David Brooks Complains: Mitt Romney is “Non-Ideological Guy in an Ideological Age”

I want to go back to David Brooks. We just played the quote of him saying it’s ideological out there; Romney’s not ideological, and he’s faking it. Here’s Brooks writing in October of 2011, a year ago: “The central problem is that Mitt Romney doesn’t fit the mold of what many Republicans want in a presidential candidate. … They don’t want Organization Man. They want Braveheart. The question is: Are they right to want this?

“Well, if they want an in-your-face media campaign that will produce delicious thrills for the true believers,” i.e., if you want an ideological conservative, that’s what he thinks of us, “they are absolutely right. But if they actually want to elect an effective executive who is right for this moment, they are probably not right.” So a year ago Brooks was writing in support of the Romney that we have right now.

A year later, Brooks writes of his unhappiness with the Romney that we have right now. If I were Romney, I’d tell these guys… Well, I don’t know. The Romney camp can do what they want.



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