Saturday, July 11, 2009

For David Brooks: A Question About That Male Republican Senator and Your Inner Thigh

Think Progress has a story regarding New York Times columnist David Brooks, who made an interesting claim about an unnamed male Republican Senator during an interview on MSNBC. Brooks said:
You know, all three of us spend a lot of time covering politicians and I don’t know about you guys, but in my view, they’re all emotional freaks of one sort or another. They’re guaranteed to invade your personal space, touch you. I sat next to a Republican senator once at dinner and he had his hand on my inner thigh the whole time. I was like, ehh, get me out of here.
Brooks also offered this interesting explanation for the Senator's conduct:
But so, a lot of them spend so much time needing people’s love and yet they are shooting upwards their whole life, they’re not that great in normal human relationships. And so, they’re like freaks, they don’t know how to, they’re lonely. They reach out. I’ve spoken to a lot of young women who are Senate staffers and they’ll have these middle age guys who are sort of in the middle of a mid-life crisis. Emotionally needy, they don’t know how to do it and sort of like these St. Bernards drooling everywhere. And you find a lot of this happens in mid-life and among very powerful people who are extremely lonely.
Interesting. So being "emotionally needy" and "extremely lonely" causes male Senators to lust after their female staffers? I am sure there are other likely explanations. Even men who lack power and who are not lonely or middle-aged like the the thrill of the chase (and, sometimes, the end result).

Question for Brooks: Why did you allow the Senator to keep his hand on your inner thigh during an entire dinner party? I suspect that most people consent to such behavior because they like it, but maybe I'm wrong.

Or maybe Brooks is emotionally needed and extremely lonely too; he is definitely middle-aged. Just thinking out loud. . . .

Anyway, here's the video footage:



Update: Ann Althouse has a similar take: "What Republican Senator had his hand on David Brooks's inner thigh through an entire dinner?"

Update 2: Glenn Reynolds -- the famous Instapundit -- has a possible answer: "I think the simple answer is that the habit of deference to power has become ingrained. . . ." Possibly. Thanks for the link, Glenn (and all of the others)!

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Hutchinson: Good God. I admit, I thought you were kidding, or drunk. So I followed the link and watched the video. Then I wondered if I was drunk. What possessed Brooks to say this? This indiscretion is on a par with Sanford. Brooks may be counting on the press leaving him alone as he's "one of the boys," but given that this is a GOP senator, I doubt it. If there is any justice in the world, Brooks will be hounded---and deserve every bit of it. I keep thinking that the Democrats are building themselves lots of trouble. Then, right on schedule, here comes Sanford, then Ensign. Now Brooks.

That idea of a drink sounds better every minute.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

I am not sure what Brooks was thinking....I guess it was like you said, that he is "one of the boys." Amazing. I am still interested in why no one probed (sorry) Brooks along the lines of my question.

Freedom's Truth said...

The anecdote says more about Brooks than anyone else.

Stray Yellar Dawg? said...

Another case of the U.S. "free press" unraveling.

We, as a nation, are in a big heap o' trouble if the press does not get ahold of itself and start doing the job they are supposed to be doing.... instead of allowing perverted pols to jerk them off. And vice versa.

Geesh. Get a grip Mr. Brooks.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Freedom's Truth/Stray Yellar: Agreed!

harkin said...

Dood puts his hand on my inner thigh, I put my hand in his inner face.

To sit there for the entire dinner is as creepy as the hand action itself.

Chris Matthews only produces his own thigh action, Brooks makes his Obama fantasy look tame.

BlogDog said...

I'm not even comfortable when I have my *own* hand on my thigh during a dinner.
Ah well, we get a ringside seat at the sad disintegration of David Brooks. Just a word in your ear David - Paris Hilton used the sex tape to become famous. After she was famous she didn't need to make her sex public.

Kansas City said...

I doubt that it happened in the way that Brooks described.

OSweet said...

Dude really really needs to be liked.

Susan's Husband said...

How exactly did that Senator eat dinner with one hand?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Harkin: I am not sure I'd have a violent reaction to a hand on my thigh the way he described it, but let's say, it wouldn't remain there if it made me uncomfortable.

BlogDog (great screen name): "I'm not even comfortable when I have my *own* hand on my thigh during a dinner." Funny.

KC: We will never know.

marty g said...

I guess my question to Brooks would be, "Did you get his phone number?"

Dan said...

Who knew blogs can be read from bass boats?
A little hyperbole from David Brooks, and the party of irrelevance rises, predictably, to ridicule one who dares to stray from the party line.
I know it makes you feel brilliant to disparage RINOs and the librul media, but how about if you guys leave intelligent people alone and go back to your fantasies involving Sarah Palin in a box suite at a NASCAR event?

Frank Warner said...

Here are the Top 10 other undignified acts David Brooks has tolerated at dinner:

10. “A Republican governor grabbed my bridge to nowhere. I finished the leg of lamb, but I asked myself why.”

9. “I sat next to a Democratic congressman who told me he loved me. He ate my fries and billed everything to Fannie Mae.”

8. “I sat between Obama and Sarkozy and they couldn’t keep their eyes off the Brazilian chick.”

7. “Putin dropped smoked beluga on my lap. I was like, happy to be there.”

6. “Nancy Pelosi just stared at me while I ate two stacks of pancakes. Horrifying. I ordered two stacks more.”

5. “Ahmadinejad hanged a man even as I waved furiously for a waiter to bring the check.”

4. “Councilman Barry had crack-induced sex with a waitress on my table. Nearly tipped my Chablis.”

3. “Vice President Biden’s hair plugs chased my inner Hezbollah through an Amtrak diner car, but that might have been a dream.”

2. “At the Blue Marlin, I was flattered when Governor Sanford told me King David can have anything he wants.”

And the No. 1 indignity David Brooks has suffered at dinner:

“Cheney waterboarded me at Clyde’s, Georgetown. I nearly refused dessert.”

paul a'barge said...

I think Brooks allowed it because Brooks is a big 'mo.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Dan: I am not sure whom your post tries to attack, but if you are calling me a conservative, you are way off base! I am an honest liberal, who thinks Brooks's story is a little odd. Sorry if that bothers you.

Frank Warner: Hilarious!

Paul: Perhaps.

Marty G: Maybe we should ask Brooks where his hands were.....

A Jacksonian said...
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Mike G in Corvallis said...

Brooks, a "journalist," didn't report the story that a United States Senator made a blatant homosexual pass at him. Now, much later, he's willing to tell the story as an anecdote,, but he still won't name the senator ... presumably for fear of repurcussions against himself.

What else isn't this journalist -- and all those other journalists out there -- telling us?

A Jacksonian said...

Well, David Brooks, being a moderate Hamiltonian and all, just can't say 'no' when the federal power reaches out to take a hand in his personal life... ya know?

Note to self: must learn to use 'preview'! Spelling is not my forte, to say the least.

Anonymous said...

I know what I'd say in Brook's position: "That's not my thigh, big boy."

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

You guys are too funny....

Barry_Dauphin said...

So why does Brooks mention the party of the Senator, other than to cast aspersions on Republicans in general? He could have simply said a senator, since he wasn't going to name the person. But now he'll have journos playing "witch hunt" in one party but not the other. Perhaps that's by design or Brooks simply has loose lips.

StlDan said...

Good point Barry!

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Barry and StlDan: I don't see how this harms Republicans at all. Assuming it's true, I think that "sexual harassment" is not confined to one party.

Anonymous said...

I doubt this happened. If it did..why was it tolerated for that length of time? Must have wanted it.

tryptic said...

Brooks shouldn't flatter himself. He ain't that good looking, that smart or that influential - even for a hard-up (no pun intended) GOP senator trying to get a little lovin' in a one-party town.

calvin said...

Between this and the holocaust denier story, one has to wonder about the more pathological culture in the Republican party right now. (And no, I'm not talking about homosexuality,also let me tell u for a better experience Buy Cialis and enjoy
. I'm talking about denying it and then groping a major media person.) Not that Dems don't have our share of oddballs, but really, it's like a day can't go by where another story of a Republican off kilter is whirling around as a destructive force.

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