weekly online gabfest, Gail Collins gives David "Babbling" Brooks a chance to make nice with conservatives after his all-too-light dusting of Romney in the past week. And boy does he seize the opportunity. Since he's a Ryan fan-boy he has to praise his courage in going to the AARP convention and, you know, risk getting booed by group that represents so many in the 47%. Then Brooksie adds: "When future generations curse us for bankrupting them, I suspect they will view AARP as the epicenter of twenty-first century greed." No, not hedge funders or Wall Streeters. Dave, ask your hero Bruce what he thinks of that.
Of course, he also demands that the retirement age get hiked, forcing Collins to point out that while people may be living a little younger they usually don't have the option of, you know, working longer. Brooks simply replies, to paraphrase, "Hey, lot of healthy looking seniors out there! Can't they work on the highway?" And then he claims seniors have been getting lavish health care for years and now must settle for "broccoli."