When the New York Times or PBS wants to hear a “conservative” opinion they call on David Brooks to give it. The only problem is that David Brooks is hardly a “conservative,” in fact he’s much closer to a doctrinaire squishy RINO moderate than anything else. He’s the type of “conservative” who could hardly find a negative word to write about Barack Obama during the run-up to the 2008 Presidential election! So you can understand why most conservatives could not care less when criticized by David Brooks, but his most recent attack on a fairly large portion of conservative America (as well as Sarah Palin) may be heard more broadly than even he expects.
On NPR this past weekend, in one fell swoop, Brooks chose to belittle both conservative Southerners as well as Sarah Palin.
Judy Woodruff, NPR: So, a related issue, and that is the flag, the Confederate Flag. It came down today in South Carolina. There was a big celebration. But, meanwhile, yesterday, David, at the Capitol, there was this sudden partisan flare-up over the flag. Why does this issue keep coming up right now?
David Brooks: Well, I guess, in my view, the reason the flag should come down is just a matter of civic politeness. I have said this before on this program. If a large percentage of your fellow citizens disapprove of something, fine, just be civically polite and accept their offense and say, no, I’m going to respect you.
In both these issues, there is a large culture war element. What Donald Trump was exploiting was the fact that people like us and people like my newspaper would come down hard on him for saying those things about immigrants. The same with the Confederate Flag. If you can get the East Coast and West Coast establishment and the mainstream media against you, you win points in certain circles.
And so you want to pick those fights. And so the Confederate Flag has become one of those thumb-in-the-eye issues that people use in order to pick a culture war fight. And it helps you in the Sarah Palin wings. And so I think it’s almost become abstracted. It’s part of the media game that some people play to get attention, to pick fights and to win supports against those who don’t like the mainstream institutions.