The Return of the Obamacons: David Brooks (Sort Of)

by Sal on March 5, 2009

in Politics

After hearing about it on Rush and seeing it written about at Ace of Spades, I read Brooks’ recent Op-Ed about his disillusionment with Barack Obama.  After reading it, I debated writing this second post in the series “Return of the Obamacons“, bringing Brooks into the fold of Obamacons who have returned.  Because while Brooks now sees Obama for who he is, a far-left liberal statist who wants to vest as much power and control in the government as possible, he still considers “moderates” the ultimate saviors of the nation.  First though, let’s look at Brook’s repudiation of Obama, whom he so lauded with praise before the election:

Those of us who consider ourselves moderates — moderate-conservative, in my case — are forced to confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was. His words are responsible; his character is inspiring. But his actions betray a transformational liberalism that should put every centrist on notice. As Clive Crook, an Obama admirer, wrote in The Financial Times, the Obama budget “contains no trace of compromise. It makes no gesture, however small, however costless to its larger agenda, of a bipartisan approach to the great questions it addresses. It is a liberal’s dream of a new New Deal.”

Brooks goes on to talk about how the moderates in this country need to rise up, because the Democrats are radical and the GOP dysfunctional and made up of radical ideologues.  What Brooks doesn’t realize is that it is his brand of moderation that got us into this mess to begin with.  Most moderates are moderate because they are not politically active or aware (or as Melissa Cloutier says, they are stupid and their lack of any philosophical ideology is dangerous).  What irks me about Brooks is that throughout the election cycle, he had a sanctimonious elitist attitude which disparaged conservatives and first gave us John McCain (a supposedly ideal “moderate’s candidate) and then turned on him by falling for Barack Obama.

Well Mr. Brooks, don’t say we didn’t try to warn you.  Most of us on the right knew who Obama was and knew what he was going to do once in office.  Don’t say you weren’t warned.  I was happy to welcome Christopher Buckley back into the fold.  As far as Brooks, he got exactly what he deserved, and I say good riddance.  He may want to return, but we don’t want him back.  So who’s next?  Parker?  Noonan?  Kmiec?

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