5 Huge Problems with David Brooks' 'I Miss Obama' Puff Piece

Sometimes it seems like moderate Republicans are living in a different world than the rest of us. Perhaps the greatest example is the New York Times' David Brooks. In the midst of a tough primary on both sides, Brooks laments that neither Democrats nor Republicans have someone with the integrity and humanity of -- wait for it -- President Barack Obama.

Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I'm beginning to miss, and that I suspect we will all miss a bit, regardless of who replaces him.

Since Brooks seems not to have been paying attention for the past eight years, I will briefly respond to 5 critical errors in his article.

1. "The Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free."

When I first read this, I could not believe my eyes. The Obama administration may not be the worst in American history (see "Woodrow Wilson," and then "Franklin Delano Roosevelt"), but it takes a powerful suspension of disbelief to accept that it is "scandal-free." Tell that to the tea-party groups which were denied tax-exempt status by an activist Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Tell that to the thousands of veterans who were denied care and died, waiting in line at the VA. Tell that to the families of those heroes who died in Benghazi, Libya. If that weren't enough, consider Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's insecure emails, which could have compromised the identity of covert Americans to our enemies.