As I’ve told you before, I was banned from commenting at the Times for writing that the only possible good that could come out of the Gail Collins/David Brooks discussion feature would be a murder-suicide. They’re at it again today, concern trolling about the foreign money issue. I’ll just give you a taste:
The second reason Obama’s behavior is depressing is that it shows that the administration is getting mentally captured by the lefty blogosphere.
Bobo also claims that no one on the right bitched about outside money when it was on the Dems’ side in 2004. Of course that’s not true, Republicans nurse an obsessive hatred of George Soros to this day. And, anyway, half the fucking Republican attack on Gore was over “Chinese money” and the Buddhist temple fundraiser.
Mind you, I have heard a reasonable critique of the White House criticism of the Chamber. The reasoning goes: a lot of 501c’s have some money from foreign sources, why single out the Chamber? That’s an awful lot like “everyone speeds, how come I get a ticket?” The argument that the Chamber doesn’t apply foreign money directly to ads means nothing. If you, say, pay your staff with foreign money and run ads with domestic money, that’s just accounting: the foreign money is defraying costs and giving you more money to spend on ads.
Anyway, what’s striking in general about the hot Brooks-on-Collins action is how lacking in wit and polish it all is. It makes you realize, as bad their columns are, if you met them in person, they’d seem even dumber and more smug.