David Brooks surprised to find Obama is, in fact, a statist liberal

posted at 1:20 pm on March 3, 2009 by Allahpundit

First Buckley, now this. How long ago was it that I predicted he’d be the next Obamican domino to tumble? About 20 hours?

Your move, Kathleen Parker.

[T]he Obama budget is more than just the sum of its parts. There is, entailed in it, a promiscuous unwillingness to set priorities and accept trade-offs. There is evidence of a party swept up in its own revolutionary fervor — caught up in the self-flattering belief that history has called upon it to solve all problems at once…

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.”

Moderates now find themselves betwixt and between. On the left, there is a president who appears to be, as Crook says, “a conviction politician, a bold progressive liberal.” On the right, there are the Rush Limbaugh brigades. The only thing more scary than Obama’s experiment is the thought that it might fail and the political power will swing over to a Republican Party that is currently unfit to wield it.

From there he segues into a cri de coeur for a plucky band of moderates to seize the good ship America and heroically steer her between Obaman Scylla and Palinite Charybdis, although what that would entail beyond him and Frum periodically firing off ever more dour and exasperated op-eds is unclear. The Blue Dogs’ patience with The One’s spending isn’t limitless but they’ll be reasonably good puppies so long as his approval rating stays high, so forget them. Whom does he have in mind on the GOP side to lead the moderate revolt, pray tell? Arlen Specter? Good luck getting the troops to line up behind a general known among the base as “Benedict Arlen.”

In fairness to Brooks, I worried that some of the attendees at that conservative pundit dinner with Obama at George Will’s house would end up if not completely in the tank for The One, at least partially submerged. Hasn’t happened. In fact, as unsparing as Will and Krauthammer have been, it’s Brooks’s persistent criticism of Obama’s spending over the last few weeks that’s been the biggest surprise. So, one cheer for that at least, but minus-two cheers for not realizing sooner — as the dreaded “Limbaugh brigades” did — that “Barack Obama is not who we thought he was.” You let him off the hook.

Update: Meant to link this earlier as a de facto rebuttal of last night’s “Quotes of the Day.” It’s Jay Cost, scoffing at the idea that Rush Limbaugh or David Brooks or any pundit/political evangelizer has much influence with the voting public. “Moderates” are really just voters who don’t pay much attention, and their votes will be decided less by Brooks “asserting himself” than by events.

When appealing to a political audience as broad as the voting public, you are confronting a large majority of voters who pay relatively little attention and are essentially non-ideological in their political orientation. That means the idea of converting somebody from “liberalism” to “conservatism” as a precursor to getting his vote is simply not going to yield many votes. If it did, this is what candidates – who have the greatest interest in winning votes – would try to do. Instead, they speak in sound bytes and they have Stevie Wonder or Hank Williams, Jr. open their political rallies…

[T]here is value in the discussion among conservatives about the future of their movement. But that does not mean that the payoff is going to be electoral. This is a discussion by political elites for elites. Electoral politics – at least the difference between winning and losing – is inevitably non-ideological and non-elite.

Think of it this way. Suppose the Republican Party and the conservative movement fail to “reform” or “reimagine” themselves, but the country becomes highly dissatisfied with the governance of President Obama. What happens in 2010? I’ll bet the farm that the GOP makes big gains in the House, ideological anemia aside. Now, suppose that the party and the movement do reinvigorate themselves, translate their principles into compelling policy solutions and generally begin an intellectual renaissance on the right – but the country is pleased with Obama and the Democrats. What happens? Again, I’ll bet the farm that the Republicans make little or no gains.


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So, one cheer for that at least, but minus-two cheers for not realizing sooner — as the dreaded “Limbaugh brigades” did — that “Barack Obama is not who we thought he was.” You let him off the hook.

Sorry Allah but I for one will figuratively spit on the slimy p*rick David Brooks until he crawls over a room of broken glass to beg fro forgiveness.

Hilts on March 3, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Who chummed the water for all these trolls?

whitetop on March 3, 2009 at 4:47 PM

This is like having newspapers dated from 2007, delivered to your home every morning.

NoDonkey on March 3, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Sign me up for that…the news is much less depressing.

Snowed In on March 3, 2009 at 4:48 PM

“Limbaugh brigades”

Checking in………

Seven Percent Solution on March 3, 2009 at 4:50 PM

This ain’t no plan made by liberals or progressives.

This is full Marxist-Leninism… and Barry and San Fran Nan are railroading through the Congress before anyone can stop it…

Leninism holds that capitalism can only be overthrown by revolutionary means; that is, any attempts to reform capitalism from within, such as Fabianism and non-revolutionary forms of democratic socialism, are doomed to fail.

I know I sound like a Bircher…. but unfortunately I don’t think I’m paranoid after the last 6 weeks…

phreshone on March 3, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Those of us in the moderate tradition — the Hamiltonian tradition that believes in limited but energetic government — thus find ourselves facing a void. We moderates are going to have to assert ourselves. We’re going to have to take a centrist tendency that has been politically feckless and intellectually vapid and turn it into an influential force.

ROFL…hilarious. “Lets fight our political fecklessness and intellectual vapidity with more political fecklessness and intellectual vapidity.”

ddrintn on March 3, 2009 at 4:56 PM

think what we’re seeing is that as people absorb the depths of the problem that existed in the banking system, as well as the international ramifications of it, that there’s going to be a natural reaction,” Obama said of the market. But then he added that “profit and earning ratios are starting to get to the point where buying stocks is a potentially good deal if you’ve got a long-term perspective on it.”

This is more of the “bobs up and down” article. He really is clueless. He seems to forget that people like me and possibly you who have lost better than half their retirement and half their kids college fund, and half their 401 k and had to sell what they did have at what may have been substantial losses, and know that they may never get this back and blame him and his policies. Does he think we’ll all forget even if the market comes back up? Not likely–every time we look at statements and bank balances we’ll remember again and again. Not ever. Not me, at least.

jeanie on March 3, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Sign me up for that…the news is much less depressing.

Snowed In on March 3, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Exactly, stock market at 12,000+.

Barack Obama was some obscure Senator with about two weeks in office.

Those were the days . . .

NoDonkey on March 3, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Peggy Noonan will be next.

Jim62sch on March 3, 2009 at 1:29 PM

LOL…the “Squishy Pool”.

ddrintn on March 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

The gop corporate hacks just gave the President a short honeymoon.

Reid: Senate Republicans Want Obama To Fail.

I guess Reid will not cower to an entertainer.

getalife on March 3, 2009 at 5:21 PM

One of the main reasons Brooks was so pro-Obama was he was so anti-Palin. Sarah didn’t attend the right schools, didn’t have the right friends, isn’t politically correct and speaks using common words, making common sense, to the common people. Who cares if she’s one of the nation’s most effective governors?

Sounds a lot like a blogger I know.

bw222 on March 3, 2009 at 5:22 PM

The gop corporate hacks just gave the President a short honeymoon.

Reid: Senate Republicans Want Obama To Fail.

I guess Reid will not cower to an entertainer.

getalife on March 3, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Of course they do, the way Democrats wanted Bush to fail.

ddrintn on March 3, 2009 at 5:27 PM

One of the main reasons Brooks was so pro-Obama was he was so anti-Palin. Sarah didn’t attend the right schools, didn’t have the right friends, isn’t politically correct and speaks using common words, making common sense, to the common people. Who cares if she’s one of the nation’s most effective governors?

bw222 on March 3, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Brooks, Buckley, Noonan et al should form their own Squishy Party. Sounds like it would take the country by storm. Let them put their money where their mouths are.

ddrintn on March 3, 2009 at 5:29 PM

He walked like a duck and quacked like a duck and Mr. Brooks is surprised to find that he is in fact a duck? Are these people inhaling mineral spirits or something?

jimmy2shoes on March 3, 2009 at 5:30 PM

“Limbaugh brigades”

Present and accounted for, Sir!

ladyingray on March 3, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Brooks, Buckley, Noonan et al should form their own Squishy Party. Sounds like it would take the country by storm. Let them put their money where their mouths are.

ddrintn on March 3, 2009 at 5:29 PM

They could call it the Conditional Conservative Party. They can pledge to uphold conservative principles unless it makes others on the D.C./Manhattan cocktail party circuit think poorly of them.

Cicero43 on March 3, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Hey, a tiny bit of intellectual honesty.

He is trying to clean up the gop mess again.

They destroy the economy everytime.

I hope the gop fail to get elected because they destroy the economy.

getalife on March 3, 2009 at 4:31 PM

I’ll call a spade a spade (is that racist?) but tell me why 1000 pounds of elephant crap bothers you, but 1 trillion dollars worth of jackass crap doesn’t? A little intellectual honesty on your part, please.

jimmy2shoes on March 3, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Voters are a strangely nearsighted bunch. They sometimes can’t see what’s right in front of their faces, especially when it’s huge. The truth of Obama’s past, his radical associations, and the nightmare his campaign speeches foretold was so big, the voters couldn’t wrap their heads around them. They tend to dismiss such huge deficiencies in a candidate, especially one the media favors. Even a joke like John Kerry was destroyed because of the relatively prosaic deficiencies in his past behavior – the voters turned away from him because of stuff like the Christmas In Cambodia b.s., not because he committed sedition in the Winter Soldier hearings.

Likewise, it’s tough to gain traction with the voters using gigantic ugliness like the Cloward-Piven strategy, or even Obama’s twenty years at the feet of Chicago’s shameful analogue to David Duke. You don’t sway a lot of “undecided” voters talking about deliberate strategies to crash the markets and seize power, even when it’s true. What gets their attention is not the *big* sins, but the medium-sized blunders: earmarks, corrupt nominations with absurd tax issues, obviously clueless foreign and domestic policy.

The moderate voters don’t want to think about how they voted for a guy who couldn’t pass the security clearance to work at a National Guard recruiting center, but they’re ready to become outraged at clear incompetence in the face of a foreign-policy crisis. They can’t wrap their heads around the monstrous evil of a deliberate, orchestrated attack on the American economic system, with the goal of permanently subverting democracy, but they’re ready to vote against the bumbling idiot who knocked 3000 points off the Dow and doubled the price of gas with a cap-and-trade scheme. They’re ready to deal with being disappointed, but their minds tend to shut down before they can become horrified.

Doctor Zero on March 3, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Kathleen Parker’s ride on Air Force One should tide her over for a few more bailouts and The One’s speechcraft should give Peggy Noonan plenty to praise for the foreseeable future, so the smart money’s on Brooks. Welcome back, David!

Good work on the prediction.

Kralizec on March 3, 2009 at 5:52 PM

They’re ready to deal with being disappointed, but their minds tend to shut down before they can become horrified.

Doctor Zero on March 3, 2009 at 5:50 PM

a cogent and succinct summary of how he slipped in….

add in media adulation and the whole white guilt pyramid and we see the results….

by the way I’ll be easy to recognize when we get sent to the Helen Thomas reeducation in hope camps I have a scar over my left eye and will be giggling I told you so to the guards…..

sven10077 on March 3, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Suppose the Republican Party and the conservative movement fail to “reform” or “reimagine” themselves, but the country becomes highly dissatisfied with the governance of President Obama. What happens in 2010? I’ll bet the farm that the GOP makes big gains in the House, ideological anemia aside. Now, suppose that the party and the movement do reinvigorate themselves, translate their principles into compelling policy solutions and generally begin an intellectual renaissance on the right – but the country is pleased with Obama and the Democrats. What happens? Again, I’ll bet the farm that the Republicans make little or no gains.

The problem with Cost’s perspective is your old enemy evolution.
The demographics of the electorate are evolving.
Old people are dying off.
Young people are moving into the electorate.
By 2020 caucasian will be a minority.
With the growth of the welfare state comes increasing secularization.
The electorate is increasingly urban and increasingly reliant on the government-provided civil services required to live in large cities.
Like the ancient enemy of the white-married-christians that compose the partie’s base, the evolution of species…..the evolution of electoral demographics is inexorable, inevitable, and unwelcome to conservatives.

strangelet on March 3, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Brooks, Buckley, Noonan et al should form their own Squishy Party. Sounds like it would take the country by storm. Let them put their money where their mouths are.

ddrintn on March 3, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Great idea! Let these morons start their own party. According to themselves, they have all the answers for winning elections.

Let David Frum & David Brooks write the platform (Because they are sooo smart)

Let Kathleen Parker & Peggy Noonan handle the PR Campaign(Because they are sooo in touch with America)

We’ll even give them a few Senators (Snowe, Spector & Collins) so they can start off with having elected officials right away.

Their party symbol can be the RhINO. An animal that thrives in the mud and is on the endangered species list.

Norwegian on March 3, 2009 at 6:00 PM

the evolution of electoral demographics is inexorable, inevitable, and unwelcome to conservatives.

strangelet on March 3, 2009 at 5:55 PM

prosperity knows only one color…green.

sven10077 on March 3, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Levin is starting his show by taking on Frum and other elitist SOB’s.

FloatingRock on March 3, 2009 at 6:11 PM

More reasons why conservatives and republicans in general shouldn’t listen to these people, they’re naive and STUPID. Everyone I know who follows politics to any degree could see who obummer was and none of them get paid to research anything!

cjk on March 3, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Brooks, Buckley, Noonan et al should form their own Squishy Party. Sounds like it would take the country by storm. Let them put their money where their mouths are.

ddrintn on March 3, 2009 at 5:29 PM

It would never work because, being as unprincipled as they are, the only thing they’d all agree about his how great they are.

FloatingRock on March 3, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Like the ancient enemy of the white-married-christians that compose the partie’s base, the evolution of species…..the evolution of electoral demographics is inexorable, inevitable, and unwelcome to conservatives.

strangelet on March 3, 2009 at 5:55 PM

“Tomorrow belongs…tomorrow belongs…tomorrow belongs to meeeeeee…”

Bullsh*t. It’s unwelcome to conservatives…at the moment. We’ve just had the luxury of not having been governed by the Democrats for the better part of 15 years.

ddrintn on March 3, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Like the ancient enemy of the white-married-christians that compose the partie’s base, the evolution of species…..the evolution of electoral demographics is inexorable, inevitable, and unwelcome to conservatives.

strangelet on March 3, 2009 at 5:55 PM

By the way, you seem to be assuming one of two things: our current crop of liberals are going to usher in a Golden Age in which dissent will be unthinkable; or else there will be such repressive measures that dissent will be intolerable. I won’t rule out the second, but I seriously doubt the first.

ddrintn on March 3, 2009 at 6:37 PM

By the way, you seem to be assuming one of two things: our current crop of liberals are going to usher in a Golden Age in which dissent will be unthinkable; or else there will be such repressive measures that dissent will be intolerable. I won’t rule out the second, but I seriously doubt the first.

ddrintn on March 3, 2009 at 6:37 PM

and a bunch of us won’t tolerate the second….

sven10077 on March 3, 2009 at 6:40 PM

On Hugh Hewitt show just now, DAVID FRUM states that Rush Limbaugh is to the Republican Party as Jesse Jackson is to the Democrat Party.

That’s gotta make a quote for the day.

maverick muse on March 3, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Only an idiot would be dissapointed in Barak. He was obvious from the start. Guys like Brooks are morons, and should not be treated like a serious voice, any more than more extreme morons are.

Spartacus on March 3, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Obama is, in fact, a statist liberal

Who knew?

Johan Klaus on March 3, 2009 at 7:05 PM

strangelet on March 3, 2009 at 5:55 PM

So, you don’t like white married Christians?

Johan Klaus on March 3, 2009 at 7:08 PM

The characterizations of J.S. Mill in this thread are ridiculous. Mill defines classical liberalism, which is to say that his ideas are the foundation of modern day American Conservatism. He believed man was a rational calculator of his own self-interest. That basic concept puts him at odds with the collectivists currently in power. Mill believed in free trade and free markets. On Liberty is a manifesto of freedom of the individual against the power of the state and tyranny of the majority. It would be well if people picked it up and gave it a read.

Ted Torgerson on March 3, 2009 at 7:14 PM

The characterizations of J.S. Mill in this thread are ridiculous. Mill defines classical liberalism, which is to say that his ideas are the foundation of modern day American Conservatism. He believed man was a rational calculator of his own self-interest. That basic concept puts him at odds with the collectivists currently in power. Mill believed in free trade and free markets. On Liberty is a manifesto of freedom of the individual against the power of the state and tyranny of the majority. It would be well if people picked it up and gave it a read.

Ted Torgerson on March 3, 2009 at 7:14 PM

agreed, I pointed out that Ohio and indeed the entire rust belt had had what latte man was crediting Mill with encoded in their founding charter….

that was not to diminish his role in undoing the worst of Dickensonian excess in England or trying to lump him in with Lumpy’s New Prolitariat on my part.

Fact is if you had called me a liberal before the new deal I’d have been proud to wear the label….the FDR and union boy excesses along with the death of the noble democrats in 1968 make the label taste like ash.

sven10077 on March 3, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Was that ash or as*?

cjk on March 3, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Jay Cost is money, y’all! M.O.N.E.Y.

SouthernGent on March 3, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Mr Brooks have you forgotten that Obama knows Neibuhr ?? Think about the THRILL you felt that day ! IDIOT.

Any fifth grader would have seen the socialist in sheep clothing that Obama was and is – except for David effing Brooks.

nagee76 on March 3, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Don’t be too hard on Brooks. Moderates, by nature, are weak-minded, weak-principled people who are easily fooled. That’s why they’re moderates.

JDPerren on March 3, 2009 at 7:47 PM

“On Hugh Hewitt show just now, DAVID FRUM states that Rush Limbaugh is to the Republican Party as Jesse Jackson is to the Democrat Party.”

Can this IDIOT go back to Canada ?? Is he deprived of hockey or something that his brain seems to be farting all over the place ?

And i am not even a Rush Limbaugh fan. To compare him to a race hustler like Jesse Jackson who wouldnt know what principles are if they hit him in the face – its truly astounding.

nagee76 on March 3, 2009 at 7:51 PM

A U.S. senator berated Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday for refusing to name banks that borrow from the central bank and introduced legislation that would require public disclosure.

In a testy exchange at a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who usually votes with the Democrats, said he found it “unacceptable” that the central bank risked taxpayer money without detailing where the funds went.

“My question to you is, will you tell the American people to whom you lent $2.2 trillion of their dollars?” Sanders asked, referring to the size of the Fed’s balance sheet.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/americasRegulatoryNes/idUKN0349765020090303?sp=true

So it takes a socialist to demand accountability from the Fed? Let’s see who signs onto Sander’s bill. Let’s see what other senators believe in transparency and accountability.

KentAllard on March 3, 2009 at 8:24 PM

“On Hugh Hewitt show just now, DAVID FRUM states that Rush Limbaugh is to the Republican Party as Jesse Jackson is to the Democrat Party.”

…To compare him to a race hustler like Jesse Jackson who wouldnt know what principles are if they hit him in the face – its truly astounding.

nagee76 on March 3, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Staggering. I hope AP can find it, and I hope AP repudiates Frum.

JiangxiDad on March 3, 2009 at 8:48 PM

I know I sound like a Bircher…. but unfortunately I don’t think I’m paranoid after the last 6 weeks…

phreshone on March 3, 2009 at 4:50 PM

It’s only paranoid if it isn’t happening.

Chaz706 on March 3, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Moderates are those “smart” kids who miss the answer to a simple multiple choice question because they over-think it and didn’t really do their homework, coasting on their raw IQ and arrogance. They know just enough to get themselves doubting the obvious but not enough to rule out the fictitious stuff their brain keeps churning out.

Sure Obama was brought up by marxists, sought them out as his mentors and talked like one, but the “smart kids” knew his “vast intelligence” (similar to theirs) would cause him to throw out his first forty odd years and behave like a centrist once elected…

Now the road to Damascus hit a giant trillion dollar speed bump for these Obama converts? They should go in the corner and don the dunce cap.

tarkus on March 3, 2009 at 9:39 PM

PARTIAL LIST OF DOCUMENTS THAT BARACK OBAMA REFUSES TO RELEASE -. OBAMA’S SECRECY AND “CLOSED RECORDS” POLICY
Indonesian Passport – Not released
Application for U.S. Citizenship (as former citizen of Indonesia) – Not released
Immigration Records – Not released
Original Vault Copy Birth Certificate – Not released
Certificate of Live Birth – Counterfeit Version on Obama Web Site
Obama / Dunham Marriage License – Not released
Soetoro / Dunham Marriage License – Not released
Soetoro Adoption Records – Not Released
Fransiskus Assisi School Application – Not released
Punahou School Records – Not released
Selective Service Registration – Counterfeit version generated
Occidental College records – Not released
Columbia College Records – Not released
Columbia Thesis – Not released
Harvard College Records – Not released
Baptism Certificate – None
Medical Records – Not released
Illinois State Senate Records – Not released
Law Practice Client List – Not released
University of Chicago Scholarly Articles – None ;.,l[o

searcher484 on March 3, 2009 at 10:20 PM

From there he segues into a cri de coeur for a plucky band of moderates to seize the good ship America and heroically steer her between Obaman Scylla and Palinite Charybdis, although what that would entail beyond him and Frum periodically firing off ever more dour and exasperated op-eds is unclear.

Allah,

This has to be the most witty and entertaining sentence I’ve read on Hot Air this year. It’s still making me laugh out loud on the third read!

sdun1 on March 3, 2009 at 10:37 PM

How long ago was it that I predicted he’d be the next Obamican domino to tumble? About 20 hours?

Wow. Very impressive, AP. You should buy a lottery ticket.

intricate3 on March 3, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Do we allow these turncoats back onto the good ship SS Conservcatism…

It seems to me that mentality has made the Republican party what it is today. Since they have proven what vacillating jack@sses they are I say throw them overboard without a life jacket. I wish I could be more generous (and I have to admit it will be fun to read as they gradually realize their stupidity) but their lack of responsibility in reporting the truth or even asking questions about BO is no laughing matter- we will all suffer because of it.

kg598301 on March 3, 2009 at 11:33 PM

News flash for David Brooks!!!!!

We knew it all along. It is just too bad that you were so enraptured by the spell of The Messiah to see it yourself. You may feel that the Republicans are unfit to lead, but that is only because of your continued confusion. It comes along with being a moderate conservative I guess. Because that is sort of like being a transvestite, or maybe gender confused.

let me clear this up for you David. You can be a liberal. You can be a moderate. You can be a conservative. They are mutually exclusive states of mind. I guess you are trying to tell us that you are sort of, almost, maybe kind of looking at the right. But in the end you are still just a mealy mouthed fence-sitter.

Hawthorne on March 3, 2009 at 11:38 PM

20% of conservatives (self-proclaimed to exit pollsters) voted for Obama. It was guys like Brooks and Buckley who sold America down the river.

technopeasant on March 4, 2009 at 1:17 AM

David Brooks is a political mercenary no different from David Gergen. If PBS or the NY Times were to ask either to pretend to be anything it is certain that either would morph into whatever character was requested that they play. As soon as the check cleared. No different from the shills that clap on the infomercials.

viking01 on March 4, 2009 at 1:26 AM

They bent to peer pressure, plain and simple. Look, I have a huge amount of leftist friends. I’m an artist who was involved in the NY art scene, the music industry, and film in LA. I have taken crap for my views from friends, but I don’t back down. Lots of times I don’t talk politics with them, but I have subversive ways of getting my point across. I could barely look at my facebook page during the election because most of my friends changed their middle names to Hussein and had that stupid poster as their profiles pictures. Everyone is strangely silent now. I guess my long winded point is that it would be easier to adopt their views instead of sticking to my guns and occasionally be called crazy (if you saw me compared to some them, you would laugh at that, btw), but I don’t. Has is cost me jobs? I don’t know for sure, we suspect that my husband didn’t get a huge promotion at a studio (one that was strongly hinted at) because he didn’t contribute to the Clinton campaign’s personal solicitation. So what I’m saying is that both Brooks and Buckley are cowards, Brooks especially looks like a whiney milquetoast.

I use these blogs as my oasis of rational discussions.

Ann NY on March 4, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Ann NY on March 4, 2009 at 8:21 AM

You made some excellent points about what it is like to be a conservative in NYC (believe me I know how difficult it can be as I live in NYC as well). Did you ever post on LGF? Your moniker seems familiar.

Hilts on March 4, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Ann,

Your views would enhance the Big Hollywood site. You’re probably already familiar with it, but I mention it just in case.

JDPerren on March 4, 2009 at 9:52 AM

“Obama is not who we thought he was.” He’s kidding right? Is that the royal WE that RINO elitists always use when they don’t want to take the heat for their stupidity? WE knew exactly who O was that’s why WE didn’t vote for him.

Done That on March 3, 2009 at 2:41 PM

It’s like yelling into the big empty void, isn’t it?

Saltysam on March 4, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Oil up 3 dollars a barrel.

Where the hell is that demand coming from?

Yeah right.

Is Obama giving the wink and a nod to pull back supply?

It’s all so predictable.

Saltysam on March 4, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Joe the Plumber revealed to the America with one simple question and Obama to his “credit” straight up told him what he was going to do and now Obamabots have the nerve to act surprised that he’s actually doing what he said he would do?

These tools don’t get to act surprised.

NO NO NO NO NO!!!

Yakko77 on March 4, 2009 at 10:35 AM

shazamm

workingforpigs on March 4, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Perhaps the republican Party should get together, and revoke party membership from the socialists in republican clothing, and maybe find a Representative who, when MSM tries to clobber him with Rush and the like,will preen and respond with a “Damned strait”, and make him Minority Whip in the short term and speaker when we regain the majority.
.
Does MSM mean “monumental socialist Mouthpiece?

darktood on March 5, 2009 at 3:40 AM

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