David Brooks, Tuesday, May 16, 2017


From Mr. David Brooks in The New York Times today (with a little emphasis added):
When the World Is Led by a Child
By Trump’s own account, he knows more about aircraft carrier technology than the Navy. According to his interview with The Economist, he invented the phrase “priming the pump” (even though it was famous by 1933). Trump is not only trying to deceive others. His falsehoods are attempts to build a world in which he can feel good for an instant and comfortably deceive himself.

He is thus the all-time record-holder of the Dunning-Kruger effect, the phenomenon in which the incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence. Trump thought he’d be celebrated for firing James Comey. He thought his press coverage would grow wildly positive once he won the nomination. He is perpetually surprised because reality does not comport with his fantasies.

From driftglass, Tuesday, July 26, 2011 (one of literally thousands of posts on this very subject):

Not With a Bang. Or a Whimper.

But with the petulant Dunning-Kruger whiiiine of Koch-bred, Rush-fed homunculi running finally and fatally amok.

In case future historians are confused, we weren't laughing because they were funny: we were laughing because of something we called the "gallows humor" of it all.

We were laughing because the technology necessary to shoot these fuckers and their Centrist enablers into the Sun was not yet widely available.

What Mr. Brooks is describing -- a toxic fantasy world built on "falsehoods" which permit the inhabitants to "comfortably deceive" themselves, but which is also perpetually under threat of collapse "because reality does not comport with [their] fantasies" -- not only perfectly describes Mr. Brooks' Republican Party as it has existed for most of my adult life, but also perfectly describes the reams of Whig Fan Fiction bullshit that The New York Times has paid Mr. Brooks a princely sum to extrude over the past 13 years.  

Whig Fan Fiction in which the Republican Party as it has existed for most of my adult life -- the Party of Trump and Palin and Bannon and Rove and Lee Atwater and Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson and Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter and Ralph Reed and Roger Ailes and Newt Gingrich ... and ... and ... -- simply does not exist at all.  

And so we have once again arrived at exactly the same place we were back in 2006-07.  Back when the comfortable, toxic deceit of BushWorld -- in which these very same pundits and this very same Republican base lived together under one roof, happily chugging Cheney-brand Kool Aid and slandering people like you and me -- began to collapse under the weight of relentless Reality. And just as happened back then, we now see exactly the same, frantic ideological plea bargaining from the same paid professional Conservative/Both Siderist Beltway creatures.  That the problem is somehow just Trump (David Brooks.) Or it's because Trump is not  really a Republican (Joe Scarborough, on MSNBC every fucking day.) Or it's The Extremes on Both Sides (all the usual suspects):

And all of these clowns have come once again to this same tragic place having learned absolutely nothing because, as I have noted on this blog more times than I can count, it is psychologically and financially impossible for Mr. David Brooks -- or any other Conservative/Both Siderist Beltway creature -- to make the simple and glaringly obvious observation that President Stupid is nothing more or less than a perfect manifestation of the ignorant, paranoid, racist, Fox News-drunk base of Mr. Brooks' Republican party.

Because that simple and glaringly obvious observation would destroy the entire professional political pundit ecosystem which makes it possible for Mr. David Brooks and every other Conservative/Both Siderist Beltway creature to make a handsome living by lying to the American people.

And that cannot be allowed to happen.