"being a conservative columnist for The New York Times [is
like] "being the chief rabbi in Mecca."
and, on the death of Conservatism...
both agreed that the conservative era that began during the Reagan
years is intellectually bankrupt and, in a word, over.
"There are fewer intellectual oddballs in the [conservative]
movement and more sleaze balls," Brooks said.
"Conservatives have been less creative about thinking about the new
problems of today than liberals. Part of it is because conservatives have been
in power. You can't think and be in power."