David Brooks strains to frame the issue for the coming battle for the GOP. Hilarity abounds — why, it’s a battle between the Traditionalist neocons and the Reformer neocons!
Yes, folks, leading the Traditionalists are Limbaugh and Hannity, and for the Reformers, the Little Frummer Boy, tapping the tune for a light parade of people you’ve never heard of. And of course Brooks never mentions “neocon.”
The NYT sponsors Kristol and Brooks so New Yorkers can rest assured that conservatives are still idiots (But they ignore the huge crowds that stop traffic when Ron Paul is in town).
Well, the neocons can have their fun, now that they’ve ruined the country. The phone booth they’re meeting in no doubt has some room left over for anyone willing to swallow their party line. Brooks’s title should have been, “Polluted Brooks Swells into River of Swill.”
Meanwhile, Socrates had it right: “”Socrates understood (what modern political reformers and revolutionaries seem unable to understand) that a reform cannot be achieved by a well-intentioned leader who recruits his followers from the very people whose moral confusion is the cause of the disorder.” (Eric Voegelin)9:29 am on November 11, 2008 Email Christopher Manion