Shorter David Brooks:
If you believe my claim that "money is almost never the difference between victory and defeat", you'll also believe my assertion that the rich and powerful spend millions - not to influence policy, but - "because it makes them feel as if they are doing good and because they get to hang out at exclusive parties".
UPDATE: Brooks' "low" numbers for Republican-friendly spending seemed odd at first reading. Turns out that he was way off
, and that the spending is four time as large (at least).
David Brooks, naive or knave? He has not fully recovered from his adulation for too long of Bush/Cheney. He sits on the fence of the right with his "Mug" on the traditional Republican side and his "Wamp" on the Tea Party side. David's got no answers, just questions. By the way, I seem to notice his hair darken and thicken on the Newshour. Must be getting ready for a book tour.
He plays wide-eyed for the rubes. Knave all the way.