Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Attention Must Be Paid

Wow. What did Willard Romney ever do (or not do) to David Brooks?

After his mission, he attended Harvard, studying business, law, classics and philosophy, though intellectually his first love was always tax avoidance. After Harvard, he took his jawline to Bain Consulting, a firm with very smart people with excessive personal hygiene. While at Bain, he helped rescue many outstanding companies, like Pan Am, Eastern Airlines, Atari and DeLorean.

And that's just a tiny sample. When the world's biggest authoritarian ass-kisser mocks the right's biggest authority, you know that nobody except for some tea-baggers and Ann Romney expect Romney to win. When you add on Maureen Dowd's evisceration, it's clear that Team Romney has neglected a very important aspect of political life: flattering the egos of the Villagers. He had better start holding press picnics and handing out free booze immediately or he's going to find himself in the same boat as the Clintons.

Added: And his arrogance is pissing off the tea-baggers and Ron Paul followers as well. Well done, Mr. Romney! He could not make it more clear that the only people he cares about are the 1%.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

He could not make it more clear that the only people he cares about are the 1%.

Of course, the 1% are not sweating out this election.

They're gonna do just fine.

Mr.Wonderful said...

This is the weirdest Brooks column in history. He--and some commenters--apparently thinks it's funny. Oy, as we say in the trade.

But Susan is right. This is epochal. Here we have the spectacle of David Brooks--David Brooks!--being just as snarky as he can be, in mockery of the daddy of the the Republican family.

I bet he already regrets it.

Lurking Canadian said...

I think it likely that Brooks thought he was making fun of people who criticize Romney, rather than making fun of Romney.

The last paragraph, in which he deadpan lists Romney as a "successful family man, successful business man, successful at everything" who makes us feel bad about ourselves is the tip off, for me.

However, regardless of what Brooks thought he was doing, since Brooks fails at everything, he failed at this as well.

Susan of Texas said...

You could be right. It's the only thing that makes sense.

If so, David Brooks makes praise sound like snark, since he is praising such horrible things.

Susan of Texas said...

Some on the right think Brooks is skewering the left.

fish said...

Yeah, I read it as poking fun at the left. All I can say is that Brooks should put the comedy act back on the shelf and never, ever touch it again. All Republicans should just outsource to (young) PJ O'Rourke, who, as far as I can tell, is the only conservative that was even remotely funny at some point in time.

Dr.KennethNoisewater said...

I heard that this was a mockery of the Left's taken on Mittens. As others have stated.

Joke's on him; it's probably spot fucking on.

Susan of Texas said...

The problem with Brooks' snark is that much of what we jokes about is true, taking hyperbole into account. Brooks must think that any criticisms of Romney are a joke because Romney is one of those perfect and superior people he keeps talking about.

Hahaha--tax evasion and throwing hundreds out of work is so funny.