As the editorial pages of the New York Time continue to publish the ruminations of David Brooks the editors have to be asking themselves, Why? Mr. Brooks is a conservative Republican, and his presence is supposed to bring some intelligent conservative commentary to the pages. It doesn’t.
Case in point is Mr. Brooks’ latest foray in the apologies for the Republican brand. He thinks the election has caused the Republicans to turn more realistic, to recognize that government programs, properly run are good things, and that Republicans now stand for something other than tax cuts for the wealthy.
His praise starts with Florida Senator Marco Rubio, the great hope of Republicans to capture Hispanic voters because, well because Mr. Rubio is Hispanic. So Mr. Brooks gushes over Mr. Rubio’s rhetoric.
Rubio motioned to some of the service staff at the Kemp dinner. They stopped to listen to him. “It all starts with our people,” Rubio continued. “In the kitchens of our hotels. In the landscaping crews that work in our neighborhoods. In the late-night janitorial shifts that clean our offices.
There you will find the dreams
was built on. There you will find the promise of tomorrow. Their journey is our
nation’s destiny. And if they can give their children what our parents gave us,
the 21st-century America
will be the single greatest nation that man has ever known.” America
People at the dinner say that there was a hushed silence for a second as Rubio concluded with this refrain. Then a roaring ovation swelled and filled the room.
The Republican Party has a long way to go before it revives itself as a majority party. But that speech signifies a moment in that revival.
Really, just what in that speech provides for any policy initiatives that promote working Americans? How is this different from the rhetoric of the election, that Republicans support middle class families by catering to wealth families. And wasn't a few days ago that Mr. Rubio mused about how no one knew how old the Earth was, and maybe it was 6,000 years old like the Bible says.
And then there was this about Rep. and former VP nominee Paul Ryan.
Finally, there has even been some shifting of economic values, or at least in how the party presents those values. The other speaker at the Kemp dinner was Representative Paul Ryan, who spoke about how to alleviate poverty. He didn’t abandon any of his fundamental beliefs, but he framed those beliefs in a more welcoming way and opened up room for growth and new thinking.
The obligations to combat poverty, Ryan said, are beyond dispute. “The real debate is how best we can meet them. It’s whether they are better met by private groups or by government — by voluntary action or by government action. The truth is, there has to be a balance. Government must act for the common good, while leaving private groups free to do the work that only they can do.”
Wow, can anybody remember anything from the recent campaign that suggests anything other than the fact that Mr. Ryan would eviscerate government programs he now pretends to support? Is Mr. Brooks really so naïve that he is taken in by jargons and empty visions? Apparently so.
There has been an epidemic of open-mindedness as Republicans try to win minority votes and create a version of their party that can be competitive in states like
Connecticut and . California
Look New York Times, it is okay to want a conservative, but why burden your pages with the writings of a fool?