 PM (FcR7P)

21 Brooks seems relieved to have an intellectual in the White House again.

I wonder if Mr. Brooks could provide a single shred of evidence to support this opinion, other than Obama has the most dreamiest of eyes..

Posted by: wiserbud at August 31, 2009 04:06 PM (IHbof)

22 Davey has a purty mouth.

Posted by: Union Thug at August 31, 2009 04:07 PM (1pnZm)

23 but Obama is definitely--you could see him as a New Republic writer. He
can do the jurisprudence, he can do the political philosophy, and he
can do the politics. I think he’s more talented than anyone in my
lifetime. I mean, he is pretty dazzling when he walks into a room.

LOL @ all of this. First of all, the New Republic has been taken over by the children of the cornhole that are borderline illiterate, which may be what Brooksie is referring to because I haven't heard Bammers say a fucking thing that indicates that he could keep up on a mildly erudite string of comments here when the trollshit isn't too deep. Second, there's no way that Brooksie doesn't spank it at least daily to Odummy. None.

Posted by: Captain Hate at August 31, 2009 04:07 PM (U1nHn)

24 Heh heh ha... from Robert Stacy McCain's blog: "OK, inspired by one of the commenters ("Wipe your chin, Mr. Brooks"), I now have a two-word description of the Brooks-Obama relationship: Pearl necklace."

Posted by: George Orwell at August 31, 2009 04:07 PM (AZGON)

25 Plan B sucks making David Brooks and company look even more foolish. Credibility means something to those of us who don't talk like Brooks. I no longer care what he says, what he writes or what he claims to believe. I hope the conservative politicians out there start calling these people out. It's like Bob McDonnell and his thesis he wrote two decades ago. The media pick it apart because they have nothing else to talk about. It's insane. I so want him to politely address the questions surrounding his thesis BUT he should also be able to say without recourse, "I would love to talk about my thesis after we talk about my record and only if you talk about my opponent's thesis with this much excitement"

Posted by: Trish at August 31, 2009 04:08 PM (0U5Kd)

26 It's gold I tell ya! Gold!

I've gotta get in on this racket.

Posted by: alexthechick at August 31, 2009 04:08 PM (SHHaV)

27 11
Wait - Brooks says that Obama s Burkean? That's just crap. Pure,
unadulterated crap. It is as if Brooks doesn't know Burkean from
Adam's housecat, which means he doesn't know conservatism....oh.

But the crease, man, oh how his pants were creased. It was just Burkean!

Posted by: David Brooks at August 31, 2009 04:08 PM (yc5Aj)

28 It's pretty amusing to imagine Brooks actually saying Fuck out loud.

And how long has Fuck this up been in the TNR stylebook?


Posted by: toby928 at August 31, 2009 04:09 PM (PD1tk)

29 David Brooks is as much a conservative as the Jug Eared Fuck is an executive.

Posted by: UncleFacts Summoner of the Meteors at August 31, 2009 04:09 PM (vZVv7)

30 Does anyone know if Brooks is married? Because if he is, she may just want to consider if Davy has gone off women.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: George Orwell at August 31, 2009 04:10 PM (AZGON)

31
21

other than Obama has the most dreamiest of eyes...and his cock kinda creases his pants in a delightful non-fag kind of way. Wowsies!

Posted by: Fish at August 31, 2009 04:10 PM (FnA4R)

32 I also remembered being fascinated at how his partially-engorged manhood kept poking coquettishly up into his immaculate pleats.

Posted by: David "Ace" Brooks at August 31, 2009 04:11 PM (d6tLI)

33 5

“I remember distinctly an image of--we were sitting on his couches, and
I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks
says

Pure
unadulterated faggot talk from David Brooks. He should have just said
he was staring at Obama's cock and be done with it.


Posted by: Fish at August 31, 2009 03:58 PM (FnA4R)

threadwinner
Brooks is just like the 18-49 women demographic - supporting Obama solely because of the desire to hook up with him.


Posted by: Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter at August 31, 2009 04:11 PM (5r0Tz)

34 What is it with this conceiteveryleftwingerseemsto display about seeing nuance where conservatives don't?
Guess what? Life is pretty simple. The rules are pretty simple, too. Especially the big stuff. That's why there's only 10 commandments, not 6388 pages of complexrules, each with accompanying footnotes explaining exceptions and mitigating circumstances.
Here's what stupid people don't understand: Simple and easy are not the same thing.
Leftists are stupid.

Posted by: Warden at August 31, 2009 04:13 PM (QoR4a)

35
Reasons Obama worshippers give for voting for him. "I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us," "We need a change," "He brings hope," "He's inspiring," "I like the idea of having a black as president."
Whatever happened to reasons like "He has sound economic policies," "His business experience is an asset," "His years of performance as governor are indicative of his success as president," "Our nation's enemies will fear us," etc? It's like we went from voting for Chief Executive of the United States to picking who's gonna drive the Hippie Van to the PotFest and Anti-War Fuck-In Protest.

Posted by: Crusty at August 31, 2009 04:13 PM (GvSpB)

36 Noted liberal David Brooks: "I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us"
Huh? Davy isn't muchof awriter, is he?
I divide people into those who speak aswe do and those who do not.
Who is going to break it to Davy that he falls into the former group only in his own mind and into the latter group in his actual expression? Ms. Brooks seems to have some "we" problems. That's going around on the left, these days. Wee wee everywhere.

Posted by: progressoverpeace at August 31, 2009 04:14 PM (A46hP)

37 maybe chrissy hissy fit mathews can wipe the spittle off david's chin

Posted by: dananjcon at August 31, 2009 04:14 PM (1B81L)

38 Brooks evidently set's a low bar for talent. As for Obama's abilities,
since when did slinging bullshit qualify as "intelligent".

Welcome to the Humanities and Social Sciences, my friend!

Posted by: AmishDude at August 31, 2009 04:14 PM (T0NGe)

39 Wait - Brooks says that Obama s Burkean? That's just crap.
Posted by: blaster at August 31, 2009 04:02 PM (BiphJ)


Yeah, in a series of idiotic things, this from Brooks takes the cake...
“He (Obama) sees his view of the world as a view that understands complexity and the organic nature of change.”

There's nothing Burkeian or organic about a community that needs to be mobilized and organized by a professional cadre of leaders and workers in order to change.

Obama has no appreciation for the organic 'little platoons". Burke lionized. He's all about a top down structure lead by a vanguard of thinkers, organizers and elite. No wonder Brooks is so fond of him. They all talk the right way.

What's next from Brooks? A claim that Obama is actually Adam Smith reincarnated?

Posted by: DrewM. at August 31, 2009 04:15 PM (iTt2X)

40 Both sides of the education divide are within the Democratic Party. . . . The Republicans are sitting this one out.

What the hell is he talking about? What two sides? The side that wants to betray children by selling out to the teacher's unions and the side that really, really wants to betray our children by really, really selling out to the teacher's unions?

Posted by: WalrusRex at August 31, 2009 04:15 PM (xxgag)

41 I wonder where "all wee wee upped" falls into the talks like us intellectual lexicon?

Posted by: KJC at August 31, 2009 04:15 PM (HSJkR)

42 Jesus, this is the worst inter-racial porn I have ever jerked off to. No wonder it is taking so long.

Posted by: ClassicCon at August 31, 2009 04:15 PM (Tcvkw)

43 @36

+1!
The man who prizes style over substance can't even tell when the style is poorly executed.

Posted by: George Orwell at August 31, 2009 04:15 PM (AZGON)

44 maybe chrissy hissy fit mathews can wipe the spittle off david's chin
That's not spittle.

Posted by: huerfano at August 31, 2009 04:15 PM (knHvu)

45 Well after reading this it's clear that for a lot of media elite conservatives (Brooks, Noonan, Parker et al.) it more about class and style than actual ideology. That's why they love the intellectual Obama but find Palin just icky and déclassé.

Posted by: Mætenloch at August 31, 2009 04:16 PM (yc5Aj)

46 I divide people into people who talk about men's cocks and those who don't"

Posted by: wHodat at August 31, 2009 04:16 PM (+sBB4)

47 Holy crap that's gay. At least he didn't describe his fantasies about taking hussein's pants off him. Blehhh, I need a shower.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 31, 2009 04:16 PM (Haq+B)

48 Or maybe the Larry Sinclair video is the truth, and there are alot more Larry Sinclair's than we thought there was, with most all of them in the media?

Posted by: Jimi at August 31, 2009 04:17 PM (fqxV7)

49 “Of recent presidents, Clinton could sort of talk like us, but Obama is definitely--you could see him as a New Republic writer. He can do the jurisprudence, he can do the political philosophy, and he can do the politics. So, that’s why it’s important he doesn’t fuck this up.”

Yeah, that's pretty fucking erudite. Brooks is a regular Samuel-fucking-Johnson. The fucking New Republic is lucky to have such a fucking master of rhetoric and bon-fucking-mots.

Posted by: schizuki at August 31, 2009 04:18 PM (zX0rH)

50 That intra-gender, intra-intellectual, inter-racial, inter-politics sorta gay.

Posted by: wHodat at August 31, 2009 04:18 PM (+sBB4)

51 Warden 34: Guess what? Life is pretty simple. The rules are pretty simple, too. Especially the big stuff. That's why there's only 10 613commandments, not 6388 pages of complexrules [in a fraction of the Talmuds, Mishnah, Tosefta, Midrash Tanhuma etc etc], each with accompanying footnotes explaining exceptions to the rule and mitigating circumstances [by Rashi].
/sorry, had to

Posted by: David Ross at August 31, 2009 04:18 PM (GwV+j)

52 His pants are nicely creased though. When he walks the creases move to a jungle rhythm. HAWT!!

Posted by: Big Super GAY! at August 31, 2009 04:19 PM (l08G4)

53 God forgive me, but Brooks's words just gave me the urge to beat the living shit out of him. But the comments on this thread made me laugh, broke the tension.
I need to ease up on the caffeine.

Posted by: the real joe at August 31, 2009 04:19 PM (gue3j)

54 Poor Brooksie. What is it about "intellectuals" that they think what is most important is leaning on the thoughts of men greater than themselves? In this instance, Burke.Normal well-educated people read that stuff, internalize things and have it shape the way they look at the world but then they lead useful lives full of, um, life experiences. If you're someone like Obama who has sat on his ass most of his adult life and lived in a cultural millieu where people read for the express purpose of impressing each other with how learned they are then it is simply a lifestyle choice to be able to vomit out the thoughts of philosophers. And not one that is indicative of special wisdom or understanding of the world. I mean, who the fuck would turn to either of these idiots to solve any kind of problem?

Posted by: Angry Mob Member #76576051 at August 31, 2009 04:19 PM (fkgyi)

55 Yeah, Brooks is an ass. We all knew that already. We we don't know is,,, what happened to momma and monty?!!!!

Posted by: teej at August 31, 2009 04:19 PM (c459z)

56 Hilarious Iowahawk parody in 3-2-1....

Of course by this point, Brooks might be beyond parody.

Posted by: DrewM. at August 31, 2009 04:20 PM (iTt2X)

57 “He sees his view of the world as a view that understands complexity and the organic nature of change.”
What a bunch of psuedo-intelectual poppycock BULSHIT!!!!


Posted by: dananjcon at August 31, 2009 04:20 PM (1B81L)

58 Excuse me, what we don't know -

Posted by: teej at August 31, 2009 04:20 PM (c459z)

59 It's Revenge Of the Nerds, for reals.

They're the 'Alphas'
We're the 'Tri-Lams'
Dum Dum is Lamar, but is an 'Alpha'
(I am Booger, BTW)

Posted by: Navin R. Johnson says listen to the Dag Nasty at August 31, 2009 04:20 PM (J7/Ud)

60 So, if Obama fails, people like Brooks are repudiated? Faster, please.

Posted by: wHodat at August 31, 2009 04:20 PM (+sBB4)

61 flinging a cow pie 150 feet

That's damn good! It's harder than it looks, city folks just don't get that.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 31, 2009 04:21 PM (Haq+B)

62 I am NOT leaving momma and monty on the field of battle!

Posted by: teej at August 31, 2009 04:21 PM (c459z)

63 He recognizes something similar in the current president. “Obama sees himself as a Burkean,” Brooks says. “He sees his view of the world as a view that understands complexity and the organic nature of change.”

This shows the absolute bankruptcy of the idiots who support Obama. Obama is NOT a “Burkean”. He is a GD communist, and a radical racist one at that.

Posted by: Vic at August 31, 2009 04:21 PM (CDUiN)

64 In life, I'm very casual, I hold myslef like I own every location I happen to be present in not matter the situation. (a simple method I've learned to lay your marker on a place, that makes others either uncomfortable or competitive is always acknowledge that it is their world by calling them sir or ma'am and such, and always wait until you are offered something. A treat, a seat, a cigarrette a cigar, and ALWAYS ALWAYS pause to look at it, and don't just look at it, make a point of examining it before puting it to the use for which it was made, and then immediately look at the person. Always puts people off their flow)

I walk like marble floors are roads to be marched, I stand like I'm about to give a speech and I speak clearly (unless I lose my voice because I lost my temper two days before while flying to texas and end up soundling like mini mouse, but that's another story)

I say all of that, because I am aware of most of my actions most of the times, to find me off guard is rare. That's why I never spu-uh-uh-uh ter and slip when I uh, you know talk. I mean, you know?

I'm clear and authoritative, that's why prissy all about image bitches like bachelor and brooks and peggy disgust me. They aren't who they are and what they do isn't show an image of calm they show an image of trying to show an image of calm and control.

They are complete phonys.

And who the FUCK! choses to sound like a panzified pussy like John Bachelor?

An S sounds like an EFFING S! not like a Z you pompous wannabe intellectual arogant bastard!

Posted by: Douglas at August 31, 2009 04:21 PM (uU+Ss)

65 Manhood in America doesn't mean what they think it means.

Posted by: Sgt. Fury at August 31, 2009 04:21 PM (l08G4)

66 “I used to think conservatives were right about the big things--the
Soviet Union, economic growth,” he explains. “Now, on a lot of issues,
I think liberals have been right about some big things, like rising
inequality." ...

“I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like
us,” he explains. “Of recent presidents, Clinton could sort of talk
like us, but Obama is definitely--you could see him as a New Republic
writer."


what a fucking knobgobbling hypocrite!

Posted by: gibberishman at August 31, 2009 04:22 PM (DpoMM)

67 I think liberals have been right about some big things, like rising inequality
Er, huh?
So being "right" means that you call for socializing the economy? What makes liberals "rigth" about "inequality" anyway?

Posted by: Jay at August 31, 2009 04:23 PM (/ZX77)

68 What the heck is it with Brooks and men's legs? A couple months ago, he was jabbering about some (unnamed) Republican copping a feel on his thigh; now he's getty all swoony about BO's manhood.
And is this really howan intellectualdecides who's going tomake a goodPresident? The firmness of his thigh? The depth of his shallowness is a wonder to behold.

Posted by: orthodoc at August 31, 2009 04:23 PM (7DbEF)

69 Here is Momma's latest post over at WZ.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 31, 2009 04:24 PM (Haq+B)

70 I divide people into people who talk like us
You mean the folks who use alot of words to say nothing?

Posted by: KelliD at August 31, 2009 04:24 PM (Q9Cny)

71 I don't think Brooks is nearly as intelligent as he thinks he is. How exactly did the Iraq war turn him into a Burkean? Does he know anything about Burkean conservativism? What a jackass.

Posted by: BTMintheSTL at August 31, 2009 04:25 PM (BNOz8)

72 Obama sees the world as an onion. You see, the world has layers...

Posted by: Shrek at August 31, 2009 04:25 PM (GvSpB)

73 54 +1

Obama is a learner, not a thinker and so is Brooks. They can quote this or that writer, but they can't synthesize their own ideas.

Nobody goes around quoting the wisdom of David Brooks.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 31, 2009 04:25 PM (T0NGe)

74 This is all a set-up. Once you've been conned, and realize that you have been conned, the only solution is to praise the skill and talent of the con man. They must be the greatest ever if YOU fell for it, too.

Having said that, when Obama's pants move, they slice like a fucking creased hammer.

Posted by: jamie gumm at August 31, 2009 04:25 PM (S9dhr)

75 Obama sure has done a good job of displaying his unimaginable intelligence only to sycophantic douchenozzle columnists. Probably to avoid overawing us stupid proles with his dazzling brainthoughts.

Posted by: Waterhouse at August 31, 2009 04:26 PM (hYw1G)

76 61
flinging a cow pie 150 feet

That's damn good! It's harder than it looks, city folks just don't get that.


Posted by: Dang Straights

I'm city folk. I once saw a cow pie fly from Chicago to D.C.

Posted by: Crusty at August 31, 2009 04:27 PM (GvSpB)

77 Harumph. (Or however you spell that.) It's the Snottification of the Punditocracy. Sure, why not swallow a Dagwood sandwich of statism and incompetence just to get at the dab of Grey Poupon on top?

And by the way, all the homos I know are a good deal more impressed with Sarah Palin's taste than Michelle Obama's IYKWIMAITYD.

Posted by: Stealth Gay Conservative Academic at August 31, 2009 04:28 PM (yK/Nm)

78 "“Now, on a lot of issues, I think liberals have been right about some big things, like rising inequality"

So, Brooks thinks that increasing the inequality in America is a good thing?

Posted by: Mark E at August 31, 2009 04:28 PM (w5RwR)

79 Great Song

Just got this in E-Mail (w/different video). Two trillion tons

Posted by: Vic at August 31, 2009 04:28 PM (CDUiN)

80 #34

Did you write this yourself?

You, my dear, are Burkean.

and also zen like.


Posted by: non_dhimmie at August 31, 2009 04:29 PM (cFwGO)

81 Obama is a Burkean? Wow! What a coincidence!
McCain was a Burkean too!
What a small (political) world this is!
http://tinyurl.com/67cksn
Burkean is little more that a fancy word for a small "L" libertarian Conservative. That's all. It's an anachronistic word and is now mostly used by pretentious twits.
Intellectual my ASS; like "Otto" in "A Fish Called Wanda" was an 'intellectual'.

Posted by: Jim in San Diego at August 31, 2009 04:29 PM (H7Rlw)

82

69 - Joe Biden was truly amazing with his oratory skills, but what impressed me the most was the picture in the background of Joe and two fat floozies standing in front of Katie's Cafe, belching and farting after eating the one course Blue Plate Special.

Posted by: Fish at August 31, 2009 04:29 PM (FnA4R)

83 From the stack of recently read books in David Brooks private library:

"Blinded By The Right" by David Brock
"Totem and Taboo" by Sigmund Freud
"The Audacity of Hope" by Barack Obama
"The Naked Civil Servant" by Quentin Crisp
the last three issues of "Crotch Rocket: The Magazine for Connoisseurs of Penis"

Posted by: George Orwell at August 31, 2009 04:30 PM (AZGON)

84 OMG. Burkean? How totally wrong can Brooks be? All this tells me is that Brooks himself has never read a word of Burke....which means he himselfis all pretention and no substance and certainly the opposite of "philosophical."
There are only two small pieces known to be written by Obama himself and they are both stylistically leaden and intellectually vapid. The latter would be no disqualification for the New Rep, to be sure, but the first would be.
Did Brooks actually read Dreams From My Father? (ghost-written, but still with Obama's own story and imprimatur on it) Does he remember the passage where Obama talks about how easy it is to make preppy whites swoon over him by talking smoothly and making himself into a mirror that reflects only what the observer wants to see?

Posted by: Marilena at August 31, 2009 04:30 PM (ads9P)

85 This shows the absolute bankruptcy of the idiots who support Obama.

It also shows how easy it is for the so-called intellectuals who are so mesmerized by The Won to imprint upon him any particulars that they wish, because Obie is basically a blank slate.

There is nothing there that can dissuade them from believing what they want to believe about him, because there is nothing there, period.

Posted by: wiserbud at August 31, 2009 04:30 PM (IHbof)

86 David Brooks Reveals Not-So-Secret Reason for Mancrush on Obama: "I divide people into people who talk like us I want to fellate and who don’t talk like us I don't want to fellate. "
Fixed.

Posted by: Jones at August 31, 2009 04:30 PM (1cda8)

87 C'mon People! You have to look at the bright side. The Pinko's, Media, and the Democratics have mis-calculated so badly with the election of Messiah Hussein, that they will take full responsiblity for in the larger racial divide, the collapse of the free press, and forced collapse of Capitalism that once they have been all booted out, they are finished for the next 20-30 years in American Politics. Although, they may do so much damage in the mean time, that by the time we recover from it all, they have a new movement to seize power again.
Let's Hope Not!

Posted by: Jimi at August 31, 2009 04:30 PM (fqxV7)

88 are we still classifying this guy as a conservative? I kind of think he has jumped the shark. as to the issue of education, what great Democratic insight is there on, let's say, urban educational issues? and don't forget one thing-most all of the writers on NRO strive to be him.

Posted by: ed at August 31, 2009 04:31 PM (Urhve)

89 That first encounter is still vivid in Brooks’s mind. “I remember distinctly an image of--we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks says, “and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.”

This is absolutely sickening. Get a f***ing room already, you homos.

Posted by: Jones at August 31, 2009 04:33 PM (1cda8)

90 jamie,
"Confidence tricksters often rely on the greed and dishonesty of the
mark, who may attempt to out-cheat the con artist, only to discover
that he or she has been manipulated into losing from the very
beginning. This is such a general principle in confidence tricks that
there is a saying among con men that "you can't cheat an honest man."

Posted by: wHodat at August 31, 2009 04:33 PM (+sBB4)

91 Let's face it... Brooksie is slightly to the right of Andi Sullivan. He would prefer to be right on top of him.

IYKWIMAITYD.

Posted by: George Orwell at August 31, 2009 04:34 PM (AZGON)

92 “Obama sees himself as a Burkean,” Brooks says. “He sees his view of
the world as a view that understands complexity and the organic nature
of change.”

Wrong.

That's just the mark of somebody who never grew out of the late-night dorm-room "an entire universe could be living inside my thumbnail" mentality. Does someone's well-articulated opinion differ from yours, but you can't come up with a decent rebuttal? No problem: Start talking about the organic nature of change, and the uncertainties that come with complexity. Throw in a quote - hell, make one up - from a philosopher whose name your opponent knows, but probably hasn't read, and you're home free. It's empty-shell intellectualism, and Obama is now the world's most powerful practitioner of it.

Posted by: G$ at August 31, 2009 04:35 PM (nxYGK)

93 Brooks is Canadian so who cares what he thinks. If I want deep Canadian political thought, I'll read Mike Myers.

Posted by: Dr. Spank at August 31, 2009 04:35 PM (1pnZm)

94 NQOCD... not quite our class, darling.

Posted by: The RINO Élite at August 31, 2009 04:35 PM (htkSG)

95 Well DB is a cockholster and we should impeach odumbass now before it gets worse, what's the problem? Next thread please.

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at August 31, 2009 04:35 PM (6eZT2)

96 Nobody goes around quoting the wisdom of David Brooks.

Nice.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 31, 2009 04:36 PM (Haq+B)

97 93,

If I want Canadian I'll shoot a moose!

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at August 31, 2009 04:36 PM (6eZT2)

98 Oh. And hello, Davey. See you at the Hamptons next weekend, old blade.

Posted by: The RINO Élite at August 31, 2009 04:36 PM (htkSG)

99 does anything of practical substance leak into these discussions? like, barack, I love you but where is the money going to come from for these goals and dreams. Brooks, the great intellectual, seems remarkably free of substance.

Posted by: ed at August 31, 2009 04:37 PM (Urhve)

100 G$- It's empty-shell intellectualism, and Obama is now the world's most powerful practitioner of it
Word, G$. Nail. Head. Hit.

Posted by: Navin R. Johnson says listen to the Dag Nasty at August 31, 2009 04:37 PM (J7/Ud)

101 like rising inequality
Stupid, stupid, stupid. Stupid to think that, stupider to think the Obama is going to help.

Posted by: Mama AJ at August 31, 2009 04:37 PM (X6Zdh)

102 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnM75h69t9Q

Historical reenactment of When David Met Barry.

Posted by: LurkingPoet at August 31, 2009 04:37 PM (HSHaW)

103 As a conservative, I divide people into those that vote like me and those that don't.

Who did Brooks vote for?

Posted by: jamie gumm at August 31, 2009 04:37 PM (S9dhr)

104 Brooks, the great intellectual, seems remarkably free of substance.
An absolute requirement to work at the Times, don't you know.

Posted by: the real joe at August 31, 2009 04:38 PM (gue3j)

105 Moreover, after the Bush years, Brooks seems relieved to have an intellectual in the White House again.
By my count we've had three "intellectual" Presdients: Jefferson, Madison and Wilson. So, I'm not really sure what to make ofBrook"s...um...point, if anything other than to point out the obvious: It's all about style and not about results.
This is not going to end well....for anybody.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at August 31, 2009 04:39 PM (B+qrE)

106 74
This is all a set-up. Once you've been conned, and realize that you
have been conned, the only solution is to praise the skill and talent
of the con man. They must be the greatest ever if YOU fell for it, too.

That's true, but in Brooks' case, he's still not admitting the con. He's getting there, but still in denial. He is admitting that his reaction to Obama was emotional. Obama was his kind of guy. I'd even buy that if Obama weren't such an ideologue and was happy to be a slightly left-of-center symbolic president, but only an idiot would have viewed him that way.

Still, I like the fact that Brooks is, in effect, telling us not to listen to him because his judgment is so shitty.

Posted by: AmishDude at August 31, 2009 04:40 PM (T0NGe)

107 I don't know much about Edmund Burke but the fact that both Andrew Sullivan and Brooks seem overly enamored of him makes me suspicious of anyone who's into anything Burkean. He may have been a founder of conservative thought, but nowadays his philosophy seems mostly to be a fig leaf for liberal converts to keep calling themselves conservatives.

Posted by: Mætenloch at August 31, 2009 04:40 PM (yc5Aj)

108 Remember this bit from one of Obama's books?

"I serve as a blank screen," Obama writes, "on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views."

Looks like Brooks fell for Obama's one real talent...letting people think what they will about him in order to get their support.

That's truly the sign of a penetrating intellect Mr. Brooks. Well done.


Posted by: DrewM. at August 31, 2009 04:42 PM (iTt2X)

109 107,

Give that man a bottle of val-u-rite!

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at August 31, 2009 04:42 PM (6eZT2)

110 Heh heh ha... from Robert Stacy McCain's blog: "OK, inspired by one of the commenters ("Wipe your chin, Mr. Brooks"), I now have a two-word description of the Brooks-Obama relationship: Pearl necklace."
Two words: "anal beads".

Posted by: andycanuck at August 31, 2009 04:42 PM (htkSG)

111
This simply confirms what I've long suspected: that the appeal of The One to the east-coast RINOcracy (Brooks, Frum, Noonan, et al.) is based on class: purely class. Likewise, their visceral hatred of Palin is also based on class - or to put it more bluntly, on snobbery.

How anyone could mistake Obama's ditherings for the work of a true intellectual is beyond me. But then, that doesn't matter; what does matter is that said ditherings are spoken in a smooth mid-Atlantic accent, with the appropriate cadence and polish. Unlike the snowbilly Palin, whose hard consonants grate on the ears of the oh-so-refined.

To the RINOcracy, Obama is one of us, the refined ones who know which fork to use, while Palin is one of them, the great unwashed. Obama walks into the country club through the front door, while Palin (like most of us morons) would come in through the workers' entrance in the back. And that is what really matters.


Posted by: Brown Line at August 31, 2009 04:43 PM (VrNoa)

112 Drew--that is an excellent takeaway.
It's like 52% of the voters forgot the title is Chief Executive.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at August 31, 2009 04:44 PM (B+qrE)

113 Posted by: Mætenloch at August 31, 2009 04:40 PM (yc5Aj)

It's not Burke that's the problem, it's people who appropriate (or more accurately misappropriate) him for their own ends.

Brooks, Obama and Sullivan have to distort his writings to claim him as a source for their personal whims but the fact that they do shows how important the Burke stamp of approval is to conservative thought.

Posted by: DrewM. at August 31, 2009 04:45 PM (iTt2X)

114 Guess what? Life is pretty simple. The rules are
pretty simple, too. Especially the big stuff. That's why there's only
10 commandments, not 6388 pages of complexrules, each with
accompanying footnotes explaining exceptions and mitigating
circumstances.
Here's what stupid people don't understand: Simple and easy are not the same thing.


Leftists are stupid.Posted by: Warden at August 31, 2009 04:13 PM (QoR4a)
PERFECT.Well after reading this it's clear that for a lot of
media elite conservatives (Brooks, Noonan, Parker et al.) it more about
class and style than actual ideology. That's why they love the
intellectual Obama but find Palin just icky and déclassé.

Posted by: Mætenloch at August 31, 2009 04:16 PM (yc5Aj)
ALSO PERFECT.

Posted by: iamfelix at August 31, 2009 04:47 PM (NlVdh)

115 Brookes knows he's full of shit when he calls President Wee Weed an intellectual or Burkean. That's just to piss you off. I just want to beat his faggot ass out of the closet with a Jimmy Choo and strangle him with his fucking bow tie.

Posted by: Tattoo DePlane at August 31, 2009 04:52 PM (fHe8c)

116 Obama walks into the country club through the front door, while Palin
(like most of us morons) would come in through the workers' entrance in
the back.

I would rather hunt deer on their golf course and drink beer with the caddies. But that's just me.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 31, 2009 04:53 PM (Haq+B)

117 There was the immense promise of the well-creased pantleg,and the resounding confirmation of the ninja fly swat.
Wait a minute - I though theselittledetails were supposed to "tells" of inner greatness, not inner greatness in and of themselves. He was elected to swat flies? That's it?

Posted by: Wm T Sherman at August 31, 2009 04:53 PM (w41GQ)

118 the organic nature of change.”Would that be change grown in pure bullshit? I thought so.

Posted by: mikeyslaw at August 31, 2009 04:54 PM (QMGr1)

119 Burkean is liberal speak for fantasies of being ass-raped by the Brawny paper towel guy. Ciue the Lumberjack song.

Posted by: Tattoo DePlane at August 31, 2009 04:54 PM (fHe8c)

120 Will I calm down and get back to work now that I've got that well-creased Burkean mancrush off my chest? Yes, yes, of course I will ... but only if he goes camping with me !

Posted by: Bust of David Brooks at August 31, 2009 04:55 PM (8/DeP)

121 I am of the 3 stoogian society, of which wepartake a bit in tom foolery and swashbucklery with a healthy doselechery and of course slovenlydrunkeness.

Posted by: dananjcon at August 31, 2009 04:55 PM (1B81L)

122 Odumbass is just a affirmative action dumb, stupid, ghetto thug and racist fascist, always has been and his posse are the most race baiting black nationalists in the Country!

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at August 31, 2009 04:56 PM (6eZT2)

123 “I remember distinctly an image of--we were sitting on his couches, and
I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks
says.

Isn't this the same guy who claimed he went an entire evening with a Republican senator's hand on his inner thigh? I think Brooks has some fucking issues. What a freak.

Posted by: Bust of David Brooks at August 31, 2009 04:56 PM (8/DeP)

124 I am of the 3 stoogian society, of which wepartake a bit in tom
foolery and swashbucklery with a healthy doselechery and of course
slovenlydrunkeness.

Do you have a newsletter?

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 31, 2009 04:56 PM (Haq+B)

125 116,

I would rather blow up the golf course!

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at August 31, 2009 04:57 PM (6eZT2)

126 107 --- Good instincts there! But........Let me assure you that the fault does not lie with Edmund Burke. It is likely that neither Sullivan nor Brooks have actually read him. They are simply invoking Burke because he is an Intellectually-Respectable-Name on the conservative side. They probably have run across snippets and quotes, as well as secondary references, in various conservative writings, but that's about it. What matters to them, of course, is not actual reading or thinking, but respectabilty.
As for Obama, I would bet everything I own and my first bornchild that he has never readany conservative philosopher, although he can pretentiouslydrop a couple of names at cocktail parties.The fact is, our prestige institutions of "education" do not require broad or deep reading. The typical syllabus in political science courses at Columbia, for example, will contain works ranging from left-of-centerto thehard left.And that's only in the most "balanced" ones.

Posted by: Marilena at August 31, 2009 04:58 PM (ads9P)

127 Soros is for sure the financial arm behind odumbass, but the most dangerous is calypso Louie in ideology, that's what motivates odumbass!

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at August 31, 2009 05:01 PM (6eZT2)

128 Brooks is like a 12 year old girl with a big vocabulary.

Posted by: itsonlywords at August 31, 2009 05:01 PM (j7+5H)

129 The Michelle Obama porcelain doll?

Ace are these real ads or are you just pulling or collective leg?

Posted by: Methos at August 31, 2009 05:03 PM (b34Vz)

130 I hope everybody that runs into Brooks' asks him if he likes their pants.

Posted by: Jean at August 31, 2009 05:04 PM (L64A6)

131 There's a m'chelle action figure, too.

Posted by: Dang Straights at August 31, 2009 05:05 PM (Haq+B)

132

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing

You might want to read that one again Mr Brooks while you're busy scribbling "david obama, david b. obama <3" on your notepad


Posted by: Ed Burke at August 31, 2009 05:05 PM (0Lv+U)

133 130,

I think punch him in the face would be the proper reaction.

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at August 31, 2009 05:06 PM (6eZT2)

134 My father has an IQ in the genius range. He could run rings around little bitches like Brooks and Obam,but I've never once seen him dress up his speech or ideasin order to put on a show.
He'severy bit as comfortable shooting the shit with the garbage man as he is talking to a CEO. And when he was still working, he knew the name of every janitor, secretary, and maintenance guy in the building.
There isn't anything elite about these "elites." The posters here haveit nailed. This is all about pretense. Small men with big egos.

Posted by: Warden at August 31, 2009 05:06 PM (QoR4a)

135 they're real ads... but google just has some, um, artificial intelligence that sees "obama" is mentioned so why not offer porcelain M'chelle dolls?

Posted by: ace at August 31, 2009 05:07 PM (d6tLI)

136 I knew Edmund Burke, and David, Obama is no Edmund Burke

Posted by: Adam Smith at August 31, 2009 05:07 PM (0Lv+U)

137 CS Lewis once said that one of the most horrible and corrupting temptations we have is the desire to be part of the Inner Circle, to be one of the in-crowd. And surely, when our ruling elites have constant, massive propaganda telling us that conservatives are Out and despicable, how tempting it is to NOT be numbered among them! Or to say.....well yes, I'm kinda conservative in some things, but not like those people.
Respectability. The precious idol of Frum, Brooks, CBuckley, Noonan, Cahrsel Jnnsoooh, etc etc etc etc etc

Posted by: Marilena at August 31, 2009 05:09 PM (ads9P)

138 3
Look, I'd quit stalking the guy if he would just spend a weekend with me in a bridal suite at the Marriott.





That bitch Michelle better keep her hands off him.

Posted by: David Brooks, Elite Genuine GOP Tastemaker at August 31, 2009 03:56 PM

Barry and I did it in the back of Air Force One, on a coast to coast flight and didn't come out until the plane landed. I can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch, so don't think you can take him from me you four-eyed fatass momma's boy


Posted by: Kathleen Parker at August 31, 2009 05:11 PM (0Lv+U)

139 138,

Cahrsel Jnnsoooh an elite? hahahahahahahahaha, my dear he's just another fatassed cocksucker in Cali that is in luuuuve with odumbass.

Posted by: 'Nam Grunt at August 31, 2009 05:12 PM (6eZT2)

140 Dang Straights 124, I think we're on it

Posted by: David Ross at August 31, 2009 05:12 PM (GwV+j)

141 Must be a gay guy thing, as a girl, Barrack leaves me longing for a man in 501s.

Posted by: madamex at August 31, 2009 05:13 PM (uOOTr)

142 Moreover, after the Bush years, Brooks seems relieved to have an intellectual in the White House again.
We intellectuals are so smart, we can judge the quality of how a man will be as President by checking out his smartly creased pant legs. Try to match that, you mouth-breathers!

Posted by: David Brooks at August 31, 2009 05:18 PM (8RVZH)

143 Once I saw that pic of Obama on the bicycle, he had me at hello

Posted by: Cahrsel Jhonsno at August 31, 2009 05:18 PM (0Lv+U)

144 140- He is terrified of being lumped into the Out-Crowd. Terrrified. A pitiful man......(using the word "man" very loosely.)

Posted by: Marilena at August 31, 2009 05:19 PM (ads9P)

145 LOL @ the Michelle O porcelain doll ad.

Ace should put up a lacewigs ad just for teh lulz.

BTW, do we have to click on the ads for them to pay?

Posted by: ol_dirty_/b/tard at August 31, 2009 05:19 PM (IoUF1)

146 77- "Snottification of the Punditocracy" That is gooooooooood!

Posted by: Marilena at August 31, 2009 05:22 PM (ads9P)

147 does this officially end Brooks' stint as gatekeeper in the hall of conservatism-Larry Craig's toetapping seems positively innocent by way of comparison.

Posted by: ed at August 31, 2009 05:24 PM (Urhve)

148 “I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us,” he explains. “Of recent presidents, Clinton could sort of talk like us, but Obama is definitely--you could see him as a New Republic writer."
Yes, I suppose you could. But Brookshas dropped all pretence of being a conservative when his "us" turns out to be himself, Obama, Clinton, and the New Republic.

Posted by: flenser at August 31, 2009 05:25 PM (8RVZH)

149 If I was Mrs. Brooks I would be very concerned, unless she is into 3 way. The mancrush thing, I find very creepy...very creepy.. Most manly men, and their women will just say..."Oh."

It's almost soft porn.

Posted by: ford at August 31, 2009 05:25 PM (Ki7fm)

150 Pants creases _can_ be fascinating. In The Doors of Perception, Huxley described the ecstasy of contemplating his own trouser folds while tripping on mescaline. Check it out man!

Posted by: gp at August 31, 2009 05:26 PM (KkGL2)

151 PS It would seem that being black is a good thing, does that make David a racist? Or just a man that knows what he likes.

Posted by: ford at August 31, 2009 05:26 PM (Ki7fm)

152 That first encounter is still vivid in Brooks’s mind. “I remember distinctly an image of--we were sitting on his couches, and I was looking at his pant leg and his perfectly creased pant,” Brooks says, “and I’m thinking, a) he’s going to be president and b) he’ll be a very good president.”

I wonder if the rest of his thought was something like, "...he will humiliate the United States in every country he visits he will quadruple the national debt in three months, he will destroy the CIA and its ability to defend us."

What a discarded douche nozzle this turd is.

Posted by: CoolCzech at August 31, 2009 05:27 PM (kzhuA)

153 # !50 David Brooks has dropped his pretense of being hetrosexual.

Posted by: ford at August 31, 2009 05:27 PM (Ki7fm)

154 I divide people into people who talk like us and who don’t talk like us...

...So, that’s why it’s important he doesn’t fuck this up.

What does this cockholster not understand? I somehow doubt the people who came up with the derivatives and mortgage-backed ponzi schemes that got us where we are now went to Idaho State U.

In other words, the people who "talk like us" have already fucked things up beyond belief, while the #1 person who doesn't "talk like us" has demonstrated an ability to govern sucessfully.

Posted by: ol_dirty_/b/tard at August 31, 2009 05:28 PM (IoUF1)

155 I may be presidential material if I can just convince my girlfriend to always handle the laundry. If I ever do it myself, though, and happen to bump into David Brooks....well then it is all over.

Posted by: Dave S at August 31, 2009 05:28 PM (4it72)

156 143- madamex- Must be a gay guy thing, as a girl, Barrack leaves me longing for a man in 501s.
Totally agreed. His features are reasonably handsome, but he is about as sexy as day-old oatmeal. No pheremones. Zero. Nada. The Dead Zone.

Posted by: Marilena at August 31, 2009 05:28 PM (ads9P)

157 It's almost soft porn.
Posted by: ford at August 31, 2009 05:25 PM
Selling fake news isn't working for the NYSlimes, so now they're trying the zipper-ripper gay romancereporting.

Posted by: RickZ at August 31, 2009 05:29 PM (is97c)

158 David, remember this trick I learned from Leonard Bernstein: To keep the perfect crease, keep the pants on a chair in your dressing room and don't put them on until it's time to go onstage.

Posted by: The Maestro at August 31, 2009 05:29 PM (0Lv+U)

159 You need a "big pleat" if your gonna avoid getting killed by Lt Worf.

Posted by: hutch1200 at August 31, 2009 05:29 PM (lAiX2)

160 Shit, after reading Brooksie's love drippings to Obama, I'm going to be forced to read AP's tweets to Meghan to look for ways to write down obsessive love and blind faith.

Posted by: David Frum at August 31, 2009 05:32 PM (0Lv+U)

161 after reading this it's clear that for a lot of media elite conservatives (Brooks, Noonan, Parker et al.) it more about class and style than actual ideology. That's why they love the intellectual Obama but find Palin just icky and déclassé.
That's my cue to make a plug for The Revolt Of The Elites.
http://tinyurl.com/4554y6
"The book's title is a take-off on Jose Ortega y Gasset's The Revolt of the Masses, a reactionary work published in 1930 that ascribed the crisis of Western culture to the "political domination of the masses." Ortega believed that the rise of the masses threatened democracy by undermining the ideals of civic virtue that characterized the old ruling elites. But in late twentieth-century America it is not the masses so much as an emerging elite of professional and managerial types who constitute the greatest threat to democracy, according to Lasch. The new cognitive elite is made up of what Robert Reich called "symbolic analysts" — lawyers, academics, journalists, systems analysts, brokers, bankers, etc. These professionals traffic in information and manipulate words and numbers for a living. They live in an abstract world in which information and expertise are the most valuable commodities. Since the market for these assets is international, the privileged class is more concerned with the global system than with regional, national, or local communities. In fact, members of the new elite tend to be estranged from their communities and their fellow citizens. "They send their children to private schools, insure themselves against medical emergencies ... and hire private security guards to protect themselves against the mounting violence against them," Lasch writes. "In effect, they have removed themselves from the common life.""

Posted by: flenser at August 31, 2009 05:32 PM (8RVZH)

162 I can suck a Golf Ball through a garden hose. And pleats.

Posted by: DBrooks1200 at August 31, 2009 05:33 PM (lAiX2)

163 his perfectly creased pant

The funny this is that you can get, for a nominal fee, a bead of silicone resin run down the the legs of your pants to give them a perfect crease in any condition, forever. If my $400 off-the rack job interview suit from Gentlemen's Wearhouse has it, I'm sure the $2000 (or whatever an expensive suits costs) suits His Holiness wears has it too.

"You're gonna like the way David Brooks kisses ass. I guarantee it."

Posted by: Beppo at August 31, 2009 05:35 PM (e2+KC)

164 Beppo, are you in San Jose?

Posted by: DBrooks1200 at August 31, 2009 05:38 PM (lAiX2)

165 Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. - Burke

Why yes, Edmund, yes it does.

Posted by: Bust of Edmund Burke at August 31, 2009 05:39 PM (8/DeP)

166 Beppo, are you in San Jose?

No, I'm in frakking Vermont where the corn from Obama's shit is believed to have life-sustaining properties.

Posted by: Beppo at August 31, 2009 05:42 PM (e2+KC)

167 Sounds like Brooks was more interested in Obama's inseam.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at August 31, 2009 05:44 PM (cvmgB)

168 Mr. Brooks can be found singing show-tunes with Frank Rich on an upside-down bar stool on almost any night in NYC

Posted by: phreshone at August 31, 2009 05:45 PM (wQx2m)

169 "They send their children to private schools, insure themselves against
medical emergencies ... and hire private security guards to protect
themselves against the mounting violence against them," Lasch writes.
"In effect, they have removed themselves from the common life.""

And like Gulliver's Cloud Kingdom, they live apart and discuss ever more banal topics of great importance to each other but meaningless to the population below.

Posted by: kbdabear at August 31, 2009 05:53 PM (0Lv+U)

170 What the fuck?! I guess since I'm not an intellectual and speak like a knuckle dragging neanderthal I can't relate to the esteemed David Brooks. Douche bag.

Posted by: Flyingright at August 31, 2009 05:56 PM (3vecS)

171 In all seriousness, is there a shred of credibility left to Brooks?
Can you imagine anywriter saying this about any political figure of our lifetime, and still having a career as a political commentator? journalist?

It is so out in gay town, and sexual in nature, it explains how men often hire good looking secretaries that are unable to do the work required. They just want to get laid.
Brooks just wants to get laid.

Posted by: ford at August 31, 2009 06:04 PM (Ki7fm)

172 " I divide men into two groups, those who fellatio and those who do not."
Isn't that what Brooks meant to say?

Posted by: ford at August 31, 2009 06:05 PM (Ki7fm)

173 Sorry to you Beppo. I have a Bro from our club on the W.C. who uses that handle. I never expected to see him here.
oh well, a convert lost. Best wishes, in that peoples republic!

Posted by: DBrooks1200 at August 31, 2009 06:07 PM (lAiX2)

174 @36 Thankyou. I thought the same thing when I read that line. I then rethought the exchange and realized that David Brooks meant that Obama uses poor grammar.
By his analysis my dry cleaner would make a good president.
How did half the men in this nation become soooooo gay?

Posted by: Dagny Taggart at August 31, 2009 06:09 PM (L6QXx)

175 God forgive me, but Brooks's words just gave me the urge to beat the living shit out of him
I'm a pretty mediocre Catholic, but I think the Almight might give you a pass on this one. What a pretentious, groveling ass Brooks is. So nice britches makes one more qualified to be President than any form of real life experience does? Send those lumpen proletariat firemen and cops and soldiers with their unsophisticated pants over to the Times building so Prince Dandy can explain that to them.
Christ, now I want to beat the shit out of him.

Posted by: UGAdawg at August 31, 2009 06:19 PM (/VjHB)

176 it explains how men often hire good looking secretaries that are unable to do the work required.
I wish my father would do that. All his secretaries look like the '86 Bears defensive line. He doesn't want anyone spreading a rumor that he's fucking a secretary, so he takes no chances and hired all she-tanks.

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177 Brooks just wants to get laid.
I think you mean he wants to be laid i.e. catching not pitching. And I guess that explains the enjoying the man who throws like a girl.

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the$20 dickies that i wear for work hold a "pant crease" LAMF
brooks just wants to blow the won, like someone commented earlier - they should just get a room already
me, i'll just point and laugh

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179 I figure Brooks has pretty totally beclowned himself by this point. Darleen has a great photoshop of him as a southern coquette she uses regularly, it fits well. What a pouf.

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Posted by: MostlyRight at August 31, 2009 06:53 PM (JLpuP)

181 Brooks just gave "Deep Throat" a bad name.
"Hey Honey, since I cooked dinner, how about a DBrooks Job?

Posted by: hutch1200 at August 31, 2009 06:53 PM (lAiX2)

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Posted by: Tattoo DePlane at August 31, 2009 07:21 PM (rrxDo)

183 Shouldn't BO's dry cleaner be the POTUS. I mean that must have been one impressive crease.

Posted by: twiceblessedmom at August 31, 2009 07:32 PM (sCCGl)

184 Can we ever win another election?
All the gheys, all the Mandingo loving white women, and all the blacks vote for "The One".
YES WE CAN!
Those who pay taxes, which doesn't include many of the above are sick of this shit.
Think of this, Jesse Helms won in NC,which has 30% black voters AND Fucking Chapel Hill dickheads.
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Posted by: Kempermanx at August 31, 2009 08:00 PM (2+9Yx)

185
I wonder what David Brooks would have said, had this been 1861 and he was seeing Abraham Lincoln for the first time? Maybe something like this:

"My God, we've fallen into the hands of an ape! I mean, he certainly doesn't talk like us, saying 'thar' and 'git' in his high-pitched voice like the Kentucky hillbilly he is! Look at that old black suit, so badly fitted, with the tie twisted off to one side, and that stovepipe hat that makes him look 19 feet tall! And Good Lord, the man is ugly! That wart on his cheek, the creases, those shovel-like hands: why you'd think the man actually had split rails! And his education, all Shakespeare and the Bible, and none of our modern thinkers!

"By contrast, look at Jefferson Davis. There is a true gentleman, an aristocrat to the tips of his fingers. All I have to do is look at the crease in his pants to realize that here is the saviour of our Republic!"

Posted by: Brown Line at August 31, 2009 08:17 PM (j7FD/)

186 What the hell, Brooks is Canadian. Hoser.

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at August 31, 2009 08:31 PM (aC0uO)

187 "Burkean", forsooth! I remember one time when Andrew Sullivan seriously maintained over a number of blogposts that if he were alive today, Samuel Johnson would be on HIS side and against George Bush on the subject of gay marriage. Just think of it! This is the same sort of fantasy-thinking. The writer is so deluded by his own wishful thinking, he has to conscript all his heroes of the past and bludgeon them until they assume the form of a praise choir.

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In plain English, he believes his delusion.

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190 If Democrats liberals are so wonderful and caring and in touch with the common man and want good things for all the people, then explain why the top ten worst cities in America have been run by Democraps for the past 40 years or so. Why is it that Demorats have such high hopes for education, yet wherever they touch it, it goes to pot? Graduation in top ten worst cities, run by Demoratsis the lowest in the nation. Yeah David, liberals are right about so many things. I just can't name one.

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