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The Sciences

The Jekyll & Hyde Columnist

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorSeptember 21, 2011 8:31 AM


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The only way I can make sense of today's NYT column by David Brooks is that somebody in the GOP must have scared the hell out of him. Think about it. In July, Brooks wrote that

the Republican Party may no longer be a normal party. Over the past few years, it has been infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical, governing alternative. The members of this movement do not accept the logic of compromise, no matter how sweet the terms. If you ask them to raise taxes by an inch in order to cut government by a foot, they will say no. If you ask them to raise taxes by an inch to cut government by a yard, they will still say no.

Yet today, Brooks is calling Obama a "sap" for not trying harder to win over the party that Brooks just a few months ago said would not compromise, "no matter how sweet the terms." I'm not sure if today's column is pure chutzpa or just Brooks attempting to get back in good favor with Republican party brokers. Either way, Andrew Sullivan is all over it.

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