Today David Brooks took a turn towards the dark side with his column about Barack Obama. The basic theme is that Obama is a sojourner (read: foreigner). Brooks writes that wherever Obama has been he merely inhabits the place, but does not become of it.
The implication? Obama is in America, but not really of it. He is not, in short, one of us.
This is a disgusting piece of xenophobia that uses a classic anti-semitic trope against a man who is an all-American success story. Brooks is usually a reasonably thoughtful conservative so I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one, but he would be wise to examine the bias that drove him to pen this column. Shame on him.