Tuesday, January 3, 2012

David Brooks Tells a Scary Halloween Story

In his column in today's New York Times (here), David Brooks doesn't exactly celebrate the ignorance, insularity, and intolerance of the "largest block of the electorate," "the white working class ... with high school degrees and maybe some college." He merely takes it as a given, but in a way that strikes me as deplorably reductionist. And he portrays Rick Santorum as that block's  hero or at least its representative among Republican presidential candidates. His argument seems to be that, if only the "elites" would get out of the way, someone like Santorum could win this election in a landslide. If Brooks is right about that - and, needless to say, I hope and believe he is not - we should all fret for the future of our republic.

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