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Celebrate Good Fisks…Come On!

24 April 2010 @ 15:40
We have a first here at TCOTS: a communal Fisking!  And who is more deserving of having the act performed on them than the most Fiskable of  them all: the namby-pamby, squishy, pant-crease-loving, Barry-O fellating David Chauncey Gardiner Brooks.  Let us proceed with this multi-course feast…

Pundette, though a very proper and classy gal, has the ferocity of a lioness protecting her young when confronted with blazing cluelessness:

David Brooks really doesn’t get it:

History happened. The administration came into power at a time of economic crisis. This led it, in the first bloom of self-confidence, to attempt many big projects all at once. Each of these projects may have been defensible in isolation, but in combination they created the impression of a federal onslaught.

Love that euphemism — “first bloom of self-confidence.” Good grief. How about towering arrogance, a disdain for the will of the people, Alinsky tactics, and “projects” that massively expand the government and its influence?

The title of her blog post says it all: But That Pant Crease Was So Sharp!

-Lancelot Link Burri, the TrogloPundit, was so riled-up he Fisked the metrosexual nancy boy in two — count ’em two! — settings: the cave and by the mastodon mosh pit.  I jest of course…The Suaveinator had his Fisking fun at his own cave site and over at Right Wing News.

=From the latter:

Fisking: So easy even a TrogloPundit can do it.

It begins:

In these columns I try to give voice to a philosophy you might call progressive conservatism.

Oh, dear God.

It starts with the wisdom of Edmund Burke…

There it is. That’s my gorge rising.

…the belief that the world is more complex than we can know and we should be skeptical of handing too much power to government planners.

Oh, well, that’s a good bit of conservative wisdom there. A little Hayekianism, if you will. Speak it brother. You should stop writing now. No, stop. Stop!

Ah, hell, you didn’t stop:

It layers in a dose of Hamiltonian optimism — the belief that limited but energetic government can nonetheless successfully enhance opportunity and social mobility

Well, now, what do you mean by “limited?”

This general philosophy puts me to the left of where the Republican Party is now, and to the right of the Democratic Party. It puts me in that silly spot on the political map, the center, or a step to the right of it.

Only if you’re more interested in promoting yourself as the wise, wise sage, floating above the ugly morass of mortal life. Only if you haven’t actually considered the theories behind conservative thought.

=From the former:

…Were I referring to Brooks himself, I would use the phrase “whiny, petulant pantload of shudderingly metrosexual distress.”

Jennifer Rubin is not the kind of person who would ever put a S–t Happens bumper sticker on her car:

History happened. The administration came into power at a time of economic crisis. This led it, in the first bloom of self-confidence, to attempt many big projects all at once. Each of these projects may have been defensible in isolation, but in combination they created the impression of a federal onslaught.

History happened? Oh, let’s see if we can’t be more precise than that. “As government grew [by itself? did someone grow it?], the antigovernment right mobilized. This produced the Tea Party Movement — a characteristically raw but authentically American revolt led by members of the yeoman enterprising class.” History happened and government grew. (Like magic!) And now Brooks is disappointed.

Brooks writes that the Democratic party did this and that, that opposition grew, and that we wound up in the big- vs. little-government debate. What’s missing from this autopilot version of politics? Hmm … could it be Obama, the moderate fellow, who did the government-growing?

-Over at ABC, Clifton shows he has a strong disliking for rose-colored glasses:

The country had just elected a man who vowed to move past the old polarities, who valued discussion and who clearly had some sympathy with both the Burkean and Hamiltonian impulses. He staffed his administration with brilliant pragmatists whose views overlapped with mine, who differed only in that they have more faith in technocratic planning.

Yet things have not worked out for those of us in the broad middle. Politics is more polarized than ever. The two parties have drifted further to the extremes. The center is drained and depressed.

What happened?

What happened? I’ll tell you what happened Mr. Brooks. Stupid people like you, who run around pretending they are so smart and pragmatic, drank gallons of Hope and Change Kool Aid. If you were half as smart as you pretend to be, you would have taken a look at Obama’s limited record and sketchy past, and concluded that electing him president would have been risky at best or dangerous at worst.

Ah…..it’s Springtime and we’re having our first cookout, featuring shrimp Brooks cooked on the Fisk grille…mmmm….

The Memeorandum thread is here.

SIDENOTE: The Daley Gator gives Trog all it has.

QUESTION: This Brooks’s column was so ripe for the Fisking…where were you Robert Stacy McCain, capo di tutti capi of the Brooks Fisk?

5 Comments
  1. 26 April 2010 @ 00:33 00:33

    This led it, in the first bloom of self-confidence, to attempt many big projects all at once.

    Am I the only one wondering what David Brooks said of his first menstrual period?

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      26 April 2010 @ 07:43 07:43

      Oh…that’s a good one, Roxe. Touche’!

  2. 28 April 2010 @ 09:53 09:53

    Thanks for the link and lovely compliment, Bob. I’m having it engraved in stone and posting it on my sidebar under “testimonials.”

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      28 April 2010 @ 11:35 11:35

      You’re welcome, Jill. And thank you for the engraving and for also making me one of your featured blogs this past Sunday.

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