How dumb are Ross Douthat and David Brooks? So dumb that they think Mitt is breaking free from the Tea Party/right wing crazies in his party, rather than simply pretending to do so with their blessing. Mitt isn’t just Pinocchio-like because of his lies, he’s also a puppet whose strings are being pulled by the GOP. Douthat and Brooks incredibly believe that Mitt is now pulling the strings of his party and moving himself back to the center. These two geniuses have it all backwards as to who’s controlling whom, plus they’re buying that Moderate Mitt is the Real Romney.
Here’s Ross Douthat, “It Could Be His Party,” NYT:
“What Romney executed on Wednesday night was not just a simple pivot to the center, as much of the post-debate analysis suggested.
“But this wasn’t some sort of Sister Souljah moment, where Romney called out his fellow conservatives in order to curry favor with the center. Rather what he did was clarify, elevate and translate.
I guess clarify, elevate and translate are new euphemisms for lie. Sounds very Luntzian.
“One debate does not such a leader make. but at the very least, the fact that Romney’s strategy worked so effectively last Wednesday — that it made him seem mainstream and appealing while also winning him plaudits from almost every sort of conservative — suggests that the Republican Party can actually be led, and that its politicians don’t have be prisoners of talking points and groupthink.”
No, no, no, this first debate wasn’t Mitt leading the GOP, it was the GOP, out of desperation at his poll numbers and the fallout from the 47% remarks, allowing Mitt to seem rational and reasonable. Mitt is the dressage horse here, not the rider, he “pivots” when that’s what his owners want.
Here’s David Brooks, “Moderate Mitt Returns!,” NYT:
“But, on Wednesday night, Romney finally emerged from the fog. He broke with the stereotypes of his party and, at long last, began the process of offering a more authentic version of himself.
“Most important, Romney did something no other mainstream Republican has had the guts to do. Either out of conviction or political desperation, he broke with Tea Party orthodoxy and began to redefine the Republican identity. And having taken this step, he’s broken the spell. Conservatives loved it! They loved that it was effective, and it was effective because Romney could more authentically be the man who (I think) he truly is.”
Mitt didn’t break any spell, and conservatives loved it because they sanctioned it as a way to move the poll numbers before the election. This has nothing to do with moving policy afterwards. Mr. Brooks, do the words “The ends justify the means” sound at all familiar to you? Mitt wasn’t breaking from the Tea Party, just from the truth.
Anybody out there trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge? You really should call Douthat and Brooks.