I usually like David Brooks’s columns but I’ve never seen one with the degree of idiocy of his column today on Barack Obama’s character and what motivates him. I won’t bother to fisk it in detail but Sen. Obama has been extraordinarily open in several books about what motivates him and not a smidgeon of any of that makes it into Mr. Brooks’s column.
Has the man no insight into human behavior or is he just not paying attention? I can only speculate that what I’m seeing is the characteristic laziness of the professional journalist. He has descended into Homeric epithets. Obama, the cool, the unflappable.
Epithets are mnemonic devices not insights.