Thursday, October 09, 2008

David Brooks Shows His Elitist Stripes, Yet Again...

here (h/t Hot Air):

David Brooks spoke frankly about the presidential and vice presidential candidates Monday afternoon, calling Sarah Palin a "fatal cancer to the Republican party" but describing John McCain and Barack Obama as "the two best candidates we've had in a long time."

In an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg at New York's Le Cirque restaurant to unveil that magazine's redesign, Brooks decried Palin's anti-intellectualism and compared her to President Bush in that regard:

[Sarah Palin] represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party. When I first started in journalism, I worked at the National Reviewfor Bill Buckley. And Buckley famously said he'd rather be ruled by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard faculty. But he didn't think those were the only two options. He thought it was important to have people on the conservative side who celebrated ideas, who celebrated learning. And his whole life was based on that, and that was also true for a lot of the other conservatives in the Reagan era. Reagan had an immense faith in the power of ideas. But there has been a counter, more populist tradition, which is not only to scorn liberal ideas but to scorn ideas entirely. And I'm afraid that Sarah Palin has those prejudices. I think President Bush has those prejudices.

David Brooks is talking out of his arrogant elitist Canadian ass yet again, and naturally more shit comes out. The remark about McCain and Obama being two of the best candidates, well, that one pretty much speaks for itself. But Sarah Palin "scorn(ing)..ideas entirely?" Sweet bleedin' Barnabus on a pogo stick, where do these pusbags come up with this shit? I don't at all detect an air of "anti-intellectualism" in the conservative movement or the Republican Party, but to the extent it's there, it's because of arrogant, sneering, condescending elitist pricks like David Brooks who think they know what's best for everyone else. This is demagoguery at its finest, and just another way of saying, "those stupid little people in flyover country keep rejecting our ideas! Don't we know that we're their betters and we know how to fix things?" If Sarah Palin and her ilk represent a cancer to the Republican Party, then it needs to metastasize and PRONTO, because that's a beast that needs to die, right the hell now.