I Hate the New York Times has another solid anti-Bobo screed up, one that gives the perfect answer to the question “Why do totebaggers love David Brooks so much?”
10. He makes Andy Rooney look like Harmony Korine.
The first reason is my biggest gripe with Bobo though:
1. He’s wrong about everything.
Whether touting the great promise of W or predicting that the Republican Congress would govern as moderates, Bobo is indeed nearly always wrong. I could forgive that if he were more entertaining. Jon Chait is also almost always wrong (shame on me for going along with his impeachment predictions), but at least he’s punchy and funny. I could also forgive Bobo if he bored me but got everything right (like Nate Silver does). It’s Bobo’s combination of sober-minded tedium and off-the-mark prognostication that annoys me most.
And I can never shake the feeling that Bobo views his plodding, thorough-going Burkean gibberish as having intrinsic intellectual value, irrespective of its real-world accuracy. With modern conservatism, almost anything is potentialy an end in and of itself. I’m wrong but look how carefully and politely I argued. Who cares how much it costs and if it has anything to do with terrorism, spreading freedom is doing God’s work. Budget shmudget, Jeebus and John Galt would want us to have tax cuts.