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David Brooks reports that some unnamed Republican Senator had his hand on his inner thigh through a “whole dinner.”  This says at least as much about Bobo, to my admittedly jaded mind, as it does about the Senator, who must be pretty disgusting for Brooks to have not named him.  I mean, Larry Craig went after cops for a reason.  What advances, exactly, would have caused a media whore, much less such a nebbishy and unattractive one like Brooks, to draw the line?  Swallowing?  I doubt it.

Cool picture of little Beirut with Mt. Hood and clear skies but still pouring rain, to get everyone’s mind off the aforementioned images.100_0174


  1. karrsic says:

    Brooks believes that such politicians are lonely. But maybe at some level at least, they’re merely testing limits? At what point, if any, would Brooks have drawn a line for “access?”

  2. retzilian says:

    I’m sorry, but I think it’s hilarious. It reminds me of when certain men I know brag about being hit on by waiters or bag checkers. It’s almost a way of bragging — look, I’m attractive to men!

    Talk about insecure.

    Hey, if you were David Brooks and had to look at that dogface every morning in the mirror, a sweaty Republican man’s greedy paw on your knee would be a terrific ego boost.

    • karrsic says:

      Knee, ok, but inner thigh? :P

      • cocktailhag says:

        Thanks, Karrsic. And all evening? Honestly, it beggars belief, much like the rest of what Brooks says. Inner thigh? David Brooks? Sheesh. Must have been an awfully long time since anything like that happened.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Ewwww! Even if it was (my guess) Lindsay Graham? Who else would want to sit next to Bobo? You definitely have a point, though… This sort of thing has been the exception rather than the rule since puberty or perhaps even before. Is it possible he was cute when he was a baby?

  3. Meremark says:

    David Brooks: A Republican senator put ‘his hand on my inner thigh’ for a ‘whole’ dinner party, By Matt Corley, Think Progress, Jul 10th, 2009.

    Earlier this week, New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote about how “the dignity code” has been “completely obliterated” in Washington, DC. Discussing the concept on MSNBC today, Brooks recalled how he “sat next to a Republican senator once at dinner and he had his hand on my inner thigh the whole time” …


    O’DONNELL: What, what’s happened?

    BROOKS: You know, all three of us spend a lot of time covering politicians and I don’t know about you guys, but in my view, they’re all emotional freaks of one sort or another. [n.b.: The diagnostic term is 'psychopath.'] They’re guaranteed to invade your personal space, touch you. I sat next to a Republican senator once at dinner and he had his hand on my inner thigh the whole time. I was like, ehh, get me out of here.

    HARWOOD: What?

    BROOKS: I can only imagine what happens to you guys.

    O’DONNELL: Sorry, who was that?

    BROOKS: I’m not telling you, I’m not telling you. But so, a lot of them spend so much time needing people’s love and yet they are shooting upwards their whole life, they’re not that great in normal human relationships. And so, they’re like freaks, they don’t know how to ….

    O’DONNELL: Can I ask one other question David? Do you think, what about female or women politicians? Are they dignified and are there examples of when they have not? Or does it tend to be the men who less dignified?

    BROOKS: Yeah, I think that’s mostly a matter of genetics. I do think that…I do think there’s loneliness. … I wish I could think of sort of St.-Bernards-sloppy women who are licking their aides, but but no, I can’t think of any. [n.b.: but but thank you, lord a'mighty Thank You.]


    #6. Roket Says: Oopsie. My ‘Too Much Information’ reading meter device just exploded. July 10th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Churl? Heck, I try to keep mine turned off and read with both eyes wide shut.

  4. Nancy Reagan had it right. Just say no. Or say yes, but let him know that you don’t take checks. Access, pfui! Something with Woodrow Wilson’s picture on it, tell him, or go take a cold shower.

    (Not that I think Brooks’ services would be worth a hundred grand, mind you — even on the proverbial desert island.)

  5. retzilian says:

    On further thought, he sounds angry, not grateful. He sounds disgusted, like a woman who has been sexually harrassed in a job, who has to put up with gross comments, pin ups of nudes, lewd suggestions, inappropriate touching, etc. In order to be with those people, Brooks has had to be a whore. He’s lashing out on them in a pretense of humor, but he’s really airing his disgust with them, and with himself.

    I have more than my fair share of sexual harrassment, and it’s so awkward to be groped or hit on by someone you need access to or someone who has the power of making or breaking your job. But, instead of putting up with it for very long, I often chose to get fired or quit.

    Brooks is too weak of a person, too ambitious, too inculcated. But, this was his chance to say, look at the sickos I have to deal with to do this job. He’s going to regret this interview.

    • I was thinking of office lotteries all over Washington: Who groped David Brooks. (Because, yes, we will find out eventually.)

      If nothing else, the gravitas of his public image is likely to suffer serious damage.

  6. The Heel says:

    The awkward thing is not so much that some Rep has such awful taste and weird desires, but that the supposedly disgusted Brooks let it go on “the whole time”. Come on, if you don’t want this you can find many polite, yet firm and unambiguous ways of ending this unsolicited affection. A slap on the hand under the table comes to mind – but the perverted Rep may beg for more, I am afraid.

    So did Brooks somehow like it? Wasn’t sure about it?

    Sorry, my brain doesn’t want to go further I am afraid….

    • cocktailhag says:

      Exactly, Heel. While I’ve never been subjected to unwanted advances myself, I have a friend who has. Maybe you know her. It’s really not that difficult to get some heel’s paw out of your lap, she tells me.

  7. The Heel says:

    BTW, had to look up “nabbishy”

    Yiddish nebekh poor, unfortunate, from Czech nebohý

    : a timid, meek, or ineffectual person

    Thanks for stimulating my continuous education and linguistic proficiency :)

    • cocktailhag says:

      It’s “Nebbishy” derived from the noun, nebbish. Rebecca and her family taught me all these things, and helpfully pointed out examples, too.