Krauthammer on NYT’s David Brooks: ‘He’s not a conservative’

Earlier this week, New York Times columnist David Brooks offered a scathing rebuke of congressional Republicans’ stand on the debt ceiling, saying the GOP is undermining their its position by not budging on raising taxes.

Later in the week, Brooks got accolades from those on the left, including a mention from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the Senate floor, for being a reasonable “conservative.” But the designation of conservative isn’t accurate according Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer. On this weekend’s broadcast of “Inside Washington,” Krauthammer took issue with Brooks claiming to be a conservative.

“Well forgive me, but I have to correct your copy again, ‘conservative columnist,’” Krauthammer said. “He’s a great columnist but he’s not a conservative — I think he’s a moderate. He’s a moderate – he’s open to all views.”

On the issue of taxation, Krauthammer varied from Brooks saying that House Republican leadership, including Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor were handling it correctly by focusing on tax reform as a means of generating more revenue for the government.

“I think what the Republicans are doing on taxes is correct,” Krauthammer said. “What they are saying if you hear Cantor or Boehner – ‘We’re ready for tax reform, which was done in the mid-80s. It was the most successful piece of legislation. You cut out the loopholes and you use the money to cut rates. You get fairness. The rich don’t have advantages by having their lobbyists create loopholes and exploit them.  And you stimulate economic growth because the loopholes in of themselves are distorting economically and the low rates encourage economic activity. That’s what Republicans have been asking for – to eliminate loophole here or a loophole there, which in the end amount to absolutely nothing.”

  • mountainaires

    Hahahaha. Nice try. Brooks is a moderate, not a conservative. Well, much as I love to watch/read Charles Krauthammer, I have to laugh, because Krauthammer’s not a conservative either, by his own definition. He’s a neo-con. And, they aren’t “conservative.” True conservatives would never have accepted Bush’s political war in Iraq, his Medicare Reform fraud, which cost a bundle, or his expansion of the “unitary executive.” Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer and the rest of the neocons undermined conservatism for 8 years under Bush, spending like drunken fools the whole time. So, Krauthammer is being a rank hypocrite on Brooks: POT MEET KETTLE.

  • bcomber38

    Brooks turned when he was working for american spectator.There was something about his being gay.I don’t know why that matters but I guess a gay guy can’t be a conservative and brooks is nowhere near a conservative.When I read some of his articles I don’t see a moderate either.

    • mountainaires

      Geezus, would you please not make such sweeping generalizations? You embarrass those of us who really are conservatives, with these discriminatory stupidities, you mindless moron.

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  • denverdave

    Of course he’s not a conservative. There can never be someone who’s both a conservative and a moderate. Conservatism is synonymous with extreme ideology. Someone like Brooks, who puts country above ideology, simply isn’t fit to call himself a conservative.

    • truebearing


      By making the ridiculous and rather stupid comment that “Conservatism is synonymous with extreme ideology” you out yourself as an extremist. Only a fool on the far left would say something that inaccurate and stupid. On the ideological continuum, there are two extremes, the far right, or anarchy, and the far left or communism. Conservatism is hardly so far right that it embraces anarchy.

      Any more brilliant observations?

  • libertyatstake

    You are being too kind, Mr. Krauthammer. Brooks is *not* a conservative and he is a *crappy* columnist. His output is two laughably ludicrous columns a week – and it’s his main job. I’m able to achieve the same output with a day job.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • bobothree

    David Brooks is a conservative only within the confines of the New York Times and Manhattan. His writings are often flawed by poor logic. Hell, he has even caved to me in response to emails and I’m just a chauffeur.

  • rainmaker1145

    Wow, you figured that out all by yourself, Charles? I’m impressed…