Oakeshott and De-Regulation and Social Security– Just askin’

Mark is right that David Brooks is wildly off the mark in tarring Obama with Oakeshott. Where were the devotees of Oakeshott when Republicans wanted to deregulate banks, or privatize social security, or remake the Middle East?

Mark’s riff on the silliness of David Brooks enlisting Oakeshott against Obama reminds me: where were Brooks and other conservative devotees of Oakseshott when the radical privatizers like Phil Gramm and George W. Bush wanted to take apart settled institutions such as Glass-Steagall and Social Security, for the apparent benefit of the rich and super-rich. or when the neo-cons and George W. Bush wanted to remake the Middle East?

A little consistency is just too much to ask of conservative columnists.