I don’t read Ezra Klein’s Wonkbook, and I’m sympathetic to the various criticisms of Ezra, e.g. that the “only thing separating Ezra Klein from David Broder at this point is six feet of dirt”. But hate it or love it, Ezra just tore Bobo a new one (via):
David Brooks: In my ideal world, the Obama administration would do something Clintonesque… a budget policy… like… Robert Rubin… and if the Republicans rejected that, moderates like me would say that’s awful…
Ezra Klein: I’ve read Robert Rubin’s tax plan. He wants $1.8 trillion in new revenues. The White House… is down to $1.2 trillion…. [T]he White House’s offer seems more centrist…. People say the White House should do something centrist like Simpson-Bowles, even though their plan has less in tax hikes and less in defense cuts…
Bobo then babbles about chained CPI — like he knows CPI from the UDA or the IRA — and his newfound Burkean opposition to Simpson-Bowles for a while. As Brad Delong put it:
At this point David Brooks has a choice: he can say “I am an idiot who does not know what I am talking about”; or he can change the subject.
Yeah, he did it in a dickless “my good friend David has a point blah blah blah” way, but it prompted Bobo to correct his dumb ass BOTH SIDES DO IT column on the subject.
Bobo’s wouldn’t do a Q&A with a hard, pipe-hitting interlocutor. Credit to Ezra for getting his shots in.