There are some people whose views you never forget, and for whom one statement becomes the one thing everyone remembers because it is so grotesque. This is from an article from The New Republic dated August 31, 2009. It is about David Brooks, who The New York Times chooses to call its columnist from the right
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.”
Now there’s a man with acute political judgement, someone you can turn to if you want to see past the superficial and get to the heart of the matter. “His perfectly creased pant” is now often quoted as the most perfect example of stupid in a political analyst in the United States, and there is a lot of stupid to compete. But he won it hands down. And now, showing just how unerring his judgement is, he is back with this: another article that says vote Hillary in that ever reliable more in sorrow than in anger column criticising Trump. To catch the flavour, here are the first two paras:
Donald Trump now looks set to be the Republican presidential nominee. So for those of us appalled by this prospect — what are we supposed to do?
Well, not what the leaders of the Republican Party are doing. They’re going down meekly and hoping for a quiet convention. They seem blithely unaware that this is a Joe McCarthy moment. People will be judged by where they stood at this time. Those who walked with Trump will be tainted forever after for the degradation of standards and the general election slaughter.
This from someone who endorsed Obama and has never rescinded a word of it. It will be the brain dead such as Brooks who may yet get Hillary over the line, but to call Brooks a “conservative” is worse than repulsive and disgusting, it is merely to realise he is a journalist, the modern synonym for liar. There will be not a voter in the United States influenced by a word he says but there are plenty around who think it. But what’s amazing is that he still has the nerve to say anything at all.
BTW does anyone know who the owner of The New York Times happens to be?
AND THIS JUST IN: Here’s a story that won’t surprise a soul: Poll: Not a Single White House Reporter Is a Republican.
Not a single member of the White House press corps is a registered Republican, according to survey results recently published by Politico.
Those results are buried in a story this week on President Barack Obama’s relationship with the press. An infographic posted in the story reveals that not a single one of the 72 members of the White House press corps surveyed by the Virginia-based trade publication identifies with the GOP.
And the more you think about it the more astonishing the bias becomes. Its therefore no surprise to find that “eighty-six percent said they expect Clinton to win” which is the outcome they intend to bring about if at all possible.