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  •  This is the first time (3+ / 0-)

    I've read Brooks' column, since I've never seen a Brooks screed worth reading.  Even within the column itself, there are appalling logic and factual gaps.

    For starters:

    Reagan’s pollster Richard Wirthlin urged him not to go, but Reagan angrily countered that once the commitment had been made, he couldn’t back out.


    Oh, really?  And what reason would Wirthlin possibly have for objecting?  The patently obvious one would be that the appearance would be perceived as race-bainting, unless Brooks thinks Wirthlin was an imbecile.

    Then there's this:

    It’s callous, at least, to use the phrase "states’ rights" in any context in Philadelphia. Reagan could have done something wonderful if he’d mentioned civil rights at the fair. He didn’t. And it’s obviously true that race played a role in the G.O.P.’s ascent.

    There is apparently a bright line between callousness and outright racism -- a line only David Brooks can draw, and that no one in Reagan's camp was capable of identifying in 1980, despite full awareness of the "Southern Strategy:"

    Some inside the campaign wanted to move away from the Southern strategy used by Nixon, believing there were more votes available in the northern suburbs and among working-class urban voters.

    And why would Reagan champion states' rights in Mississippi?  Might he remember Carter and George Wallace slugging the question out in 1976?  IIRC, he was campaigning against Ford the same year.  One would think he'd be perfectly aware of the charged nature of the term -- and one would be right.

    Brooks is at best disingenuous, and at worst a howling liar.  Take your pick.  I've chosen mine.

    "Success is a level of violence where the people feel comfortable about living their daily lives." --George W Bush, May 2, 2007

    by mspicata on Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 08:35:06 AM PST

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