From "Don't Know Much About History" (scroll down):
New York Times columnist David Brooks, a domesticated conservative, also decries what he sees as the Republicans' recent move to the right. He complains that Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Richard Lugar of Indiana have tacked rightward in the face of potential primary challenges: "It's not honorable to adjust your true nature in order to win re-election." Then he complains that conservatives are too honorable: "Republicans on the extreme are willing to lose elections in order to promote their principles."So we took out the Rockefeller Republicans (tell it to Mitt Romney) and we took out the compassionate conservatives and we took out the mainstream conservatives.
The closing paragraph, however, is a classic. Invoking Martin Niemöller, Brooks likens himself to the victims of the Holocaust:
"First they went after the Rockefeller Republicans, but I was not a Rockefeller Republican. Then they went after the compassionate conservatives, but I was not a compassionate conservative. Then they went after the mainstream conservatives, and there was no one left to speak for me."
"No one left to speak for me," whines David Brooks, who speaks for himself twice a week in a column on the pages of America's second most influential newspaper.
Who does that leave?
Only those on the LEFT end of the spectrum.
The sooner David Brooks gains understanding of who he is the more his surroundings will make sense to him.
But here's his bigger problem: You can bet your ass that we're coming after him too.
Hear those footsteps, Dave?
Time to be very afraid.