Of shopping and survival

It’s rather remarkable that David Brooks is still regarded, by some, to be a serious and thoughtful public intellectual, when in reality he is about as deep and reflective as Britney Spears hopped up on anti-depressants. Here he explains, in the aftermath of the most recent Islamic immigrant massacre, why the appeal of Donald Trump is bound to fade:

A little while ago I went rug shopping. Four rugs were laid out on the floor and among them was one with a pink motif that was dazzlingly beautiful. It was complex and sophisticated. If you had asked me at that moment which rug I wanted, I would have said the pink one.

This conviction lasted about five minutes. But then my mentality flipped and I started asking some questions. Would the furniture go with this rug? Would this rug clash with the wall hangings? Would I get tired of its electric vibrancy?

Suddenly a subtler and more prosaic blue rug grabbed center stage. The rugs had not changed, but suddenly I wanted the blue rug. The pink rug had done an excellent job of being eye-popping on its own. The blue rug was doing an excellent job of being a rug I could enjoy living with.

That’s right. The analogy from which Brooks draws his political model is his own interior-decorating habits. If I was a similarly shallow thinker, I would argue that Marco Rubio is bound to win because I had a glass of Spanish Tempranillo with lunch today and he is the most obviously Spanish candidate in the mix.

I am not certain yet that Trump is capable of overcoming the all-out war that will be waged on him by both factions of the bi-factional ruling party. The Republican establishment already has its knives out for him, but the Democratic establishment has not yet begun to fight. But I would not count him out either, especially in an environment where Americans quite rightly feel threatened by the hostile invaders that the ruling party has established in their midst.

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