Songs of himself

I thought some of you would be amused by Bobo’s attempt to speak intellectually about Donald Trump:

First, I think Walt Whitman would appreciate his relentless energy and boyish cravings.

The whole “Conversation” today borders on self-parody, even moreso than usual .






110 replies
  1. 1
    Sly says:

    I think Herman Melville would appreciate Michele Bachmann’s obsessive disregard for verifiable reality.

  2. 2
    Calming Influence says:

    First, I think Walt Whitman would appreciate his relentless energy and boyish cravings.

    Oh hell no, I’m not clicking on that link until I’ve fully savored this tasty morsel; there are so many complex flavors in this small bite, and I’m determined to identify them all.

  3. 3
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Well, I do think Walt understood boyish cravings.

  4. 4
    clone12 says:

    We should all totally play this non-sequitur dead-person namedropping game. Let me try:

    “I think Thomas Holland, the Second Earl of Kent, would approve of his rougish charms and devil-may-care lifestyle”

  5. 5
    aimai says:

    @Sly:

    How can the thread be over so fast? Its like a knockout punch in the first second.

    aimai

  6. 6
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    boyish cravings

    The “ish” didn’t register on first read. Changes the whole meaning.

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    aimai says:

    But to prove I’m even more of a Melville Geek I want to rewrite it:

    “When MIchelle Bachmann set foot upon the deck…reality outran perception.”

    aimai

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    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    tolejaso, tolejaso, tolejaso
    The Wingularity is near.
    Even now it begins to engulf the libertarian leg of the tri-legged conservative stool.
    I predict Brooks will be the first to begin to delicately legitimize birtherism.

  9. 9
    freelancer says:

    @Sly:

    I think Herman Melville would appreciate Michele Bachmann’s obsessive disregard for verifiable reality.

    Call me Batshit…

  10. 10
    pragmatism says:

    i think that carlos estevez would have appreciated his knack for self promotion and increased tv ratings. wait, sheen’s dead, right?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @aimai:

    Ouch. The fight crowd would revolt if some world heavyweight bout were to end with the first punch, just as they’re sipping their first beer.

  12. 12
    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    @aimai: some one linked your post on education reform–I wondered if you had seen the Heckman equation?

  13. 13
    Gus says:

    @Sly: You win the internets.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    I think Henry Thoreau would appreciate the sociopathic greed of modern Wall Street.

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    Rihilism says:

    I think Oscar Wilde would delight in his unique sense of style… shit! I just can’t do it. The idea of associating literary luminaries with such a fucking piece of bottom-feeding scum just sickens me…

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @freelancer: Well played.:

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    scandi says:

    I don’t know if I’d put Walt Whitman and boyish cravings in the same sentence.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    Leaves of Grass meets The Combover.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    I think Gertrude Stein would appreciate the exuberant not-there-ness of his there.

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    Sly says:

    I think Nathaniel Hawthorn would appreciate Sarah Palin’s self-alienating manner and persecution complex.

  21. 21
    Martin says:

    @aimai: Yeah, this place is brutal. I can’t count the number of times someone won a thread in the first comment.

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    fasteddie9318 says:

    Bobo’s attempts to speak intellectually about pretty much anything went from amusing to pathetic to roadkill a long, long time ago.

    Or, to keep with the theme, let’s say I think Mark Twain would appreciate the opportunity to call Bobo a pseudo-intellectual dipshit.

  23. 23
    Mark S. says:

    Bobo might have a point. Of course that whole conversation had more sexual innuendo than an episode of Three’s Company, starting with Bobo reminiscing about “riding in the backseat of a van with some second- or third-tier politicians.”

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    Re Melville: I always thout that first line should have been “Call me fish meal.”

    And boy can I recommend getting off the boat this time. Brooks is surpassing himself in self-parody,

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    pragmatism says:

    @Tom levenson: the simpsons (of course) had a taffy shop called “call me delish:mael”. mmmmmmmmm whale taffy.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Tom levenson:

    “Call me fish meal.”

    Groan.

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    Calming Influence says:

    “I think Oscar Wilde would appreciate his relentless narcissism and risqué skull-merkin.”

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    Amir_Khalid says:

    Sez Bobo:

    It is in bad taste to run for president unless you have presided over five state budgets.

    Is this a hint that he’s got some particular candidate in mind?

  31. 31
    Lev says:

    If H.L. Mencken were still alive, he would find David Brooks an insufferable fool, and savage him so badly that it would make his obituary of William Jennings Bryan look like a mash note.

  32. 32
    DZ says:

    Well, Nietzsche would NOT approve of anything about Trump.

  33. 33
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Can someone tell me why we care what a gay dead poet thinks of Donald Trump? I’m sure it makes sense in context but I don’t wanna read it.

  34. 34
    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Amir_Khalid: Sorta rules one out, though..

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    Bokonon says:

    Fail. What a complete fop.

    Walt Whitman would probably admire OTHER things about Donald Trump other than his boyish energy alone. But we have to keep this comment thread clean.

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    Sly says:

    @Amir_Khalid:

    Is this a hint that he’s got some particular candidate in mind?

    It’s a hint that if Mitch Daniels or Tim Pawlenty don’t get the nomination, Brooks will inflict a level of feckless hand-wringing upon the NYT readership the likes of which it has not seen since the Old Gray Lady had to do clean-up over Jayson Blair.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Tom levenson:

    Re Melville: I always thout that first line should have been “Call me fish meal.”
    __
    And boy can I recommend getting off the boat this time. Brooks is surpassing himself in self-parody,

    “We’re gonna need a bigger goat.”

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    Bokonon says:

    Ayn Rand would love to go for a fun-filled roll in the hay with Donald Trump (if she wasn’t dead).

  39. 39
    mr. whipple says:

    Is there any nutter that Bobo won’t pimp?

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    You know, just because Walt Whitman was gay doesn’t mean he was necessarily attracted to anyone of the male persuasion, a fat blowhard like Trump in particular.

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    You Don't Say says:

    Boyish cravings? Does e know something we don’t know?

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    Mark S. says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    I’m sure it makes sense in context

    Nope.

  43. 43
    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Can someone tell me why we care what a gay dead poet thinks of Donald Trump?

    Brooks is legitimizing Trump, mainstreaming him.
    The Wingularity is Near.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Amir_Khalid:

    Jeez, who’s been governor of five states?

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    dmsilev says:

    Damn you, DougJ, for tempting me into reading that piece.

    Really does make me appreciate your ‘the only good thing that could come out of the Brooks-Collins series is a murder-suicide’ comment.

    dms

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: This is how we’re handicapping presidential candidates now. What would [Dead Gay Poet] think of [candidate]? Personally, I think Hart Crane would really dig Mitch Daniels, and Reinaldo Arenas would have a surprising affinity for Newt Gingrich.

    It’s just a logical extension of Santorum.

    Both senses.

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    Tunch says:

    مجد الله. 1 محو صور أسفل مني ديفيد بروكس. وقال ان جهود الضئيلة التي تبدو ذكية تجعل مني أيضا. أنا أكره له تقريبا نفس ابغضت وتبقي جون كول الذي مني السجين.

    Tunch

  48. 48
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Hermione Granger-Weasley:

    Brooks is legitimizing Trump, mainstreaming him.

    How do you mainstream someone in the 21st century with a 19th century poet?

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    MikeJ says:

    @Sly:

    Brooks will inflict a level of feckless hand-wringing upon the NYT readership the likes of which it has not seen since the Old Gray Lady had to do clean-up over Jayson Blair.

    You think more of him than I do. Brooks will perform enough mental gymnastics to justify anything the Republicans do.

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    Bulworth says:

    One imagines Trump, Whitman, Melville and Bobo at the Appleby’s salad-bar…

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    @Tom levenson:

    And boy can I recommend getting off the boat this time.

    Seconded.

    My favorite line in the piece has to be this one: “He started talking about how he wanted to take over a disease, the way Jerry Lewis had muscular dystrophy. But he seemed to feel all the good diseases were taken.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Amir_Khalid: 6 would have left Bush out, if you can call what the Texas does governor presiding over anything.

  53. 53
    mr. whipple says:

    What would [Dead Gay Poet] think of [candidate]?

    Can’t we go back to ‘you could have a beer with him/her’?

    Please?

  54. 54
    kdaug says:

    @MikeJ: Beat me to it. A professional contortionist contorts. News at 11:00.

  55. 55
    Amir_Khalid says:

    The NYT shouldn’t call it The Conversation. They should call it Gail Collins Humors A Twit.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @FlipYrWhig: No love for Sappho and a certain half-term governor?

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    noodler says:

    Love the word vulgarians. makes me think of a fish called wanda. “America was built by ambitious vulgarians polite people wouldn’t dine with. The vulgarians offer a nice counterpoint to the excesses of genteel culture. But that doesn’t mean they are fit for statesmanship, or qualified for high office.”

    Is this a snarky ref to JC’s shoutout in Krugman’s column?

    And a guffaw: @Sly:

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    MikeJ says:

    @mr. whipple: Pawlenty has already staked his claim to a gay poet(with his let America be America again), BoBo just wants to make sure Trump gets one too.

    Bachmann seems a natural for Ginsberg, just for the title “Howl”.

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    Bokonon says:

    I guess projecting what dead 19th century poets would think about bankrupt 21st century reality TV stars who run for President is Brook’s way of saying “hey, I am a populist! A man of the people! Someone who hangs out at the salad bar at Applebee’s, creeping random people out with literary quotes. Want to hear me recite some poetry? Tra la la.”

    That David Brooks … keepin’ it real in da hood.

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    Sad_Dem says:

    I think Franz Kafka would have appreciated his insectoid carapace.

    I think Ionesco would have appreciated his rhinocerotic skin.

    I think Pierre Boulle would have appreciated his apelike grammar.

  61. 61
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @mr. whipple: Why not both? “I’m voting for Pawlenty, because James Baldwin would probably like to have a beer with him.”

  62. 62
    Joe Beese says:

    Leaving aside the rather obvious point that Trump is no more running for President than Sarah Palin is…

    Why would a President Trump be any worse than a President Pawlenty?

  63. 63
    piratedan says:

    Davey Crockett could find common cause with his usage of small mammals as a cranial covering.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I bet Hemingway would appreciate John Boehner’s prodigious appetite for alcoholic beverages.

  65. 65
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Davis X. Machina: Don’t you think Sappho has better taste than that?

  66. 66
    Culture of Truth says:

    On the deck satire lies, fallen cold and dead

  67. 67
    freelancer says:

    @noodler:

    Love the word vulgarians. makes me think of a fish called wanda.

    “You are the vulgarian, you fuck!”

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    Jager says:

    @Bokonon:

    Wait a minute, Ayn would have to get her breasts ‘enhanced” before the Donald would even consider a roll with her! (plus a nose job and I’m pretty sure she would need a full body wax as well)

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Late to the game, but I think Gioachino Rossini would have approved of his tonsorial splendiferousness.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    “He started talking about how he wanted to take over a disease, the way Jerry Lewis had muscular dystrophy. But he seemed to feel all the good diseases were taken.”

    Megalomania?

  71. 71
    Sad_Dem says:

    Dead gay poets?

    I think Elizabeth Bishop would have appreciated his animalistic freedom from self-consciousness.

    I think Federico Garcia Lorca would have appreciated his surrealistic approach to political discourse.

    I think Robert Duncan would have appreciated his barbaric willingness to live outside the borders of sense.

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    Ash Can says:

    So this is who Bobo’s crushing on these days? Cripes, doesn’t that guy have any standards at all?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Amir_Khalid: “The Conversation”, in this context, slanders a marvelous film.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Tunch: “Erase a picture under me David Brooks”?

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    WyldPirate says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    How do you mainstream someone in the 21st century with a 19th century poet?

    Well, you would start by setting up a chance meeting between the two at an Applebees’ salad bar and then write a column about the boyish cravings that are fulfilled….

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    freelancer says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ:

    My favorite line in the piece has to be this one: “He started talking about how he wanted to take over a disease, the way Jerry Lewis had muscular dystrophy. But he seemed to feel all the good diseases were taken.”

    Wow. That’s like the Bluth family holding the benefit fundraiser for TBA. And then doing it again the following year.

    Beyond parody.

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    Ripley says:

    I think Ron Jeremy would appreciate Trump’s relentless efforts at sucking his own cock.

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    sjw says:

    Walt Whitman, in the preface to Leaves of Grass:

    “This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks…devote your income and labor to others…have patience and indulgence toward the people…”

    Oh yeah. Sure sounds like The Donald to me.

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    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Brooks is saying admiring Trump is understandable (ie not crazipants) because insert notable literary figure here________ would have done it.
    Remember how i was a conservative at Culture 11?
    I saw Palin compared to Boudiccea, to Elle Woods, to Octavia, to Andy Jackson.
    I read how Robert Frost and Emily Dickenson would have admired her.
    “understandable” == “legitimate”
    and the next step is believable.
    voila! mainstream.
    Just watch.
    I predict Bobo will be the first to dip a toe into legitimizing birtherism.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    @Culture of Truth:

    Megalomania?

    Not bad. Not bad at all.

    Personally, I’d wager that Compulsive Gambling might be a good fit for The Donald.

  81. 81
    Suffern ACE says:

    @mr. whipple:

    Can’t we go back to ‘you could have a beer with him/her’?

    Please?

    Fine. Coming up with a connection between Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen and Herman Cain can wait. Certainly that’s Bobo will be heading next anyway.

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    Bokonon says:

    Jager – if Donald Trump rejected Ayn Rand for her appearance, she would be crushed. Crushed! Because she thought Trump would be attracted to her because of her fine mind and personality! And her PHILOSOPHY! Her gorgeous, sexy PHILOSOPHY!

    Rejected over a WAX JOB??

    In Rand’s ensuing bitterness and disillusionment over her sexual unattractiveness to a real-life Galtian hero, the psycho-sexual basis of her Objectivist philosophy would crumble. And Rand would become a radical feminist, move to Paris, and spend a lot of time smoking cigarettes with Sarte and Camus in Left Bank cafes.

    This is an alternative universe, of course.

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    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    @Tunch: الصبر شقيق. إن شاء الله ونحن سوف يغرق الصليبيين في بحيرات من الدم والنار. فسبحان الله الرحيم ورعاية

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Hermione Granger-Weasley: I still don’t get it. How does Walt Whitman have anything to do with anything, most especially Donald Trump? If he was alive today, he’d be 192 years old and really freaking scary looking, prolly undead and the likely suspect in many mysterious poetry slam killings and bodily fluid drainings. Who would want that kind of endorsement?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: He accepted Gary Busey’s endorsement.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Oh, nevermind then.

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    Bokonon says:

    Hermione – hey, I can totally see Brooks trying to legitimize Birtherism. Maybe Brooks will come out with some cutesy, contorted apologist column saying how Birtherism is … just the legitimate voice of scorned working class Americans, trying to score a buck and feeling spurned by the cool arrogance of a President who seems not to feel their pain, or acknowledge their concerns!

    Yes. That’s it! Rubbing his hands together, Brooks will write something like, “Lacking any other way to engage this detached and scornful man, the Birthers rise up – like peasants from Chaucer – and they now demand that Obama engage with them, and respect their concerns, show them the attention that he has wilfully denied America’s common man for so long. ‘Show us your birth certificate’, these robust, hearty, proud and rough-handed workers may say, but they really mean ‘Show us some love and respect for our feelings! Tell us you actually care about us!’ “

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    Bill Section 147 says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: He is simply fantasizing about the three of them having each other for lunch.

    Having lunch is done by the serious person.

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    RSA says:

    I’ve always thought that Whitman’s

    Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.

    could stand more use by politicians. It’s at least honest.

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    Georgia Pig says:

    And Hef would have appreciated his collection of ex-wives. A particularly annoying thing is that Brooks and Collins keep referring to the vulgarization of presidential politics, but fail to mention that the vast majority of that vulgarization has occurred on the Republican side. Joke candidates like Trump, Bachman, Fred Thompson and Palin all at some time polled well with Republican voters, in contrast to, say, Mike Gravel’s comparative obscurity on the Dem side (hell, Gravel made jokes about himself).

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    “H.P. Lovecraft would have appreciated his slavish devotion to the minions of Cthulhu.”

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    Lynn Dee says:

    His “boyish cravings”? Gross. (Why am I reminded of his musings on his daughter’s “great rack”?)

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    Origuy says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Leaves of Grass and Vampires?

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    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: wow…i remember some bubba used Whitman to “celebrate” Palin too.
    I have to find that…it will make a nice companion piece.
    “Plain American: The Rhetoric of Vernacularity in Modernist American Poetry. hmmm.
    @Bokonon: yes! the Peoples Poet!
    ‘scuze me ima go look for that Palin/Whitman piece.

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    This thread has so much win. I need to put my nose to the grindstone and sharpen my wit.

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    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: at hotair some Palin fanboi wrote a comparison on A Woman Waits For Me.
    I cant find it, but this is the part those retards used.
    Its part of the whole conservitard fantasy that Sarah was “working class”.
    Like when Noonan said she loved that Palin was “working class”.

    They know how to swim, row, ride, wrestle, shoot, run, strike, retreat, advance, resist, defend themselves,
    They are ultimate in their own right—they are calm, clear, well-possess’d of themselves.
    Through you I drain the pent-up rivers of myself,
    In you I wrap a thousand onward years,
    On you I graft the grafts of the best-beloved of me and America,
    The drops I distil upon you shall grow fierce and athletic girls, new artists, musicians, and singers,
    The babes I beget upon you are to beget babes in their turn,
    I shall demand perfect men and women out of my love-spendings,
    I shall expect them to interpenetrate with others, as I and you interpenetrate now,
    I shall count on the fruits of the gushing showers of them, as I count on the fruits of the gushing showers I give now,
    I shall look for loving crops from the birth, life, death, immortality, I plant so lovingly now.

    euwwwwww

    Whitman is the Peoples Poet, this is the same bulshytt Brooks is trying on Trump.
    Legitimizing him as a a man of the people.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Like when Noonan said she loved that Palin was “working class”.

    Nooners was engaging in damage control, after she blurted out her true feelings about the bimbo into an open mike in Minneapolis.

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    Hermione Granger-Weasley says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: yes, true, but this is all part of the same bulshytt meme conservatives always spread– that billionaires are really Joesixpacks underneath…or jillsixpacks in Palins case.
    Like that fucking WEC retard Bush cutting brush at his ranch.
    It never ends.

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    RalfW says:

    Brooksie whines

    It is no longer possible to be the only press person with a candidate, apparently, or even one of three or four. Now there are squads of videobloggers surrounding even the no-hopers, a scrum of cameras and recording devices.

    This is the nub of his wee little effort of the day: that the elite gate-keeping role of being not just a journalist but a van-riding proofer of character, this has been sullied and trodden upon by, ugh (pearl-clutch) videobloggers!

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    jl says:

    I won’t click through to read it, since my brain don’t work to good anyway.

    But, ‘boyish cravings’? Trump is what, 65 years old?

    I guess then Brooks will be complemented when I say I appreciate his callow accomplishments.

    The Donald is the perfect US President for the GOP. Everything is a ‘sell’ and ‘deal’, nothing more.

    ‘So, all thah good charidy diseases was taken, so I went innu anothuh line uh charidy.’

    Like his response to the Very Serious GOPers concerned about Trump selling the birther schtick: “So I tellum, the GOP loves this birther stuff, they’re eating up like hotcakes. It’s a winner!”

    Note that these are sarcastic paraphrases not real quotes. But I think the jist is accurate. As Josh Marshall said in his blog, Trump’s analysis of a constitutional right to privacy seems to stop at a the natural human right be left alone will taking a dump on the can.

    But, whatever the gimmick is, can you sell it? Can you deal it?

    I guess the Regional Sales Promotion President is the next step after the MBA President. Might work, I guess. And if you don’t think so, why aren’t you rich, huh?

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    Tehanu says:

    I was just over at Heywood’s place (http://hammeroftheblogs.blogsp.....-card.html) and found this gem:

    if [Meredith Vieira] ever had a shred of journamalistic integrity left, it’s just dander in Trump’s forehead pelt at this point.

    Not to mention this one, re the Republican prospects for Pres. in 2012:

    a carny freak show of unelectable poltroons — and worse yet, Newt Gingrich.

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    ET says:

    Whitman was smarter than Bobo and would have seen though Trump in 5 seconds, then composed a great poem.

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    johnnymags says:

    WW was a humanitarian, a poet laureate, hiked the greenbelt trail. Trump humps greenbacks. No similarity. Also too, a socialist.
    Has a building named after him( a school) and a shopping mall- only common thread.

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    Ron Paul says:

    Remember when the GOP stood for balanced budgets, individual freedom and isolationism.
    The Republican Party has run up these deficits, we want the federal government to be in our bedrooms and between our women and their doctors, we started two wars instead of ending them like the Korean War and were supposed to stop the Vietnam War the Democrats started. We have lost our way!

    So why waste our time with these fools who use their racist rhetoric, like this Marilyn Davenport and Donald Trump with his birther unproven myth, why do we allow our Fox news people to keep talking down our country. Don’t they know we can win the next election with optimism and hope instead of the current rhetoric, that the sky is falling, if we are not careful we will end up like chicken little where no one will listen to us.

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    nancydarling says:

    I just clicked on and haven’t read the thread, but is Bobo saying that Trump is gay? I believe Whitman was, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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    Steeplejack says:

    I actually like these “conversations” sometimes, mostly because Gail Collins usually is mocking Bobo without him even noticing it.

    David Brooks: Gail, every few years around this time I get Iowa fever. I get excited at the prospect of going out to Davenport or Pocahontas and riding in the backseat of a van with some second- or third-tier politicians as they shuttle between coffee shops, doughnut shops and community centers trying to get elected president.
    __
    Gail Collins: David, you definitely know how to have a good time. [. . .]

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    Draylon Hogg says:

    DuPont would have appreciated his drip dry barnet.

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