Monday, February 21, 2005

Then Brooks bitchslaps Bush


I first discovered David Brooks through his brilliantly breezy bestseller, "BOBOs in Paradise", a widely admired take on the yuppification of America, land of the pricey logo lapdogs and home of the civilly depraved. Over the last few years, I've become enamored of Brooks' equally attractive prose in his NY Times Op-ed column, even when he seems to have gone out of his way to defend the neocon's house of cards - what Paul Krugman just called the administration's "three card monte" - as he (Krugman) bitchslapped Fed Chair Greenspan in his column late last week.

Well, it seems Brooks read Krugman's piece and - astonishingly - lept right off the Bush bandwagon. In his column Sunday, Brooks seems to have had some sense knocked back into him. Apparently, enough's enough, and Brooks isn't buying the Bushies' fiscal hall of mirrors, at least this week. Some of us closet Brooks fans knew he had it in him. The guy's just too bright and has such a winning smile. I mean, I know out and out proud, card carrying Liberals who have (virtual) crushes on the guy - even when that smile comes across as a Cheshire grin.

This week, Brooks decided to tell it like it is. Thanks, whoever knocked some sense into him.

[more to come Tuesday morning]


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