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NYT's Brooks Slams Obama: 'Every Once in a While' He 'Puts On His Keith Olbermann Mask'

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New York Times' so-called "conservative" columnist David Brooks had some surprisingly harsh words Friday for the objective of his affection currently residing in the White House.

"President Obama is an intelligent, judicious man who can see all sides of an issue. But every once in a while he tries to get politically cute, and he puts on his Keith Olbermann mask."


Given Olbermann's recent canning by the saintly Nobel Laureate Al Gore, this was practically the height of derision.

Brooks continued:

I suppose it’s to his credit that he’s most inept when he tries to take the low road. He resorts to hoary, brain-dead clichés. He wanders so far from his true nature that he makes Mitt Romney look like Mr. Authenticity.

I guess Brooks - ever cognizant of his New York audience - felt the need to balance out the disparagement with some Republican bashing.

Regardless, his disdain for the President stemmed from the Commander-in-Chief's recent attack on Wisconsin's Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and the budget the rising conservative star has offered.

Be advised, Brooks is no fan of the Ryan plan which in his view "could lead to self-destructive cuts in scientific research, health care for poor kids and programs that boost social mobility."

But his real criticism was with the President's response to it:

Obama cast himself as the fiscal moderate who embraced the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles approach. (Perhaps we were all asleep during the Simpson-Bowles-Obama consciousness tour.) Then he unleashed every 1980s liberal cliché in the book, calling the Republicans a bunch of trickle-down, Trojan horse-bearing social Darwinists.

Even worse, Brooks accused Obama of "imagining" cataclysmic elements in the Ryan plan:

He imposed some assumptions that are nowhere to be found in the Ryan budget. He compared Ryan’s reduced spending increases with proposed growth, not current levels.

Just imagine how many liberal heads were exploding all over Manhattan Friday as they read such heresy in their precious New York Times.

But Brooks wasn't done:

The Ryan plan, he charged, “will ultimately end Medicare as we know it.”

In 2011, when Ryan first proposed a version of this budget, Politifact, the truth-checking outfit, honored this claim with its “Lie of the Year” award. Since then, the Ryan Medicare proposal has become more moderate and much better. Obama’s charge is even more groundless.

Indeed. The reality is that virtually every economist on both sides of the aisle - even the perilously liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman - agrees that changes are going to have to be made to Medicare to keep it solvent.

Despite this, from the moment Ryan's 2011 plan was released, virtually every media outlet in the nation - including the New York Times - attacked it for killing Medicare, which as Politifact boldly noted was an out and out lie.

The same misinformation is being disseminated now by the Left concerning Ryan's 2012 plan, and Brooks surprisingly isn't having any of it.

After explaining some of the inconvenient truths about this budget proposal - facts that have sadly been ignored by most of the Obama-loving media - Brooks continued with the scolding:

Ryan has at least taken a big step toward an eventual fiscal solution. He’s proposed necessary structural entitlement reforms, which the Democrats are unwilling to do. He’s proposed real tax reform, which the Democrats are also unwilling to do.

The first truth is that we will have to do these big things to avoid a fiscal calamity. The second truth is there is no one party solution; there has to be a merger of respectable ideas. The third truth is that gimmicky speeches obscure the president’s best character and make it seem as if he doesn’t understand the scope of the calamity looming in front of us.

And that's what makes Obama no better than Keith Olbermann who pathologically ignores facts when they get in the way of his agenda.

Bravo, David. Bravo!

(H/T Mediaite)


#1 I just threw up a little in my mouth

(Obama) Puts On His Keith Olbermann Mask'... in a creepy bromance kinda way.


Is it Nov. 2012, yet?

#2 Hey locomotive - - grab a bucket

Tubby and Ralph at the White House

(;~> gary

#3 I always ignore Brooks...

... and this piece is no different. What compelled my to comment is that Photoshopped picture of Obama looking so adoringly at Olbermann's neck like a (gay) vampire!

Pardon me while I go and poke out my mind's eye...

#4 Not Dear Leader's fault....

of course. He's blamed everything except the size of Moose-shell's keester on Bush...oh, wait. This just in......

#5 Every once in a while?

That's a masterpiece of understatement.

I linked to this article elsewhere, but it fits better here.

Peevish POTUS

And I'm sure there will be a lot more of the same (and worse) as he elbows his way toward November.

#6 Peevish indeed

We are in for the dirtiest political fight in our lives, this time around.

#7 A man without a following.

David Brooks is a man without a following. The liberals scoff at his ideas, but find him to be a barely acceptable Republican who understands that he must give way to the liberals on most issues. Conservatives find Brooks to be a man who has rejected all conservatives principles in order to lead a nice life in New York.

His scolding of Obama will have no effect on anyone, even Brooks, who will quickly move back into his NYTimes/PBS comfort zone.

#8 Man, what cologne are you wearing?

I'm not wearing cologne....

Sorry. Couldn't help

#9 David Brooks trying to reclaim some conservative street cred?

Or is he just trying to walk back some of his Obama love letters from the past three years?

Either way, David Brooks is such a pseudo-conservative that anything he says can be discounted as tripe.

#10 America as we know it...

This or that "as we know it" is changing. AMERICA as we thought we KNEW it is gone! Good grief. I thought Brooks was ironing Obama's pants or something--he just NOW notices what a snide, cliched, pervaricating person this man is? Well, better late than never--and I don't even believe it.



#11 ewwwwwwww

Brokeback mountain. I need eye bleach.

#12 Obama and "his" Simpson-Bowles basket

Brooks: Obama cast himself as the fiscal moderate who embraced the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles approach.

That's a good one.  Brooks has it correct.  If only the voters understood what a sham year it was.

Here's how WaPost resident progressive Erza Klein summarized it in April 2011:

But if the president was actually interested in passing Simpson-Bowles, this was a bit of an odd way to go about it. Leaving it out of his budget and State of the Union speeches meant it didn’t become the central issue on the table.

For the most part, our national MSM, which itself didn't care for Simpson-Bowles, only really became comfortable with mentioning it towards the end of the "2011 Summer of Super Committee Shock and Awe,"  when they decided it was time to blame Obama's refusal to embrace the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles on who else  -- the Republicans.

(;~/ gary

#14 Jeez, no ka oi, I rest my

Jeez, no ka oi, I rest my case as to what I wrote right below this. Boy Baraka is the most boring and pathetic phony in the anals of US political history, and that is saying something!!! And I don't think he's gotten that 'Eastery' before this year - the campaign year.

I'd like to take two big chocolate bunnies and stuff them in his big ears, and shove a big bag of jelly beans (purple ones!!) down his big stupid mouth.

#15 Killa

Were you the commenter on You Tube who said "Eat pork Obama"?

#16 What was that, strat??? Can

What was that, strat??? Can you show it to me??

#17 Buy Me A Plane Ticket And I'll Do It In Person

There have been quite a few comments since, but the pork comment is now on the 6th page, right after a bunch of flagged as spam comments and immediately after a comment that should have been deleted.

I think the poster is wishing Obama a happy Easter and to enjoy pork on the holiday. ;-)

#18 I pretty much stopped at

I pretty much stopped at 'President Obama is an intelligent and judicious man who can see all sides of the issue'.................if that is Brooks' opening remark, it's all downhill from there.

And I've read that Boy Baraka was making fun of Mitt Romney for saying that Ryan's budget plan was 'marvelous', and deriding his support for the plan with all of the usual excuses. Well, last I checked, every time Barry has submitted a budget, it has been overwhelmingly defeated, even by his own party. And on top of that, a rumblin' stumblin' bumblin' stutterin' stammerin' tedious boring-ass torture-chamber buffoon like Boy Baraka shouldn't be making fun of anyone for how they speak!!!

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