Tuesday, March 10, 2009

David Brooks Is A Big Fat Idiot

Okay, not really.

Yes, really, but I don't approve of calling people idiots simply because I happen to disagree with them, and I wouldn't be doing it here if (1) Al Franken hadn't written a book a while ago called Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot which I am consciously echoing; and (2) David Brooks were not an idiot.

At least on some subjects he's an idiot. Take Michelle Obama's biceps, for instance. They offend him to the point where he has referred to them in conversation as "Thunder and Lightning" according to fellow New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Brooks thinks she should cover up. He suspects Obama of having run for office only to give Michelle a platform to show off her sculpted arms.

In fairness to Brooks, I don't think he really thinks that. I think he was just trying to be funny. Just like I'm trying to be funny when I say I think he's a pussy who hasn't seen the inside of a gym since the second Reagan administration :) Not that there's anything wrong with that, except if it's true it's probably not good for his health, but anyway it's his body to do with as he likes.

The serious point here is that Brooks, it would seem, has a problem with female power. Michelle Obama is a strong woman inside and out, and she's not afraid to show it, and apparently that offends him.

Which brings me full circle to the title of this post: in that one respect at least, David Brooks is a big fat idiot.