David Brooks of The New York Times has written perhaps the most Brooksian column ever in today’s anti-Trump jeremiad. Here, he acknowledges that his own too-long absence from the Applebee’s salad bar lulled him into a false sense of security about Trump’s prospects:
Moreover, many in the media, especially me, did not understand how they [voters] would express their alienation. We expected Trump to fizzle because we were not socially intermingled with his supporters and did not listen carefully enough. For me, it’s a lesson that I’m going to have to change the way I do my job if I’m going to report accurately on this country.
“Report accurately” — is that the current euphemism for the service Brooks performs these days? He goes on:
Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised. He has already shredded the unspoken rules of political civility that make conversation possible. In his savage regime, public life is just a dog-eat-dog war of all against all.
Brooks goes biblical in the column too, quoting Psalms at some length. But look at what passes for introspection in that column and despair of true party reform, even if Trump leaves only a scorched husk in his wake.