Apparently so. In today's column, Brooks tells New York Times readers that he simply cannot take any more Donald Trump. He's had it.
For the past two years Trump has taken up an amazing amount of my brain space. My brain has apparently decided that it’s not interested in devoting more neurons to that guy. There’s nothing more to be learned about Trump’s mixture of ignorance, insecurity and narcissism. Every second spent on his bluster is more degrading than informative.
For some of us, Trump-bashing has become educated-class meth. We derive endless satisfaction from feeling morally superior to him — and as Leon Wieseltier put it, affirmation is the new sex.
What lessons are people drawing from this debacle and how will those lessons shape what comes next?
It’s clear that Trump is not just a parenthesis. After he leaves things will not just snap back to “normal.” Instead, he represents the farcical culmination of a lot of dying old orders — demographic, political, even moral — and what comes after will be a reaction against rather than a continuing from.
Well, adios David Brooks, but on your way out don't ever forget the role you played as your paper's in-house Republican apologist in paving the road that Trump rode to power.