Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Brooks on PalinDavid Brooks doesn't exactly burst forth with wisdom and truth in his latest column - as usual, his thinking and his writing are confused. He strives to embrace the anti-intellectualism and populist spirit of the Bush/FOX/Palin crowd, but it chafes a bit - deep down inside, he knows better. Sometimes, the inner wrestling match erupts into an open admission of discomfort and doubt.
In the current Weekly Standard, Steven Hayward argues that the nation’s founders wanted uncertified citizens to hold the highest offices in the land. They did not believe in a separate class of professional executives. They wanted rough and rooted people like Palin.Even David Brooks can't hide his concern about Palin's qualifications. Yes, David, after the past 8 years, we really don't need another leader whose decisions are guided only by gut instinct.
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