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It’s an appropriately dopey punchline to a Bobo column that actually argues that the Republican and “Democrat”* parties are equally monolithic. The guy makes a healthy salary to discuss politics and he’s apparently never heard of Ben Nelson…

*Yup, Bobo is now reduced to using the Bad Grammar of Ressentiment as dictated by the Fox News style guide. Sad.

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  • sparks

    What you call “Bad Grammar of Ressentiment” I call a tell.

  • Linnaeus

    The words “brutal cleansing flood, after which the sun will shine again” are a bit chilling.

    • Hogan

      Very Travis Bickle.

    • Not when that adorable German boy sings them in Cabaret.

    • Malaclypse

      The words “brutal cleansing flood, after which the sun will shine again” are a bit chilling.

      We have heard these words before:

      “Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate farmers, liquidate real estate… it will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up from less competent people.” – Andrew Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury under Herbert Hoover.

      • pete

        Great catch!

      • rea

        Actually, that’s what Hoover claimed much after the fact that Mellon said, when he was trying to blame everything on Mellon.

        • Malaclypse

          True, although I have never heard of anybody objecting that this seemed out of character for Mellon.

        • Murc

          That’s true, but I see no reason to doubt Hoover in that regard.

          Hoover was a flawed man in many ways, as are most men, but he was one of the greatest American humanitarians of the early 20th century and had a long track record of deploying government resources to get shit one. I have no doubt he was trying to shift blame to Mellon; I equally have no doubt that Hoover was dedicated to forceful government action to try and pull the country out of depression and would have rejected out of hand any advice to simply let everything crater and then pick up the pieces.

          • Incontinentia Buttocks

            …had a long track record of deploying government resources to get shit one.

            “Who does Number 2 work for?”

            [sorry…couldn’t help myself]

      • Linnaeus

        Nicely done.

        Mellon pulled the whistle,
        Hoover rang the bell,
        Wall Street gave the signal,
        And the country went to hell.

  • Hogan

    It’s like he’s never read The Quiet American, but did see the 1958 movie version.

  • wengler

    People don’t make hefty salaries to tell the truth after all.

    • Linnaeus

      Not when their salaries depend very much on not telling the truth.

  • c u n d gulag

    Bobo – deeply entrenched, go-to ‘useful tool’ in all the different variety of mediums in MSM! Print, radio, TV, etc…

    This insipid MFer could put a kilo of coke to sleep.

    And I wonder where ‘…“brutal cleansing flood, after which the sun will shine again” came from?

    Because the next original thought or sentence he has will be his first.

    And, lest anyone worry, not a drop of that ‘cleansing flood’ will touch Bobo, his family, his friends, or the Galtian Overlords who insist that he be the ‘moderate’ voice on everything.

    He’s too valuable in putting a smile on Fascism and economic ass-rape with diseased Koch’s, broken glass, and metal shards.

    The rest of us motherfuckers might as well be drowned kittens in a massive litter for all this insipid motherfucker cares.

    Fuck him!
    But if the NY Times ever lets him go, he has no worries – the WaPo, WSJ, and NY Post, among others, will be clammoring for his insipid services.

    • Malaclypse

      And I wonder where ‘…“brutal cleansing flood, after which the sun will shine again” came from?

      Andrew Mellon.

      • Holden Pattern

        I gotta go with Travis Bickle, same as Hogan:

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075314/quotes?qt=qt0252584

        • Malaclypse

          You and Hogan make a convincing case, except I just cannot picture Brooks watching that movie.

          • Hogan

            I think it’s more a shared outlook than a direct influence.

            • Holden Pattern

              History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

              • Bill Murray

                History never repeats, I tell myself before I go to sleep

          • c u n d gulag

            I don’t know.
            I can definitely see him jacking-off his little Bobo to 13 year-old Jodie Foster playing a teenage hooker.

        • A

          I think it’s Bobo under Rorschach’s mask.

          “The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown.”

          • Malaclypse

            I kept thinking yesterday that the Comedian said something similar to Bobo, but you are right – it was Rorschach.

          • Hogan

            Bobo isn’t stuck in here with you. You’re stuck in here with Bobo.

  • West of the Cascades

    Bless you for linking to Pierce instead of directly to Bobo.

  • The Farce is strong with this one

  • My comment at the NYT that did not make it through moderation. Was it too blunt or did it lack the requisite “peasants must suffer” moral clarity.

    Mr Brooks, instead of “a devastating fiscal crisis”, I propose we try something more modest first. Let us put the heads of several “moderate” austerity columnists on pikes. This seems to me a trifle less severe than a “cleansing flood” and also more likely to be a success in the the whole “after which the sun will shine again.” endeavor.

  • cpinva

    what’s sad is that this asshole-masquerading-as-a-sentient being actually gets paid in real money, as opposed to the monopoly money he should be getting.

    *Yup, Bobo is now reduced to using the Bad Grammar of Ressentiment as dictated by the Fox News style guide. Sad.

    5,000 years from now, when future archeologists unearth this drivel, the will (rightly) assume these to be the mad ravings of an inmate committed to the institution for the terminally stupid. this will ignite a long-term debate over when mankind actually evolved into a thinking, tool using primate. those maintaining a more recent developmental standard will point to these columns as proof, and little legitimate evidence to the contrary will be raised against them.

    even knowing that a brooks’ column exists is sufficient to lower one’s IQ by several points.

  • bobbyp

    “brutal cleansing flood, after which the sun will shine again”

    Wow. Just wow. I am speechless. Good thing I have my keyboard.

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