David Brooks is an interesting right wing pundit. There are times when he actually makes sense. There are times when I agree with him. He isn’t like William Krystal who is wrong almost all of the time. So, you and I need to read his stuff carefully.
Yesterday, on MSNBC, David Brooks was channeling his right wing talking points from 2000. Remember when everyone was talking about what a great guy George W. Bush was. He was so great you just felt like you could sit down and have a beer with him? Remember those? Of course, the inference was that Al Gore wasn’t a great guy. Al Gore was too upper crust to have a beer or the beer would be one that you couldn’t pronounce. David Brooks pulled that one out of his back pocket. Barack Obama was an okay candidate but he was too stiff. He was too upper crust. (and here’s the twist) Brooks stated, “Obama’s problem is he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who could go into an Applebee’s salad bar, and people think he fits in naturally there.”
Look I like a $75 steak that melts in your mouth with a $100 bottle of a dry favorful Carbernet Sauvignon like Robert Mondavi Reserve. Now, that’s good eating. I also like going with my grandson to Applebees. The Double Crunch Shrimp is great. There is also a steak and parmesan combination that is fantastic. It is possible to be able to eat at a nice restaurant every once in a while and still enjoy a chain like Applebees.
Of course, David Brooks hasn’t been to Applebees. Their restaurants are made all about the same. There is a centrally located bar. Not a salad bar but a real bar. The tables are arranged in a large horseshoe shape around the bar. There is no salad bar. None. David Brooks has revealed more about himself than about Applebees or Barack Obama. Hasn’t he. C&L has this story. So does Media Matters.