Live from the Roasterie: All I can say is that the New York Times's ability to engage in quality control has not improved at all, and remains at the very low level we are used to:

Tom Levenson: In Which David Brooks Sets The World Record For Long Jump Over A Shark: "The problem Brooks has there is that Sanders...

...is not the same type of candidate as the GOP’s id-sters [Trump and Carson]: he’s running a conventional Democratic campaign, drawing on a conventional subset of the Democratic base, and he’s advancing ideas that are, for the most part, absolutely within the Democratic party mainstream.  Brooks entire anti-party indictment of Sanders is that he is an independent who merely caucuses with the Democrats. That’s weak tea, which Brooks seems to sense, which may account for this, the straw of nonsense that breaks this column’s back:

These four anti-party men have little experience in the profession of governing.... These sudden stars are not really about governing. They are tools for their supporters’ self-expression.... Sarah Palin was a pioneer in seeing politics not as a path to governance but as an expression of her followers’ id...

Let’s review:  Carson and Trump:  no experience in any elected office.

Sanders: four terms (eight years) as mayor of Burlington, VT. Member of the United States House of Representatives for sixteen years. Currently a second term United States Senator with almost nine years on the job... ranking member of the Budget Committee.... But David Brooks has said that Bernie Sanders has little experience in the profession of governing....

Seriously:  Sanders has managed departments that plow snow and fill potholes; he’s handled constituent services for the state of Vermont for more than two decades. He’s caucused with Democrats and carries a full portfolio of the bread-and-butter of legislative work.... Bernie Sanders has spent most of his adult life immersed in the daily practice of governing.... Sanders has a deep history of explicit policy experience behind him, a set of views and arguments that inform an extensive body of proposals in his presidential campaign.  Trump and Carson? Not so much....

Brooks is... guilty of one of two sins here: either he’s utterly, contemptuously, slothfully ignorant, or he knows Sanders’ record, and he’s chosen to hide that knowledge from his readers. I could go on (you know I could)--but there’s no point...

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