Rick Hertzberg tackles Brooks's Friday column:
Maybe I’m reading this too carefully, but does Brooks really mean to say that, taken together, Obama’s projects are indefensible? Does he really mean to say that it was the Administration, and not the Fox News-talk radio right, that “created the impression” of a “federal onslaught”? Does Brooks think that the Administration’s moderate attempts to reform health insurance, the financial industry, and climate policy in fact constitute an “onslaught”? If he does, shouldn’t he say so? If (as I suspect) he doesn’t, doesn’t he have an even more pressing responsibility to say he doesn’t?