David Brooks takes a handful of unidentified and out-of-context poll results, throws them against his computer screen, draws conclusions he‘s ideologically obligated to draw -- the Obama era is over, and then kindly offers bogus advice to the President. It’s good to be an overpaid NYT op/ed columnist.
This was Brooks’ boldest declaration:
All presidents fall from their honeymoon highs, but in the history of polling, no newly elected American president has fallen this far this fast.You‘re right, he’s wrong -- but hey, it’s only the fucking New York Times.
Comparative poll results and analysis here reveal where Brooks went wrong. And if you want visual proof of just how twitchy Americans are, click here.
This isn’t the first time Brooks has gibbered on about a Democratic electoral death march, and it won’t be the last. I only hope that the next time the guy at least has the courtesy to identify the polls he’s misinterpreting and enough sense to stop writing gag-worthy pomposities like Obama must “proceed in a manner consistent with the spirit of the nation and the times.”
Ryan Sager calls bullshit.
Most prominently, David Brooks claims we are watching what he calls “the Obama slide.” And he claims we’ve arrived here because the administration “has promoted one policy after another that increases spending and centralizes power in Washington.”Lots of good stuff in Sager’s post… read the whole thing.
I’m a libertarian. I’d love it if the American people despised government spending and centralization and punished any politician who tried it. But that’s bullshit, and I suspect Brooks knows it.