David Brooks has made a career off absurd pronouncements for which he is never held to account. His claim that, upon winning majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate last November, the Republican Party has abandoned its stupid ways to embrace a more moderate, measured approach to conservatism will go down in not-history as precisely one such pronouncement.
Here are his words, exactly as they appeared upon the hallowed pages of the New York Times:
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.
Bear in mind that at the time this was written, Tom Cotton had already expressed fears that ISIS was working with Mexican drug cartels to invade Arkansas.
But just last week, this Brooksian poster boy for the new generation of reasonable Republicans launched a spitball at the sitting President of the United States of America in the form of an open letter to the “government of Iran”, in which he assured any deal made between the Obama Administration and the Islamic Republic of Iran on the issue of the latter’s nuclear ambitions would not be honored should a Republican take the White House in two years.
In response, David Brooks does what David Brooks does: he pretends the past never fucking happened. From his March 13th piece, Hillary Clinton’s Big Test:
It used to be that presidents didn’t push the limits of executive authority by redefining the residency status of millions of people without congressional approval. It used to be that presidents didn’t go out negotiating arms control treaties in a way that doesn’t require Senate ratification. It used to be that senators didn’t write letters to hostile nations while their own president was negotiating with them.
No mention of who these mystery senators may be. No admission that these clowns are almost, to a man, confined to a single political party. No indication that these grotesque political maneuvers were orchestrated and executed by people he personally lauded only a few months before. All of this a brief exposition to his infallible dissection of the obstacles facing a would-be President Hillary Clinton.
It’s all predictably Brooksian.