RIP David Brooks

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Frum's a smart feller but I've never quite forgiven him for:

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:09 (five years ago) Permalink

i hate david frum and the things he has historically stood for but at least he's not a total waste of space

horseshoe, Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Not the right thread, but since we're posting remarks by GOP buffoons here's Douthat's latest dispatch from fantasyland.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 October 2011 19:42 (five years ago) Permalink

So Frum with some hand-wringing seemingly admitted yesterday that stimulus might have been necessary and now Douthat says stimulus would have been ok if it had been done by a President McCain (in a better way of course than the Dems did). Oy veh.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:01 (five years ago) Permalink

oh douchehatpaws

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:22 (five years ago) Permalink

more like Ross don'tdouthat amirite

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:23 (five years ago) Permalink

my fav douthat moment was when i saw him interviewed on tv and the interviewer read a wonkete quote that called him a something like a misogynist neck beard homunculus and his response was all 'well sometimes you make arguments that work and sometimes they kinda fall flat but you know' and it was like dawg they just called u a homunculus

ice cr?m, Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:29 (five years ago) Permalink

lol

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:33 (five years ago) Permalink

In November 2009 I saw Douthat on a Friday at noon in the gay portion of Dupont Circle with a man-friend.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 October 2011 20:36 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

haha wow: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/opinion/workers-of-the-world-unite.html

s.clover, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 02:57 (five years ago) Permalink

this turdball should write slashfic:

Occasionally you get a candidate, like Tim Pawlenty, who grew up working class. But he gets sucked up by the consultants, the donors and the professional party members and he ends up sounding like every other Republican. Other times a candidate will emerge who taps into a working-class vibe — Pat Buchanan, Mike Huckabee or Sarah Palin. But, so far, these have been flawed candidates who get buried under an avalanche of negative ads and brutal coverage.

This year, Romney is trying to establish some emotional bond with the working class by waging a hyperpatriotic campaign: I may be the son of a millionaire with a religion that makes you uncomfortable, but I love this country just like you. The strategy appears to be only a partial success.

Enter Rick Santorum.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 02:59 (five years ago) Permalink

The country doesn’t want an election that is Harvard Law versus Harvard Law.

wait, hasn't david brooks spent years arguing that this is a perfectly good thing??

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 03:32 (five years ago) Permalink

If you took a working-class candidate from the right, like Santorum, and a working-class candidate from the left, like Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and you found a few islands of common ground, you could win this election by a landslide.

Brown was born in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of Emily (née Campbell) and Charles Gailey Brown, M.D.[1] He was named after his maternal grandfather. He became an Eagle Scout in 1967. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian studies from Yale University in 1974. At Yale, he was in Davenport College, the same residential college as U.S. Presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush

jhøshea nrq (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 4 January 2012 03:38 (five years ago) Permalink

and you found a few islands of common ground

Sometimes he sounds just like Tom Friedman

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 05:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Has anyone read the Life Reports David Brooks has been running in the nytimes? It's a really good way to make yourself hopeless and depressed.

Nicole, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 14:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Otoh, you can probably say that about anything relating to David Brooks.

Nicole, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 14:37 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/opinion/brooks-the-materialist-fallacy.html

had to physically restrain myself from ripping the skin off my face as I was reading this.

s.clover, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:08 (five years ago) Permalink

He really is such a dunce.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:33 (five years ago) Permalink

what the hell's he talking about

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 20:29 (five years ago) Permalink

yogurt, I think

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 21:51 (five years ago) Permalink

He is doing a little kid level response to the standard criticism of Murray's latest book

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 22:17 (five years ago) Permalink

more like Roast in Piss

happiness is the new productivity (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Please take a number, if you would like to be the next columnist/blogger/economist etc. to critique David Brooks' latest pronouncement:

Here's Dean Baker

http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/david-brooks-denounces-economics-is-biology-next

Brooks also has an interesting theory on the loss of skills. He tells readers:

"The American social fabric is now so depleted that even if manufacturing jobs miraculously came back we still would not be producing enough stable, skilled workers to fill them."

Five years ago we had two million more people employed in manufacturing than we do today. Has the social fabric become so depleted in this period that these people or others could now not fill these jobs if they came back? If Brooks really thinks that the ill effects of unemployment are that extreme he should be screaming for more stimulus in every column.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:11 (five years ago) Permalink

brooks recasts real world problems as a morality play in his role as conservative apologist: every david brooks column

lag∞n, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:14 (five years ago) Permalink

tho often i guess they are not so much real world problems as fake made up problems

lag∞n, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Today's helping, courtesy of a certain ilx alumnus: http://www.salon.com/2012/02/17/david_brooks_i_have_heard_of_jeremy_lin/singleton/

But even while grappling with the tension between religious values and contemporary cultural values, which is basically well within Brooks’ wheelhouse, he demonstrates a hilarious misunderstanding of sports, and what sports are “about,” because Mr. Brooks has been spending far too much time in his cloistered elite liberal media ivory tower munching on brie and arugula and not enough time among Real Americans in their “Sporting Taverns” watching “The Big Game” over a pint of mass-market domestic lager.

Spleen of Hearts (kingfish), Friday, 17 February 2012 21:59 (five years ago) Permalink

suspect beating up brooks when u need an easy column will outlast "analyzing" linsanity/linreality tbh

the fading ghost of schadenfreude whiplash (Hunt3r), Friday, 17 February 2012 22:24 (five years ago) Permalink

A few generations ago, teenagers went steady. But over the past decades, the dating relationship has been replaced by a more amorphous hook-up culture.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:20 (five years ago) Permalink

a few generations ago, it was legal to marry a 15 year old

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:28 (five years ago) Permalink

a few generations ago, interracial marriage was against the law

max buzzword (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:28 (five years ago) Permalink

a few generations ago, bestiality was legal in Florida

ENERGY FOOD (en i see kay), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:36 (five years ago) Permalink

The half-century between 1912 and 1962 was a period of great wars and economic tumult but also of impressive social cohesion. Marriage rates were high. Community groups connected people across class

In the half-century between 1962 and the present, America has become more prosperous, peaceful and fair, but the social fabric has deteriorated. Social trust has plummeted. Society has segmented. The share of Americans born out of wedlock is now at 40 percent and rising.

Ah, the good ol' days..... If only married people had kids, we could have impressive social cohesion and a strong social fabric like we did before 1961, when only men could get decent jobs and we kept those darned negroes out of our good schools, restaurants, and bus seats....

everything else is secondary (Lee626), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:41 (five years ago) Permalink

beyond self-parody at this point

ploppawheelie V (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Can't be a coincidence that his name is *this* close to douche-hat: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/opinion/sunday/douthat-the-safe-legal-rare-illusion.html

s.clover, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:42 (five years ago) Permalink

First they went after the Rockefeller Republicans, but I was not a Rockefeller Republican. Then they went after the compassionate conservatives, but I was not a compassionate conservative. Then they went after the mainstream conservatives, and there was no one left to speak for me.

iatee, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:58 (five years ago) Permalink

Got pretty bummed because he's scheduled to speak at a conference I'll be attending next month, which meant I would have had to cover his talk for our org's magazine. Was dreading that. But turns out he's speaking at a luncheon during the conference, so I think I'm free of that burden!

andrew m., Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:12 (five years ago) Permalink

does your org have a rule against reporting on luncheons?

goole, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:13 (five years ago) Permalink

one more liberal wanting a free ride!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:15 (five years ago) Permalink

David Brooks making right-wingers angry:

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/02/28/is-david-brooks-comparing-the-tea-party-to-nazis/

I would also point out that the Rockefeller Republicans were losers and compassionate conservatism put us on the brink of financial ruin

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:44 (five years ago) Permalink

the last half of the sentence OTM

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Similar statements were made about Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and John McCain.

maybe reagan but otherwise, no, child

goole, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:49 (five years ago) Permalink

well ok W in 04 too

goole, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:49 (five years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
three weeks pass...

The strategies covered here start from a similar premise—that human beings are blessed with many talents but are also burdened by sinfulness, ignorance and weakness, which is why I call on both parties for common sense solutions to our problems, the most notable of which is a cat o' nine tails.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 January 2013 23:39 (four years ago) Permalink

We will pay special attention to those who attended elite prep schools and universities.

u don't say

flopson, Monday, 14 January 2013 23:40 (four years ago) Permalink

someone please call his office phone

iatee, Monday, 14 January 2013 23:50 (four years ago) Permalink

Modern societies have become economically and socially more unequal. We will explore status competition and the desire for social distinction—executives who feel unabashed when asking for lavish salaries. We will ask whether it is proper to put a Yale window sticker on the back of your car. We will look at codes of social modesty and ask whether modest people make better business leaders

Mordy, Monday, 14 January 2013 23:53 (four years ago) Permalink

oh good

mookieproof, Friday, 16 September 2016 13:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

YES

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 September 2016 13:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

When Europeans first settled this continent they had two big thoughts. The first was that black people were not human beings. The second was that it was acceptable, therefore, to treat them like cattle.

Cumstaun (Phil D.), Friday, 16 September 2016 14:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

i personally rested in peace after reading this garbage

assawoman bay (harbl), Saturday, 17 September 2016 01:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Who the fuck is reading Brooks and nodding and agreeing with him, I want to slap those people

SOMEONE'S got to program the propaganda simulacra (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 17 September 2016 03:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

i mean he's no maureen dowd

Mordy, Saturday, 17 September 2016 03:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/10/11/opinion/donald-trumps-sad-lonely-life.html

The funniest part is the gorilla bit

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 13:58 (six months ago) Permalink

But maybe i just find anthropomorphism funnier than most ppl idk

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 13:59 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

mookieproof, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Lickspittle

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:33 (three months ago) Permalink

Ugh I really hoped he was dead this time

flappy bird, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:38 (three months ago) Permalink

Hope springs eternal

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:55 (three months ago) Permalink

^^^ I read it this afternoon. Wonderful.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Why do people, who know how to read and write, spend so much time doing both to the NYT pundits? Please shout that at the top of your lungs to get the effect of how I feel about the question.

The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 01:41 (three months ago) Permalink

why attach that video though

flappy bird, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 02:04 (three months ago) Permalink

I forgot the caption where I think writing about david brooks instead of doing anything else is probably like that guy going YO instead of calling 911? as I write about people writing about david brooks because I'm procrastinating on some work that I really need to do tonight because the idea that I'll have time to do it tomorrow is laughable.

I think really the metaphor I believe in is that the gas tanker flipping over and exploding is the NYT editorial page, America is all the other vehicles, and we are the guy with the phone, and nothing we do matters.

The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 02:30 (three months ago) Permalink

@dick_nixon
The much-younger woman who played no part in David Brooks' divorce, the "research assistant," I wonder how she feels.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 02:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Why do people, who know how to read and write, spend so much time doing both to the NYT pundits?

I know there are several blogger who feel it is their duty to analyze every word Brooks (& other NYT columnists) writes because this is the ruling class talking to itself.

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 17:09 (three months ago) Permalink

After this sad attempt at a Presidency implodes, there will be several takes on how it was the fault of our era and social media in particular that Trump could not succeed, followed by immediate and yet extremely well-thought-out ripostes from all of these intelligent bloggers, and it will be yet another drop in the opportunity cost bucket of idle smart people, and Bobo will keep his job.

The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:50 (three months ago) Permalink

I can discuss Brooks and overthrow Trump and chew gum at the same time.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:51 (three months ago) Permalink

try not to swallow the gum

mookieproof, Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:56 (three months ago) Permalink

my throat can only swallow gin

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 January 2017 01:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Healthy approach.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 26 January 2017 02:45 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/opinion/the-politics-of-cowardice.html

dayummm

j., Friday, 27 January 2017 18:12 (three months ago) Permalink

he looked for the good news in others and saw the arc of history bending toward progress.

god stfu Reagan hated MLK

Οὖτις, Friday, 27 January 2017 18:15 (three months ago) Permalink

every time this thread gets bumped I get my hopes up

Οὖτις, Friday, 27 January 2017 18:15 (three months ago) Permalink

god stfu Reagan hated MLK

― Οὖτις, Friday, January 27, 2017

lol yes

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 January 2017 18:17 (three months ago) Permalink

xp same

flappy bird, Friday, 27 January 2017 18:23 (three months ago) Permalink

he looked for the good news in others and saw the arc of history bending toward progress.

This was the same Reagan started his campaign at a _very_ particular spot in the South, should be also noted.

THE SKURJ OF FAKE NEWS. (kingfish), Friday, 27 January 2017 18:30 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

ok so did he get fired from the times or what

flappy bird, Friday, 14 April 2017 18:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(reference: David Brooks vs. George Will)

The Jams Manager (1992, Brickster) (El Tomboto), Friday, 14 April 2017 18:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That thread says yes, but he has a column today unfortunately (which isn't as objectionable as usual, but probably contradicts stuff he has written in the past)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/opinion/the-cuomo-college-fiasco.html?ref=opinion

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 April 2017 20:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

But his FB page says ex-columnist for NY Times

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 April 2017 20:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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