So Jon Schwarz over at A Tiny Revolution has published the best version of this classic vaudeville joke (since Gilbert Gottfried) and managed to do so while taking a well deserved pot shot at Dr. Bobo while doing so:
DAVID BROOKS: Okay, so our act starts with us inflating a giant internet bubble. Then that collapses, taking the country’s economy with it, just as we massively cut taxes on millionaires because, we say, if we don’t the government will have too much money. Right after that we blow off warnings about terrorism and let 3,000 Americans get slaughtered. We use that as a chance to lie the U.S. into invading a country that had nothing to do with the attack, killing hundreds of thousands of people and turning millions into refugees. In the middle of all that we borrow torture techniques from the Inquisition and use them on people in secret sites around the planet. Then we make billions off another financial bubble, the biggest in human history, and do nothing as it collapses, plunging the world into the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression. To fix that we open up the national bank vault and shovel out money as fast as possible to all the criminals who made it happen in the first place. Then—as the amazing finale—we refuse to prosecute anyone for that, for the war, or for torture, and we start killing U.S. citizens with flying death robots.
AGENT: …That’s a hell of an act. What do you call it?
DAVID BROOKS: The Aristocrats!
Goddamit if I could write political analysis like this I wouldn’t have to spike my blog with pesto recipes in order to get a decent number of page views. Oh and while we continue to laugh at the irredeemable fascist asshole that is David Brooks; here is Charlie Pierce’s essential take down of Brooks’ latest dispatch from Versailles.