Nominal conservative David Brooks is one of President Obama’s unlikeliest allies, writes Gabriel Sherman for the New Republic. The New York Times columnist was on board early, publishing an op-ed titled “Run, Barack, Run” in 2006. Lately, Brooks has written more favorably of Obama than Paul Krugman has. Sherman explores the “bromance” between the prominent pundit and “the most liberal president of his lifetime.”
The closeness between the two stems from Brooks’ particular strain of conservatism, which embraces a deep distrust of ideology and “party line” thinking—qualities he sees in Obama. For the president, Brooks is a powerful ally because he validates the “myth” that the current administration is “post-partisan,”—even though Brooks' biggest audience is not conservatives, but the liberal baby boomers who are some of Obama’s strongest backers.