The agony of David Brooks

David Brooks continues his journey through the stages of grief, frequently circling back to denial. But he really skewers the GOP in his most recent column. My favorite bit:
House Republicans led the way and will get most of the blame. It has been interesting to watch them on their single-minded mission to destroy the Republican Party. Not long ago, they led an anti-immigration crusade that drove away Hispanic support. Then, too, they listened to the loudest and angriest voices in their party, oblivious to the complicated anxieties that lurk in most American minds.

Now they have once again confused talk radio with reality. If this economy slides, they will go down in history as the Smoot-Hawleys of the 21st century.

But I am confused by this:
What we need in this situation is authority. Not heavy-handed government regulation, but the steady and powerful hand of some public institutions that can guard against the corrupting influences of sloppy money and then prevent destructive contagions when the credit dries up.

So, we need a steady and powerful hand that isn't heavy handed? Thank God conservatives continue have a clear message for America!

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