I really don’t know where to start. I guess here is as good as anywhere else:
The big Republican accomplishment is that they have detoxified their brand. Four years ago they seemed scary and extreme to a lot of people. They no longer seem that way. The wins in purple states like North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado are clear indications that the party can at least gain a hearing among swing voters. And if the G.O.P. presents a reasonable candidate (and this year’s crop was very good), then Republicans can win anywhere. I think we’ve left the Sarah Palin phase and entered the Tom Cotton phase.
Tom Cotton? The guy who said ISIS is in collusion with Mexican Drug Cartels to invade the good state of Arkansas? That guy is “reasonable”? That guy is “detoxified”? What the fuck are you smoking, David Brooks?
Apart from this choad, who the fuck is David Brooks talking about?
Certainly not Iowa’s gun-toting soon-to-be Senator Joni Ernst. That is, unless, Brooks believes eliminating the Department of Education and the EPA, or banning travel from West Africa, or impeaching the President of the United States because he’s a “dictator” are the reasonable positions of a “detoxified” Republican candidate. He probably doesn’t, of course, and he can’t think too highly of a candidate who flat-out threatened liberals with her “beautiful little Smith & Wesson 9mm,” but he flat out refuses to talk about any of that.
Gail: I wouldn’t call this year’s crop very good, except in the sense that they’re definitely a less extreme group than we saw in the last few seasons. Although some – like Joni Ernst, who won the Senate seat in Iowa – are still downright scary.
But the Republicans have gotten very good at teaching their candidates how to tamp down political screechiness
David: I was especially struck by Ed Gillespie’s amazing showing in Virginia…
Good hustle, Gail, but that’s not the way this “dialogue” works. You aren’t supposed to question the Lord High David’s sacred scrivenings. You are to sit there quietly beneath his dining room table like a shivering and neglected puppy, grateful for whatever crumbs Master Brooks happens to drop. Now shut the fuck up and let him prophesy:
David: The final point is that this election marks the end of the Obama presidency’s power on the domestic front. In 2008, I would not have expected it to come to this. The verdict is still out on what Obama’s legacy will be, but it’s certainly true that he did not succeed where F.D.R., Reagan and even Clinton did — in building a plausible majority for his party.
That’s an interesting way of framing the issue, David. Let’s not talk about the 30 years of slander liberals have been suffering at the hands of your beloved Reagan, Bush and
Bush; or Republican legislators absolutely refusing to compromise on anything the president proposed.
How, pray tell, was Obama supposed to build a “plausible majority” from the pile of shit Republican voters left festering on the House and Senate floors? That’s not a question David Brooks is paid to answer, I’m afraid. Gotta keep this non-partisan and objective, of course. Both sides do it!