Mr. Brooks devoted 80% of his column today to praising Hillary Clinton's ISIS policies. Of course, for Mr. Brooks, all experiences pale in comparison to his crack-high, career-making, priapistic delight at being a charioteer in Dubya's Beltway army, rolling into Baghdad and mowing down Liberals with his mighty keyboard...
Some of Clinton’s specific prescriptions were a little too limited and Obamaesque for my taste...
...but still, former Secretary Clinton's observations have been a cut above anything on offer from anyone else.
But she is thoughtful and instructive on both the big picture and the right way forward.
So what's going on here?
Allow me to explain.
First, as the biggest beneficiary of the Beltway Memory Hole, it really doesn't matter what David Brooks writes about anymore. He can have a complete, public meltdown over the obvious fact that his Republican party has become an open moral sewer of bigots, imbecile and fascists one week and -- poof! -- a week or two later it is so completely forgotten that Mr. Brooks can get back to hacking out his standard wingnut/Both Siderist bilge and no one but a few, smelly outsiders will dare to say a thing about it,
Which means that once Mr. Brooks grudgingly puts on his black shirt and get behind whichever fascist wins the GOP nomination, all of his friend in the media will agree to forget that it was ever otherwise.
Second, there is a better-than-even chance that Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States, and the coin of Mr. Brooks' realm is insider access. Insider access has made him a rich man, so a little pre-election groveling is just a wise investment; 800 words of bet-hedging flattery back to which Mr. Brooks can point when he is arranging his first tet-a-tet with President-elect Clinton.
Third, when there is an active, raving catastrophe right outside your door which you really, really, really do not wish to write about, change the subject. Which Mr. Brooks' does, clumsily, about halfway though column. In fact, if you look, you will see him actually telling you that 1) he damn well knows what the real story is, and 2) no way, no how is he going to touch it with a barge pole:
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Some Republicans have stained themselves with refugee xenophobia, but there’s a bigger story here...
No, Mr. Brooks. Pretty much all Republicans have "stained themselves with refugee xenophobia" because your Party is, by design, an open moral sewer of bigots, imbecile and fascists.
And right at the moment, there is no "bigger story here", no matter how deeply you bury the lede and desperately you and the rest of your Vichy Beltway collaborators pretend otherwise.
Crossposted at driftglass' blog