The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

NYT Editor: ‘We Wanted to Believe’

Posted on | September 20, 2011 | 21 Comments

Another rube self-identifies:

Just a few winters ago my wife and I took our daughters to witness the inauguration of a man who had campaigned on hope and embodied possibility. We are pretty immune to political euphoria, but, circulating among the footsore pilgrims, we could imagine our country had embraced the idea that we were all in this together. When the newly sworn-in president congratulated us all on choosing unity of purpose over recriminations and worn-out dogmas, we wanted to believe that we had done exactly that.

We already knew that New York Times editor Bill Keller was a gullible chump. We are surprised he would admit it so openly.

And speaking of chumps, David Brooks:

It recycles ideas that couldn’t get passed even when Democrats controlled Congress. . . .
This was the sort of speech that sounded better when Ted Kennedy was delivering it. The result is that we will get neither short-term stimulus nor long-term debt reduction anytime soon, and I’m a sap for thinking it was possible.
Yes, I’m a sap. I believed Obama when he said he wanted to move beyond the stale ideological debates that have paralyzed this country.

And here is why you’re a sap, Brooks: You looked at the long era of Republican ascendance (1981-2006) and decided that the cause of GOP policy failure was that Republicans were too conservative. Ergo, you reasoned, some sort of “moderate” bipartisan compromise was the solution. But the failures of the GOP are due to other reasons entirely — including the constant stream of disinformation flowing from the media — and so the bipartisan compromise approach you recommend only leads to Democrat victories.

Comments

  • JeffS

    This was the sort of speech that sounded better when Ted Kennedy was delivering it.

    Note to Mr. Brooks: 

    Using Ted Kennedy as a benchmark for political leadership is a bad idea.  Aside from his decades long tantrum over being denied the Presidency after he got Mary Jo Kopechne killed in that car wreck, Kennedy had more alcohol flowing in his veins than blood. 

    And using Kennedy as any sort of benchmark (aside from membership qualification in Alcoholics Anonymous) confirms your RINO status. 

  • Joe

    And here is why you’re a sap, Brooks: You looked at the long era of Republican ascendance (1981-2006) and decided that the cause of GOP policy failure was that Republicans were too conservative. Ergo, you reasoned, some sort of “moderate” bipartisan compromise was the solution. But the failures of the GOP are due to other reasons entirely — including the constant stream of disinformation flowing from the media — [and mostly Republicans not sticking true to the principles of fiscal conservatism and classical liberal ideals]and so the bipartisan compromise approach you recommend only leads to Democrat victories.

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  • dr kill

    But what about the sharply-pressed trouser crease? Don’t fucking tell me that doesn’t still count for something.
    Bwahahahahaha.   Brooks you asshole.

    I see our self-appointed betters in the so-called conservative media beginning to position themselves for relevancy during the Perry administration.  Like Granddad said, – Never underestimate what a man will do to keep a good-payin’ job-

  • Garym

    And they call us Palin supporters myopic …….. wait did I say that out loud?

  • http://twitter.com/smitty_one_each Chris Smith

    And yet, myopia is relatively better than blindness.

  • JeffS

    Shhhhhh!  You’ll upset Tucker Carlson.

  • Garym

    With them it is willful blindness. They deliberately “didn’t see” his past associations, his writings ( or lack there of ), and his comments to joe the plumber during the campaign.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    David Chauncey Gardiner Brooks Fisks himself!!!

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    He’ll go blind if he keeps this up!…oh, wait, he already is…forget this…forget I even spoke.

  • Garym

    I think he likes just being there. ; )

  • Garym

    And to watch.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Ever notice these old media types only discover the burning need for “bipartisanship” after strong Republican victories?  When Democrats win, it’s all about their “mandate” (and in this case that doesn’t mean their nightclubbing plans).

    It is sort of funny how the NYT liberals are only able to draw their inflated paychecks because of the money Carlos Slim skimmed from poor, brown-skinned people in a developing nation, though. 

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    Now now, JeffS, be kind. Remember, Teddy was John McCain’s “beloved friend”.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    I heard someplace the AP has “turned on Obama” as well, at least on some matter if not in general. I think what we are seeing is a nationwide media talent hunt. Calling all liberals-somebody please step up to challenge Obama before those evil gun-and-bible toters take over the country. Since they have to know that would split the party and probably cause a route at the polls, I would be very surprised if some of the Democrat Party hierarchy doesn’t get around to pressuring Obumout to resign.

  • http://pointofagun.blogspot.com/ Dave C

    So will they continue to be the chump come next election time?

    Or will Brooks once more turn his eye toward the well pressed crease in Obama’s pants again?

    I think that’s the crucial question that needs to be asked.  

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t that the at least the third strike against  both of them?

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    I was being sarcastic. Every time I see Kennedy’s name in print I always think of the public declarations of love by then Republican Presidential candidate McCain, the man who gave hugs to his former North Vietnamese prison commander.

    Then I think of people like Tucker, and our recent friend Mr. Treacher.

    And then I wonder how many percentage points Obama is going to end up beating us by this time.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Man, Adj, you’ve been on-fire these past few days.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    A stiff crease has no conscience .

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