David Brooks has lost all relevance, but he still writes for the NYT, so some people must still take him seriously. I follow his writings because he represents what went wrong with the Right, although Brooks will say he's a Centrist or something vague to avoid committment -- however, Brooks is like a lot of squishy thinkers who influenced the Republican Party to comproimise with what they thought was the current political fashion -- progressivism. All the young people and the minorities and the women were going progressive, so Brooks and the Compromisers recommended softening the Republican approach and reaching out to young voters, ditch the old stodgy image and let the public know that Republicans have heart -- compassionate conservatives! Statism is not compassionate.
Now Brooks believes that cynical gameplaying by Obama is the ticket to re-election. Brooks fell in love with Obama around 2007, and he hasn't been able to comment on him since without appearing delusional. Brooks thinks Obama hit the "sweet spot" with his speech yesterday, that blindsiding Paul Ryan, then basically promoting vague cuts, but assuring everyone he's going to spend more than he cuts, is the sweet spot. Obama plans on using a tired, worn-out Democrat strategy of smearing the Republicans because they are seriously trying to prevent entitlements from collapsing our economy, and Brooks praises this strategy and says that Obama is now a sure thing in the re-election.
It's as if Brooks is wiping all memory of the Tea Party and mid-term elections out of his memory because these events conflict with his desire for Obama to get re-elected. Either that or Brooks never thought the Tea Party was that influential, and that it will have no affect on the 2012 elections. Is Brooks right? Will the American people believe the Democrat strategy when they say Republicans want old people to die and young people to suffer? Do the majority of Americans really like Obama so much personally that they will overlook unemployment, manipulation, lies, high gas prices, incredible deficits, the threat of entitlements collapsing the economy and causing severe across the board cuts, the cronyism with GE and Goldman Sachs, his poor relationship with Israel, the debacle in Libya, his association with SEIU, Obamacare, his refusal to open up real energy production?
Does Brooks believe that nothing has changed with the American electorate, and that cynical campaigns to smear and demonize honest men like Paul Ryan and Rand Paul will work like they've always worked? And even if they do work, why is Brooks so apparently pleased by this sad state of affairs, and why isn't he using his column in the NYT to reveal the deceptions and condemn them?