Gail Collins: David, are you reconciled to the fact that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican presidential nominee?
David Brooks: Oh, I went through that phase a few weeks ago after the debate at the Reagan library. That’s the night I noticed Romney was the best candidate in the field. Since then I’ve noticed that he has given three debate performances that are better than any Barack Obama has given in his life. (Obama’s a better speechmaker, but Romney’s a better debater.) So now I’m settling into the idea that Romney might well be president. This will be interesting because he has a tendency to hire people who look vaguely like him, so I’m picturing a White House filled with tall, well-groomed brunettes.
Read the whole thing. Most amusing bit is when Collins asserts that “the man would change his position on the rotation of the earth around the sun if he thought it would get him a win,” and she wasn’t talking about President Obama’s new civility campaign or any of the scores of other reversals of field we have seen from the Times‘ favorite president ever!
Seriously, every cliche about the campaign held dear on the left is buried in this short exchange, every snide and condescending smirk towards everyone not living in the Boston-Manhattan-Boston-LA-SF bubble, the short-handed code of the elite. It is a treasure. Clip and save.
Whatever Tom Wicker and William Safire thought of Ronald Reagan or those competing with him in 1979, would they have so casually dismissed so many millions of Americans?