But no matter the reason, there it was: "I’m a columnist no more." Finally!!! If only he could take Friedman, Dowd, Stephens, and a few more with him. Other than the pleasure of seeing his ten-year occupation of space on The New York Times opinion page end, however, is there anything of even minor importance to be said about Bruni's departure? Perhaps.
"Frank Bruni [writes] that "Hillary's Summer of Love" is an opportunity for Clinton to move to the right, just like her husband did two decades ago. That Bruni's only specific example is Bill Clinton's misguided welfare reform law speaks volumes.
As always, Bruni manages not to say anything specific but to do so with a lot of words. He calls on Clinton to take a "big-tent tack." The lesson that he took from President Obama's experience with Republicans is that they attacked Obama because he "defied" them during his first two years in office. If only Obama had been nice, Bruni seems to be saying, they would have been nice back.
So, Bruni's bottom line for Clinton is, like Friedman's, to adopt a Republican agenda. Why? Because we need to move past intractable partisanship, and even though Democrats are likely to win, they must not then allow themselves to do what they said that they will do.
Who can really be sure that trashing the filibuster is the gateway to governmental bliss? Who can be sure it isn’t? I wish someone would write a great analysis of the filibuster that focused on two undeniable truths: We have no idea what the ultimate impact of such a consequential change would be, and there are powerful arguments for and against it. On this issue and others, Option A versus Option B amounts to a coin flip. How many pundits say that?
One day in 2015 when I had a column due in hours and couldn’t settle on a topic, I took the easy route of unloading on Cruz, who was one of many unappealing contenders for the Republican presidential nomination. He was fair game for rebuke, no question there. But did I illuminate his dark character, enlighten my readers or advance any worthwhile cause by comparing him — repeatedly — to the unstoppable entity in the horror movie “It Follows”?
No. I just swam with the snide tide.
I did that too often. Many columnists do.