If you want to win, don’t listen to the guys who told you how to lose:
For years, New York Times columnist David Brooks has been writing mash notes to John McCain. In November 2007, he quoted an allegedly “smart-alecky” political consultant who exclaimed, in private, “You know, there’s really only one great man running for president this year, and that’s McCain.”
“My friend’s remark,” Brooks somberly intoned, “had the added weight of truth.”
Brooks gushed, “I can tell you there is nobody in politics remotely like him,” and even threw down the gauntlet, saying: “You will never persuade me that he is not among the finest of men.”
That took guts at the Times, where McCain is constantly praised by the op-ed columnists and was endorsed by the paper in the Republican primary. Even Frank Rich has hailed McCain as the “most experienced and principled” of the Republicans and said no one in either party “has more experience in matters of war than the Arizona senator” — the biggest rave issued by Rich since “Rent” opened on Broadway.
They adored McCain at the Times! Does anyone here not see a cluster of bright red flags?
In January this year, Brooks boasted of McCain’s ability to attract “independents.”
And then Election Day arrived, and all the liberals who had spent years praising McCain all voted for Obama. Independents voted for Palin or voted against Obama. No one outside of McCain’s immediate family was specifically voting for McCain.
But now Brooks presumes to lecture Republicans about what to do next time. How about: “Don’t take David Brooks’ advice”?
I will never, ever, understand those who think that listening to the other side’s advice makes any sense at all. I mean, it’s not as if Bill Belichick would take it seriously if Mangini told him that the Patriots would stand a better chance of wining next time if instead of throwing the ball to Randy Moss, they have Matt Cassell run the ball up the middle.