David Brooks Misses Barack Obama

 

So, David Brooks must have woke up yesterday morning and thought about how the “pants crease” endorsement was the Stupidest Thing He Had Ever Written. He then thought, you know, I bet I can top it. So he took out his laptop and wrote a smarmy Valentine’s Day card to Barack Obama, declaring him so much more awesomely better than those brutes that the Republican Party is running.

Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss, and that I suspect we will all miss a bit, regardless of who replaces him.

In getting to that paragraph, he commends — I am not making this up — Obama’s “remarkably scandal-free administration,” his willingness to consider points of view other than his own, and the flawless grace and class of Obama and the First Lady.

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  1. BrentB67 Inactive
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    V the K, I commend you for selecting the least inflammatory or controversial quote from Mr. Brooks column.

    Brooks column is completely unhinged from reality. I think a democrat would be embarrassed to author such a thing (if we can find one with shame).

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  2. A-Squared Inactive
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    It’s hard when you know your paramour is going to move across the country next year.

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  3. Austin Murrey Inactive
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    V the K:In getting to that paragraph, he commends… I am not making this up… Obama’s “remarkably scandal-free administration,” the flawless grace and class of Obama and the first lady, and Obama’s willingness to consider points of view other than his own.

    A man on the search for truth indeed.

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  4. Brian Watt Member
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    To paraphrase the late great Dan Hicks, who died yesterday: “How can I miss him if he won’t go away?”

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  5. genferei Member
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    Having read the whole thing, and not being a regular Brooks reader, I half wonder if this is just a sly way of sticking the knife into Clinton, Cruz, Trump and, yes, Obama.

    But only half.

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  6. Ball Diamond Ball Inactive
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    [redacted for vulgarity]

    Wow, didn’t see that one coming.  No offense intended except to the conservative stalwart Brooks.

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  7. Ball Diamond Ball Inactive
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    Thank you V the K for mucking this stable from time to time.

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  8. Songwriter Inactive
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    BrentB67:Brooks column is completely unhinged from reality. I think a democrat would be embarrassed to author such a thing (if we can find one with shame).

    Good luck with that last part, Brent.

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  9. Songwriter Inactive
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    Brooks is the perfect example to demonstrate that media personalities should not get to label themselves. Brooks has chosen to be called a Republican (and allows others to call him that), but he clearly does not understand what it means.

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  10. Sandy Member
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    This is nauseating. I’m sorry you had to read it, V the K, but thanks for doing the hard work some of us can’t.

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  11. RyanFalcone Member
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    Perhaps the house he grew up in was under power lines.

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  12. BrentB67 Inactive
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    RyanFalcone:Perhaps the house he grew up in was under power lines.

    It’s early, but as of this writing you win Ricochet today.

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  13. A-Squared Inactive
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    I just read the whole column. I threw up a little in my mouth several times.

    Why does David Brooks call himself a conservative?  Why does anyone allow him to call himself a conservative? Why does anyone read David Brooks?

    Why am I asking so many questions?

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  14. BrentB67 Inactive
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    Songwriter:Brooks is the perfect example to demonstrate that media personalities should not get to label themselves. Brooks has chosen to be called a Republican (and allows others to call him that), but he clearly does not understand what it means.

    I am not so sure that is the case.

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  15. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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    The Times’s idea of  conservative, they mean a tame, housebroken eunuch, they would be delighted if we were all this way and frankly they don’t understand why we aren’t since Obama’s greatness is obvious.

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  16. Miffed White Male Member
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    That Barack Obama, in addition to being one heck of a President, is one heck of an op-ed writer too.

    I mean, Obama did write that thing himself, right?  Because that’s about the only explanation I can come up with for the adulation expressed.

    By the way, if you think the column is bad, do *NOT* wade into the comments section for it.

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  17. Vald the Misspeller Inactive
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    David Brooks, asshat to the multiverse, is on a journey — following the crease in Barry’s pants — from ‘jerk’ to ‘jackwagon’. Currently he’s somewhere in between. Jerkwagon?

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  18. Mark Thatcher
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    Don’t know why anyone would be surprised; after all, Brooks gets his news from the New York Times.

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  19. Roberto Member
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    A-Squared:

    Why does David Brooks call himself a conservative?

    I have been wondering about this myself and am beginning to suspect it is purely opportunistic. Mr. Brooks is often served up as the voice of conservatives at the NYT, opposite Mark Shields on PBS, opposite E.J. Dionne on NPR etc.

    If he were to end this charade, this claim, then what would he have? Who would he be? Why merely one of the legions of milquetoast “moderate” political commentators out there all competing for attention. His shtick is to be the designated house conservative for all his Leftists colleagues to play off of, without that he has nothing.

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  20. V the K Member
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    Roberto:

    If he were to end this charade, this claim, then what would he have? Who would he be? Why merely one of the legions of milquetoast “moderate” political commentators out there all competing for attention. His shtick is to be the designated house conservative for all his Leftists colleagues to play off of, without that he has nothing.

    I never thought about that, but, damn, it makes sense.

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  21. Franco Member
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    Brooks is conservative. To him it’s a dress code, a set of manners and the ability to put on a State dinner. There are many of these on “our side” where this part of “conservatism” holds special weight, even here (especially?) on Ricochet…Mona Charen for example.
    This is a luxury those of us who are without vast savings to weather Democrat administrations don’t have. We who hear harsh language on a daily basis, often from our bosses, customers, passers-by at Wal-Mart, who experience third-world manners first-hand, who ride subways and buses…
    I’ll just call them Classy Conservatives, and believe me, it’s a real rift on the right.
    These folks have it made no matter what and they opine and vote accordingly.

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  22. Herbert Inactive
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    Has anyone ever googled whether President Obama has ever called a political opponent a pussy?

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  23. Martel Inactive
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    What I wouldn’t give to be on a Sunday morning political discussion panel with David Brooks.

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  24. TKC1101 Inactive
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    Ball Diamond Ball:[redacted for vulgarity]

    Give us a hint, sounds like?

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  25. BrentB67 Inactive
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    Herbert:Has anyone ever googled whether President Obama has ever called a political opponent a pussy?

    If he did I am sure it would be scrubbed from the internet in milliseconds.

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  26. Mark Thatcher
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    BrentB67:

    Herbert:Has anyone ever googled whether President Obama has ever called a political opponent a pussy?

    If he did I am sure it would be scrubbed from the internet in milliseconds.

    No, but he did give Hillary the finger in 2008.  He’s also done it to Ryan and others.

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  27. Vance Richards Member
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    Roberto:

    A-Squared:

    Why does David Brooks call himself a conservative?

    I have been wondering about this myself and am beginning to suspect it is purely opportunistic. Mr. Brooks is often served up as the voice of conservatives at the NYT, opposite Mark Shields on PBS, opposite E.J. Dionne on NPR etc.

    If he were to end this charade, this claim, then what would he have? Who would he be? Why merely one of the legions of milquetoast “moderate” political commentators out there all competing for attention. His shtick is to be the designated house conservative for all his Leftists colleagues to play off of, without that he has nothing.

    The round table discussions always try to cover a wide variety of view points, from the far Left all the way to the extreme Left.

    Anyway, Salon is criticizing the Brooks piece as being to nice toward the GOP candidates.

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  28. Franco Member
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    Herbert:Has anyone ever googled whether President Obama has ever called a political opponent a pussy?

    It bothers me more how a word comes to mean something vulgar – especially by those who are the most prudish, ironically.

    For communication, there must be a sender and a receiver. Pussy to my grandmother means a feline animal. To me as a kid, it meant coward, but to prudes… it means vagina (can I say that?).

    So the context here was coward, but you are the one stuck with the vagina image. Too bad for you.

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  29. Herbert Inactive
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    Franco:

    So the context here was coward, but you are the one stuck with the vagina image. Too bad for you.

    Well Ted does have an effeminate demeanor,  so we can ask Trump which definition that he would prefer….

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  30. Franco Member
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    Herbert:

    Franco:

    So the context here was coward, but you are the one stuck with the vagina image. Too bad for you.

    Well Ted does have an effeminate demeanor, so we can ask Trump which definition that he would prefer….

    Pussy does not mean “effeminate” in common usage, and he just repeated the word shouted out by a female in the audience. It was about waterboarding and Cruz’s reluctance to use that method. So your strange notions that it could mean something else just shows willful ignorance on your part.

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