Tuesday, September 16, 2008

David Brooks has lost faith

In a thoughtful column David Brooks finds Palin lacking.

Brooks sees the idea of the "uncertified citizen" or unprofessional executive as a quaint idea that was proven a bad idea by Bush who at least in his first term was "inept at governance."

Here's a taste,
Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.

The idea that "the people" will take on and destroy "the establishment" is a utopian fantasy that corrupted the left before it corrupted the right. Surely the response to the current crisis of authority is not to throw away standards of experience and prudence, but to select leaders who have those qualities but not the smug condescension that has so marked the reaction to the Palin nomination in the first place.
I too often use the expressions 'crisis in faith' or 'lost faith' as a cliche, but in David Brooks case, it appears very real. I think Brooks is really experiencing a crisis in faith with the GOP and the take over by the Southern / Texas radicals in charge the last 8 years and running McCain's campaign. In addition to this column, check out his appearance on The News Hours last Friday which I quoted here. He wanted to carry McCain's water but his heart was clearly not in it.

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