David Brooks gets a lot of criticism from both right and left. He can be described by folks with an opinion as either a traitorous moderate east coast intellectual or a neoconservative hack.
I don’t share those opinions. I find him often very bright in analysis and bravely independent in thought, given the state of modern “conservatism”. I agree with him about 53% of the time but that’s markedly better than the near 0% agreement I have with a scary percentage of contemporary conservatives.
And his average has just gone up with the following: