The New York Times’ best approximation of a conservative voice, David Brooks, is receiving the usual accolades from progressives for his “devastating” column in response to Mitt Romney’s “off-the-cuff” remarks caught on hidden camera. Even Mia Farrow is happy to pass on Brooks’ assertion that Romney has “lost any sense of the social compact.”
To conservatives, though, Romney’s remarks sounded like he had a very firm grasp on the social compact, not overlooking the fact that a compact is a two-way agreement with responsibilities on both sides. Brooks’ claim that “Americans haven’t become childlike worshipers of big government” just doesn’t ring true so soon after a Democratic National Convention featuring a 31-year-old whose claim to fame was a demand for taxpayer-funded birth control. So, Romney is the one who’s out of touch?
Brooks’ simultaneous shout-outs to both “Gilligan’s Island” and the GOP’s alleged shift to a “more hyperindividualistic and atomistic social view” are like well-creased trousers to the progressive readers.
Romney’s remarks to donors were not policy, but a blunt political admission that those who feel entitled are unlikely to be swayed to vote GOP. So many have called them “the final nail in the coffin” of the campaign that there can’t be any nails left. So, does Brooks receive credit for sealing the casket with his “evisceration”?