David Brooks, the columnist that liberals like to call a conservative and conservatives like to call a putz, appeared on his weekly segment with Mark Shields on the PBS NewsHour and proceeded to demonstrate his uselessness to the profession of political punditry.
DAVID BROOKS: The emerald path will get to Oz, the curtain will come down, and Marco Rubio will emerge triumphant.
JUDY WOODRUFF: We have heard you mention this before.
But what about…
DAVID BROOKS: I think it will — I do think it will be Cruz and Rubio at the end of the day. I think Cruz will inherit the — and Republicans are really angry.
They think the country is going down the tubes. And so they have to express that somehow. They are expressing it now. And I think — but those voters will eventually wind up with Cruz, and then the mainstream voters will wind up with somebody like Rubio or Kasich or who knows.
But I just can’t imagine. A major American party doesn’t nominate Donald Trump. I just can’t believe it. I will have to go to Canada after that.
JUDY WOODRUFF: But what about Mark’s point about — you get to react. But what about Mark’s point about — some of the candidates were asked questions, and then it turns out later what they said didn’t hold out? So, what about…
DAVID BROOKS: Yes. There was the Carson moment with the dietary supplement thing.
They — I think the questioners were not prepared for the brazenness of the lies. Now, I don’t totally blame Donald Trump for not knowing what’s on his Web page. I can’t imagine he ever read his Web page. He’s not into that sort of stuff.
But there was a certain brazenness to it. And that’s been true of this year, that you — somehow, there is no political price.
I think that’s what Donald Trump — that is why he is a bit of a game-changer, because he has said eight million things that are normally disqualifying, but because the electorate is so angry, at least that part of the electorate, they say, well, you know, he says all this crazy stuff, but we need somebody who can really shake things up. So they are willing to tolerate it.
I still don’t think they are going to tolerate it at the end of the day. That’s my religion right now.
Brooks reminds me of one of the contestants in that brilliant Monty Python skit the “Upper Class Twit of the Year” race that really has to be seen to be believed.
The Pythons were skewering the idle, supposedly inbred rich in England. For Brooks, as far as his punditry and classless observations about the rest of us in America, he demonstrates the same level of incompetence and cluelessness. He has no connection to anyone below his station in life, spouting nonsense about why people support Trump without understanding the America that Barack Obama has created.
Anyone who doesn’t think the country is going down the tubes is out of touch with reality. During Obama’s presidency, we have seen a loss of economic and personal freedom that is unprecedented. The world overseas is blowing up while the president bloviates about “smart power” and “leading from behind.”
The economy is still in a recession for tens of millions of people. Our schools are losing ground, big cities have seen a steep rise in murders, and nearly 2/3 of the country believes we’re headed in the wrong direction.
It’s not just the plebes who believe the country is going down the tubes, David. This is something you would know if you didn’t live an insular and insulated life in your mansion.
Anyone who doesn’t see how much trouble this country is in should move to Canada regardless of who becomes president.