My therapist said to stop reading Bobo (she said he’s like a disease without any cure), so now I can only read others’ summaries of his columns. Just kidding, he bores me now that his wife left him– he’s just another soft rock concern troll on the Adult Contemporary charts. I liked his early stuff better, when he wanted to punch hippies and bomb people; now he just wants to enact unpopular legislation, or, better yet, wank about how concerned he is that unpopular legislation won’t pass. Anyhoo, this Jonathan Chait piece on Bobo’s Bowles-Simpson fetish is right on the money (via):
Brooks believes that the drumbeat on behalf of Simpson-Bowles is but a small taste of what is needed to reshape the face of American politics. He foresees a future in which we “Gather small groups of the great and the good together to hammer out bipartisan reforms — on immigration, entitlement reform, a social mobility agenda, etc. — and then rally establishment opinion to browbeat the plans through.”
If Simpson and Bowles failed, it is only due to a surfeit of hammering and browbeating. This can be fixed for future Simpson-Bowles commissions. For instance, why is Morning Joe a mere three hours long? It should be on 24 hours a day, and all Americans should have to watch it, Clockwork Orange–style.
Haha! It’s funny because that is exactly what these assholes would do if they could.