David Brooks looks into his crystal ball…
October 15, 2008
…And foretells the end of so-called fiscal conservatism that has ruled the legislative branch for the past twenty years:
What we’re going to see, in short, is the Gingrich revolution in reverse and on steroids. There will be a big increase in spending and deficits. In normal times, moderates could have restrained the zeal on the left. In an economic crisis, not a chance. The over-reach is coming. The backlash is next.
Shortly after today’s NYT went to press, the following picture was taken of Brooks as he prepared for the worst:
As it turned out, Brooks’ preparations were unwarranted. He later re-appeared after a co-worker showed him this graph (from ThinkProgress.org):
Whew. That was a close one.