David Brooks Still Not Happy With the GOP

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David Brooks of the New York Times speaks during a live taping of Meet the Press March 30, 2008 in Washington, DC. Guests General Michael Hayden, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David Brooks, of the New York Times, and Peter Beinart, a Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy on the Council on Foreign Relations, appeared on the show to speak about the successes and falures of the CIA in the war on terror and the upcoming US presidential elections. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Times scribe David Brooks is using his column, once again, to lambaste the GOP for shunning a historic opportunity to reform entitlements and cut trillions from government spending. Certain conservative players — anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist, "show horses" like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, talk-radio hosts, and legislators chiefly concerned with their next campaign — "do not believe in seizing opportunities to make steady, messy progress toward conservative goals," Brooks writes. "They believe that politics is a cataclysmic struggle ... They believe they are Gods of the New Dawn." [NYT]