From David Brooks, some appalling disingenuousness:
The Democrats, besotted by the myth that the New Deal ended the Great Depression, have consistently overestimated their ability to turn the economy around.
Brooks knows this is straw-manly hyperbole, bordering on the Big and deliberate Lie. I know of no Democrat or correspondingly partisan economist who believes the New Deal ended the Great Depression. Indeed, the Democratic (and liberal) knock on the economically excruciating 1930s is that empirical evidence inescapably suggests the New Deal could have ended the Great Depression, but FDR's budgetary caution and primal conservatism prevented the possible.
Brooks himself is too sober a thinker (or so I believed) to hustle what is in fact the pseudoconservative mythology of hallucinatory Dems on a wildly revisionist binge of New Deal revivalism. The right, characteristically, is selling a myth of a properly risible myth. It's what they do. David Brooks once refused to drink from their piss-bucket of venomous propaganda. But I guess they got to him.
And so goes the concentrically squeezed circle of thoughtful conservative commentators. What are we down to now? -- Sullivan, Frum, Bartlett, perhaps a few, but only a few, more? Or, maybe I'm making too much of this. Maybe Brooks was merely besotted when he wrote that.