Anyway, I typically don't waste my time reading him, but he was in the N&O today (it was yesterday's NYT column), and I had a couple of minutes, and, well, things happen before the first cup of tea kicks in.
Brooks recounts Obama's "National Foundation" speech from last week in a suck-up that must have made Gergen bow in admiration ("Obama then went on to describe his remedy in the soothing, understated manner of a country doctor prescribing a few small procedures." Must ... resist ... wretching ...). But nevermind that. What got me was this telling quote:
The first danger for the Obama administration, of course, is that his teams of experts may not be as farsighted as they believe. It may not be so easy to out-think the market.
Wow, ya think?
Brooks has officially become a Silly Person and I will no longer waste any time considering anything he has to say. I have regained an extra five minutes a week or so of my life.
Ross Douthat, the Times's new "conservative" columnist, has a lot of work to do to rise above the intellectual goo that Brooks considers insight.
The Times goes from Bill Safire to John Tierney to ... this?
P.S. If anyone can come up with a better mantle for Brooks to wear than Gergen's, I'm all ears.