Is Yuppie Paranoia (and David Brooks) Destroying the Democratic Party? - Rolling Stone
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Is Yuppie Paranoia (and David Brooks) Destroying the Democratic Party?

Check out the first installment of Matt Taibbi’s new column, “The Low Post.” In it, he tracks the role of a David Brooks NYT piece in Joe Lieberman’s flailing Senate campaign.

Brooks’s column of a few weeks ago on the subject of Lieberman/Lamont, titled “The Liberal Inquisition,” was a masterpiece of yuppie paranoia. In an editorial line that would be repeated by other writers all across the country, Brooks blasted the “netroots” supporters of Lamont for being leftist extremists driven by “moral manias” and “mob psychology” to liquidate the “scarred old warhorse” Lieberman, whom he calls “transparently the most kind-hearted and well-intentioned of men.” This is the archetypal suburban-conservative nightmare — anonymous hordes of leftist boat-rockers viciously assaulting the champion of the decent people, who is just a really nice guy given to tending his lawn and minding his own business.

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