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June 06, 2005

David Brooks Takes Aim at Today's Young Republicans

He writes, scornfully (I don't think he has the juice to attain snarkiness):

Life Lessons From Watergate - New York Times: "Entering the world of the Higher Shamelessness, they begin networking like mad, cultivating the fine art of false modesty and calculated friendships. The most nakedly ambitious - the blogging Junior Lippmanns - rarely win in the long run, but that doesn't mean you can't mass e-mail your essays for obscure online sites with little 'Thought you might be interested' notes.

They create informal mutual promotion societies, weighing who will be the crucial members of their cohort, engaging in the dangerous game of lateral kissing up, hunting for the spouse who will look handsomely supportive during some future confirmation hearing, nurturing a dislike for the person who will be the chief rival when the New Yorker editing job opens up in 2027.

And of course they are always mentor-hunting, looking for that wise old Moses who will lead them through the wilderness and end their uncertainty. They discover that it's socially acceptable to flatter your bosses by day so long as you are blasphemously derisive about them while drinking with your buddies at night.

This is now a normal stage of life. And if Bob Woodward could get through something like it, perhaps they will too...

Perhaps somebody who knows more about Young Republicans than I do can tell me who his principal--but, alas, unnamed--targets really are?

Posted by DeLong at June 6, 2005 08:43 PM