David Brooks: Ghost Writer
David Brooks, perhaps anticipating a disaster for Romney in Wednesday night’s debate, has thoughtfully provided an opening statement for the candidate. It begins: “Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to use the opening minutes of this debate a little differently. I’d like to say that I wish everybody could have known my father, George Romney. He was a great public servant and I’ve always tried to live up to his example. The problem is that you get caught up in the competitiveness of a campaign and all the consultants want to make you something you’re not.”
And continues: “I’ve allowed that to happen to me. I’m a nonideological guy running in an ideological age, and I’ve been pretending to be more of an ideologue than I really am. I’m a sophisticated guy running in a populist moment. I’ve ended up dumbing myself down. It hasn’t even worked. I’m behind. So I’ve decided to run the last month of this campaign as myself.”
Brooks goes on to outline some interesting policy analysis and suggestions for the Republican candidate.
I found it a refreshing, if unlikely, stance for Romney to take. Your views: Yes, especially you Republicans!
Here: NYTimes, October 2.