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Wrong again, David Brooks!
I'm thinking about starting a weekly post on the stupid writing of David Brooks. We talk about how Conservatives love rewriting history, but I think Brooks even tops that with his latest screed, titled "A Second G.O.P.".
Basically, he misses the moderate Republican wing of the G.O.P. and longs for their return:
It’s probably futile to try to change current Republicans. It’s smarter to build a new wing of the Republican Party, one that can compete in the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic states, in the upper Midwest and along the West Coast. It’s smarter to build a new division that is different the way the Westin is different than the Sheraton. The second G.O.P. wouldn’t be based on the Encroachment Story. It would be based on the idea that America is being hit simultaneously by two crises, which you might call the Mancur Olson crisis and the Charles Murray crisis.
Olson argued that nations decline because their aging institutions get bloated and sclerotic and retard national dynamism. Murray argues that America is coming apart, dividing into two nations — one with high education levels, stable families and good opportunities and the other with low education levels, unstable families and bad opportunities.
The second G.O.P. would tackle both problems at once. It would be filled with people who recoiled at President Obama’s second Inaugural Address because of its excessive faith in centralized power, but who don’t share the absolute antigovernment story of the current G.O.P. Would a coastal and Midwestern G.O.P. sit easily with the Southern and Western one? No, but majority parties are usually coalitions of the incompatible. This is really the only chance Republicans have. The question is: Who’s going to build a second G.O.P.?
His conservative allies purged the G.O.P. of any moderates that were still lingering in the party during the 2010 House bloodletting by the Tea Party. They're gone, David, and you know it. And the anti-government message is never going away from the GOP.
It appears there's a new reality show taking form: "Who Will Write The Stupidest F*&king Op-Ed of the Year?" Every week, conservative columnists compete to capture the judges' glee and the liberals' ire.
I told Ryan Seacrest today that Brooks was a shoo-in to win.