David Brooks ‘shames’ Sen. Cruz: Episode MMLIII of The American Political Melodrama

Is there nothing quite as contemptible as David Brooks’ public moralizing chatter? It enacts a kind of pitiable comic version of moral/political commentary. Although quoting Neo-Confederate/Originalist fellow traveler Anthony Kennedy on justice, and its relationship to ‘error’, gives voice to a kind of ersatz discontent,and is quite useful in his public scolding/shaming of Sen. Cruz. Mr. Brooks commits himself to a Republican Party: a quote that makes utterly clear the kind of Party he has allegiance:

‘Traditionally, candidates who have attracted strong evangelical support have in part emphasized the need to lend a helping hand to the economically stressed and the least fortunate among us. Such candidates include George W. Bush, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.’

The Bush/Huckabee/Santorum wing of the Party is deeply entrenched in an idiosyncratic American Fascism, of a Republican Party in the grip of political nihilism, and in its seemingly interminable death agony. Trump being the most unapologetic and irrational of its actors.

Premature Anti-Fascist



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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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