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David Brooks is one of those people I simultaneously enjoy very much, and dislike myself for liking.

He’s a “conservative” in the northeastern sense of the term – and very, very much of the Northeastern media/political establishment. He’s the “conservative” that NPR will talk with.

And being of the establishment, he shares a perspective on the events of the day with the people he rubs elbows with.

Which, I theorize, led to this tweet last week:

There’s something to that, sort of. Trump isn’t just a symptom of this nation’s tribalism – he’s someone who’s profited politically by exploiting the tribalism.

But if you think the “decline in discourse” started with Trump’s election, I’ve got tickets to the Hillary Clinton inaugural ball to sell you.

Remember the Tea Party? The utterly egalitarian community of small-government activists that sprang up a little over ten years ago?

Back in those days before Orange Man was Literally Hitler (but after the Good Republican, John McCain, served as Literally Hitler for a few months), the establishment of which Brooks is a member acted like the Tea Party was Andrew Jackson’s supporters tracking mud into John Quincy Adams’s White House. Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign was only deked out of being “the most identity-obsessed campaign in history” by Hillary, who will only be eclipsed by (NOTE TO 2020 MITCH – FILL IN THE NAME OF THE DEMOCRAT NOMINEE).

Trump may well be “stupid” – but he didn’t “make” anyone that way. He masterfully exploited the by-products of the “stupidity – tribalism, anger, arrogance, partisanship – that the Democrats have been cultivating for a couple of decades, now.

7 thoughts on “Order

  1. Meanwhile, I bet Nancy Pelosi had to double her Botox injections this morning after the reception Mr. & Mrs. Trump received at the Superdome last night for the NCAA football final.

  2. Interesting the terms used by someone who is anti-(ish)Trump to describe a (stupid) politician who has found success (profited) by representing (exploiting) a neglected demographic (a tribe).

    And exactly where has David Brooks and his “intelligent conversation[s] about any complex policy problem” gotten us over the last 50 years?

  3. jdm on January 14, 2020 at 3:12 pm said:
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    And exactly where has David Brooks and his “intelligent conversation[s] about any complex policy problem” gotten us over the last 50 years?

    Exactly. How is Brooks a better commenter on public policy than any random person? Brooks was wrong about all the important things, right about the trivial things. Hell, anyone can be Brooks.

  4. I agree with Mitch that Brooks is a softball conservative and mildly annoying to listen to on NPR- although somewhat refreshing to have some sort of representation. I also feel like a POD proxy in pointing out that Trump is playing 4D chess instead of the standard 3D. I don’t agree with everything he does at the time, but the majority of what he has done has worked out well for conservatives and Americans in general.

  5. “Trump may well be stupid…”. Which so far makes him much smarter than any political opponent and most of the MSM.

  6. I’m so tired of these conversations . . .

    Liberal: give me all your money

    Conservative: i don’t think that’s a good idea.

    Liberal: you don’t understand. you must be ignorant. here, let me explain it . . . and therefore, the solution is for you to give me all your money.

    Conservative: no, thanks, I prefer not.

    Liberal: You can’t be ignorant of the facts and reasoning, I just explained it. If you don’t agree, you must be too stupid to understand the explanation.

    Conservative: no, i understand, you think that me giving you all my money will solve the world’s problems because of some magical-thinking-theory. i just don’t agree with your conclusion. i think i’d be better off to keep my money, and so would everybody else.

    Liberal: if you’re not ignorant, and you’re not stupid, then you must be wicked. you greedy thing, how dare you keep your ill-gotten gains. you didn’t build that. you don’t deserve it. hand it over, you kulak, you wrecker.

    Conservative: [sigh]

    Go ahead and substitute RINO for Liberal. Doesn’t change a thing.

  7. I also feel like a POD proxy in pointing out that Trump is playing 4D chess instead of the standard 3D. I don’t agree with everything he does at the time, but the majority of what he has done has worked out well for conservatives and Americans in general.

    Thanks for the compliment I think PaulM. Whenever someone says Trump is stupid I just have to laugh to myself. You dont deal in NYC real eastate for the better part of 3 decades and take a $1 million loan and turn it into a billion dollar empire by being stupid. The Left is angry because he not only beat their anonited one but is argubly the most effective conservative president since Eisenhower. We cant be complacent but I really believe if we can turn out people in November 2020 it wont even be close in the Electoral College, and he might win the popular vote too. Also he uses Twitter as more of a distraction than anything, then goes and gets things done.

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