In the decades before Trump, the Republican Party stood for an idea: character before policy. To Mitt Romney, John McCain, the Bushes and Ronald Reagan, personal character and moral integrity were paramount. They stood for the idea that you can’t be a good leader or a good nation unless you are a good person and a good people.I have criticized Brooks many times for his silly ideas. I have also noted his bogus research reporting and personal moral failings. He also exhibits Jewish supremacy, and likes to equate Christian Americans with other non-Jewish inferiors. He probably has more allegiance to Israel than to the USA. He treats non-Jews as sub-human. He plays the identity politics game, and has contempt for white Christian America.
Trump asked the G.O.P. to reverse those priorities. He asked the Republican Party to accept the proposition that it doesn’t matter if your leader is a liar, a philanderer and a narcissist. It doesn’t matter if he is cruel to the weak and bigoted toward the outsider. What matters, when you’re in a death match in which the survival of your nation and culture is at stake, is having a bastard in charge who understands and is tough enough to win.
The central Republican bet is that Trump’s moral nature won’t matter. You can be a bad person and have a successful presidency. You can have a good nation without good moral norms. Trump asked for the party’s soul, and he got it. That was the story of 2016 and 2017.
The question of 2018 is whether the Democrats will follow suit.
No, the most annoying thing about Brooks is that he has been a regular commentator on PBS TV and NPR Radio for many years in which he supposedly represents Republican. There is nothing Republican or conservative about him. He enthusiastically supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and vehemently denounced Trump in 2016. He had plenty of bad things to say about G.W. Bush also.
It is extremely dishonest of him to get paid the big bucks to represent ppl he personally despises. PBS and NPR will have him and a Democrat on, supposedly for balance, and ask both about some Trump issue or other political matter of the day. Both of them will spend their time trashing Trump and other Republicans! Brooks also keeps his job at the NY Times because he is a Jewish Republican-basher, but the paper can pretend that he is a conservative because he is more conservative than the other Jewish Republican-bashers on staff.
Calling Trump a liar is getting tiresome. Trump is the most honest political leader we have seen in a long time. He is called a liar for exaggerating his inauguration crowd, and for a few other trivialities, but he is much more straightforward and honest with the public than Obama and Hillary Clinton ever were. Trump explains what he does and why he does it.
Trump is also much more honest than Brooks. Brooks does not correct his errors or explain his biases.
The Democrat Party sold its soul a long time ago. Most of its campaigning is to attract votes from those who hate white straight male Christian Americans.