Also in today's Times Book Review: Michael Kinsley takes down David Brooks. Agree 99%. Minor quibble: "David Brooks has been every liberal's favorite conservative." Uh, no. I can scarcely stand Brooks more than I can stand Dowd, and I hate them both. They're both writers of immense triviality. At least the Kristols, père et fils, have something that resembles a set of serious ideas to promote. At least Safire is reliably insane and evil, which has something to be said for it. Brooks is just a twee wanker in love with his own cuteness.