READING DAVID BROOKS IN ALTOONA: At Commonweal, Matthew Sitman, who grew up just outside Altoona, Pennsylvania (100 miles east of Pittsburgh) writes: Blair County, where I was raised and where my parents still live, overwhelmingly went for Trump in the recent Pennsylvania primary, giving him 61 percent of the vote. A few neighboring counties delivered […]
MICKEY KAUS: Why is Trump Overperforming His Polls? “Certainly with David Brooks, George Will, and others banishing Trump voters (‘tainted forever after’ … ‘quislings’) and others vowing to maintain blacklists, there are plenty of reasons for at least upscale Republicans to not want to confess Trump symphathies to strangers. I’m not saying this means Trump […]
"We should have explicit decision-making curriculums in all schools," especially those that service the poor
I usually start my mornings with a cup of coffee while browsing the newspapers for the latest in politics and culture. Several days ago I was surprised to find an article by David Brooks in the Opinion Pages of the N.Y Times where he wrote with particular eloquence about Hemingway, while visiting his house in Cuba. Show More Summary
The NY Times' David Brooks and other GOP elites are reflecting on the seeming inevitability of Donald Trump being the GOP standard bearer. Brooks has a good perspective on the issue and has decided he needs to venture outside of his “bubble.” I’d like to propose where he can start [...]
"I’ve slipped into a bad pattern, spending large chunks of my life in the bourgeois strata." It only gets better
WARNING! David Brooks has admitted that he lives in a wealthy bubble and to rectify that he plans to break out of his New York Times cocoon and travel down the Heart of Darkness to mix with the hoi polloi. What caused Brooks to issue his bubble admission was the rise of Donald Trump whom he had previously discounted. Show More Summary
One of the small dramas that has accompanied the improbable rise of Donald Trump to the brink of the GOP presidential nomination has been a very public meltdown afflicting New York Times columnist David Brooks. Brooks has hurled lightning bolts at Trump for many months. He's called for a "conspiracy" to ... More »
Today's Water Cooler: CFR on trade, Trump reality sinking in, Clinton/Sanders rapprochement narrative, from greed towards fear, David Brooks
It’s instructive in a “compare and contrast” sense to read today’s NYT columns from David Brooks and Paul Krugman. Brooks is contemplating the Trumpocalypse and what it all means for professional plutocracy apologists like himself. He warns us to gird ourselves for more Applebees salad bar stories, as Doug points out downstairs, dog help us. […]
It's strange to think that one's position on Donald Trump is worthy of historical import, but it will be
The disconnect goes beyond geography. Most journalists have never known the economic hardship on which they report
Brooks seems very, very worried that undeserved success can leave writers floundering in their own filth
On Friday's regular "Shields and Brooks" segment on the PBS NewsHour, pretend conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks slammed the North Carolina bathroom law -- which tries to protect women and girls from men intruding into...Show More Summary
He wonders if the "U.S. malaise has something to do with the way we have lost touch with our own national poets"
The next head coach of the Washington Wizards will be former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. He reports that the deal is for five years and $35 million, and David Aldridge reports that all five years are guaranteed. Read more...
Okay, he does it against Donald Trump as well, but the theme of his column is to denounce both of them for pushing a "single story" for the difficulties confronting working people. While Sanders blames an economy rigged to favor theShow More Summary
"You must embrace the approved story to show you are not complicit in a system of oppression"
(Steven Hayward) It is hard to imagine a more cosmopolitan establishment these days than Whole Foods, where, David Brooks joked, the checkers all look like they’re on loan from Amnesty International. But a gay preacher is alleging that...Show More Summary
It’s hard for me to imagine that the Republican party isn’t thinking about a white knight candidate who can appeal to non-wingnuts, give David Brooks a boner, etc. Given how bad Cruz and Trump will be in general election, it’s clearly the smart move. (On the other hand, we all know what happened to Tessio. […]