David Brooks’s column today in the Times explores the similarities between the Tea Partiers of today and the New Left of the late 1960s and 70s. It’s an interesting comparison/contrast, however it’s interesting to me that Brooks can’t make a final determination about the Tea Party.

The New Left then, like the Tea Partiers now, had a legitimate point about the failure of the ruling class. But they ruined it through their own imprudence, self-righteousness and naïve radicalism. The Tea Partiers will not take over the G.O.P., but it seems as though the ’60s political style will always be with us — first on the left, now the right.

His description of the New Left as “[imprudent], [self-righteous], and naive” begs the question of where he predicts the Tea Party might be headed. But instead, Brooks puts forth an obvious last conclusion without commenting on the future of the party. There’s something fishy there to me.

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