Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Shorter David Brooks

David Brooks is sad about the current state of the GOP.

They do not see politics as the art of the possible. They do not believe in seizing opportunities to make steady, messy progress toward conservative goals. They believe that politics is a cataclysmic struggle. They believe that if they can remain pure in their faith then someday their party will win a total and permanent victory over its foes. They believe they are Gods of the New Dawn.

Fortunately, there are still practical conservatives in the G.O.P., who believe in results, who believe in intelligent compromise. If people someday decide the events of the past weeks have been a debacle, then practical conservatives may regain control.

And someday unicorns will run and play on the grassy meadows under a bright rainbow of joy and happiness, the salad bars will all be free at Applebee’s, and all will be well in Boboland.