The Naked Cowboy is not the only New York cultural presence to back Mitt Romney. David Brooks signaled yesterday that hed the former Massachusetts governor to the incumbent, though with considerably less enthusiasm — and for process reasons rather than philosophical ones:
If Obama wins, we’ll probably get small-bore stasis; if Romney wins, we’re more likely to get bipartisan reform. Romney is more of a flexible flip-flopper than Obama. He has more influence over the most intransigent element in the Washington equation House Republicans. He’s more likely to get big stuff done
Brooks spends as much time imagining the future under the leadership of the man whose “perfectly creased pant” once so enchanted him as he does imagining a Romney administration. This column is significant for a variety of reasons, notably that Brooks once gushed over Obama, but now has a better picture of the man:
By running such a negative presidential campaign, Obama has won no mandate for a Grand Bargain. Obama himself is not going to suddenly turn into a master legislative craftsman on the order of Lyndon Johnson.
Once again, a pundit acknowledges that Obama is not really up to the business of governing. That said, Brooks is overly generous in imagining how Obama would go about avoiding the fiscal cliff — and too harsh on the GOP.
But, the columnist is well-liked by a good number of urban intellectuals*; this column may serve to give the urban bourgeoisie (particularly the bohemians among them) who have becoming increasingly aware of Obama’s failures”permission” to vote for Mitt Romney.
*How many times do you see a liberal friend link one of Brooks’s columns on Facebook, adding a caption like, “I just love this guy!”