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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:59 PM
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anyone read David Brooks yesterday? it was brilliant. He really gets it.
I know he's a conservative jerk but he really nailed the essential differences between liberals and conservatives with his satirical imaginings of separate airlines for us and them: Liberal Air vs. Right Wing Express.

Read this and laugh:

Fly the Partisan Skies
By DAVID BROOKS

"The political divisions in this country being what they are, it's not enough that liberals and conservatives have different radio networks, different Web sites and different networks of friends. In order to eliminate all possibility of trans-partisan conversation, I really think it's time we stopped flying together. It's time to set up two different airlines: Liberal Air, with direct flights between Madison, Berkeley, Ann Arbor and the New School for Social Research; and Right Wing Express, which will have planes with no oxygen masks in case of emergencies because anybody who can't handle a little asphyxiation doesn't deserve to live...."

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/06/opinion/06BROO.html?n...
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LeftCoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:03 PM
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1. I find it interesting that Brooks complains about
partisan division in the country, but only when it's the left achieving parity with the right. Apparently it was ok that the RW had a lock on the radio, but now that the left has a voice on radio...well, that's partisanship. :eyes:
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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:13 PM
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2. What we need ...
LESS 'bipartisanship' that has the GOP RAMMING their extreme policies up our collective arses without a single concern about how WE feel ... and MORE partisanship, where we stand up for what we believe in ...

Brooks can take a flying fuck at a rolling donut: he has selective vision .. apparently ...
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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:38 PM
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3. Geez. Forget about who the messenger was here.
I just think he made some hilarious and undeniably true observations.
And for my dollar liberals came out looking a hell of a lot better in his portrayal.
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Parrcrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:48 PM
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4. An objective jab....
at partisan stereotypes can be very funny. David Brooks, however, is not objective.

I can see where you are coming from, but when I read it, I was all too aware that he thought that the jabs at conservatives were just being playful but that the jabs at liberals were truisms.
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