Tag Archives: David Brooks

Obama’s Second Term

I must say I am looking forward to the President’s second Inaugural Address on Monday. In my lifetime there have only been two second term Democratic presidencies and Bill Clinton began his second term with the shadow of the Whitewater … Continue reading

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Private Equity Myth

As many of you know, David Brooks is one of the few conservative columnists that I regard highly. But occasionally he writes something that is so boneheaded, it makes you wonder. Such a column was his defense of Mitt Romney … Continue reading

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Hedgehog and the Fox

Sir Isaiah Berlin wrote a wonderful little book called The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy’s View of History. Here is a quick version of Berlin’s thesis. ‘A fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big … Continue reading

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New Liberalism

I had dinner last night with one of the most important conservative media voices in America and some of his friends. I had gone to the dinner expecting some fireworks, but was totally caught off guard by his charm and … Continue reading

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Inequality Smackdown

I always love it when David Brooks and Paul Krugman tussle on the pages of the New York Times. On Monday, Brooks wrote a column called The Wrong Inequality, arguing that the Occupy Movement was wrong to target the 1% … Continue reading

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Failure Is An Orphan

Two weeks ago, I said that a profound split in the Republican Party would become apparent on November 5 if John McCain lost. Turns out the pros aren’t waiting for the death certificate to fight over the corpse. With despair … Continue reading

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The Future of The Republican Party

There is a great deal of hand-wringing going on inside the Republican Party right now. The potential of a landslide blowout by Obama and the Democrats is inevitably leading to a battle over which faction will control the Republican Party … Continue reading

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David Brooks' Regrets

When a major Republican pundit like Brooks can’t stand where is party is going, you just have to stand back and listen. House Republicans led the way and will get most of the blame. It has been interesting to watch … Continue reading

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Brooks on Palin

The New York Times resident conservative on Palin. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and … Continue reading

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The End of the Uber-Libertarian

The conservative columnist David Brooks argues this morning that the basic principle that the conservative movement has been run on since Barry Goldwater–rugged individualism–is both wrong and disproven by science. Goldwater’s vision was highly individualistic and celebrated a certain sort … Continue reading

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