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Delete your account, NYTDavid Brooks, professional humble guy, is worried about Hillary Clinton’s unpopulars. After all, as Brooks points out, she was likable enough when she was Secretary of State. She was the most admired woman in the world! How could it be that her negatives have shot up to Donald Trump levels? That guy wouldn’t be welcome at any of David Brooks’s friends’ Bloody Mary Sundays!

First, let us allow David Brooks to show us some fugly numbers!

In the New York Times/CBS News poll, 60 percent of respondents said Clinton does not share their values. Sixty-four percent said she is not honest or trustworthy. Clinton has plummeted so completely down to Trump’s level that she is now statistically tied with him in some of the presidential horse race polls.

There are two paradoxes to her unpopularity. First, she was popular not long ago. As secretary of state she had a 66 percent approval rating. Even as recently as March 2015 her approval rating was at 50 and her disapproval rating was at 39.

It’s only since she launched a multimillion-dollar campaign to impress the American people that she has made herself so strongly disliked.

That IS a paradox! You know, having followed this campaign a little bit, I would suggest that her sinking popularity could have something to do with her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, insinuating in every speech and at every rally that she is a dishonest, greedy, war-loving (that part is probably true!) front for the One Percent who wants nothing more than to give all the Chips, Brads and Tads of Wall Street an extra-spitty beej.

But that is just my opinion! What’s David Brooks’s? That Hillary Clinton should get some hobbies. Nobody likes a workaholic!

hillary clinton makes a bomb in her basement
hillary clinton makes a bomb in her basement

I would begin my explanation with this question: Can you tell me what Hillary Clinton does for fun? We know what Obama does for fun — golf, basketball, etc. We know, unfortunately, what Trump does for fun.

Hunts the most dangerous game?

Clinton’s career appears, from the outside, to be all consuming. Her husband is her co-politician. Her daughter works at the Clinton Foundation. Her friendships appear to have been formed at networking gatherings reserved for the extremely successful.

People who work closely with her adore her and say she is warm and caring. But it’s hard from the outside to think of any non-career or pre-career aspect to her life. Except for a few grandma references, she presents herself as a résumé and policy brief.

I don’t know, she seemed to have fun that time she was playing the dominoes with the old Dominican guys in Harlem.

Also, I feel like she likes to drink?

hillarydrinksweb

go home Hillz you're drunk
go home Hillz you’re drunk

And listen to Fleetwood Mac?

hillary clinton fleetwood mac

Like those wouldn’t be a step up for the rest of us, as we spend our “me time” “watching Bar Rescue,” “farting” and “scratching our nads.”

There’s a larger lesson here, especially for people who have found a career and vocation that feels fulfilling. Even a socially good vocation can swallow you up and make you lose a sense of your own voice. Maybe it’s doubly important that people with fulfilling vocations develop, and be seen to develop, sanctuaries outside them: in play, solitude, family, faith, hobbies and leisure.

Shut the fuck up David Brooks, you’ll pry our “House Hunters International” from our cold drunk hands.

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  • dslindc

    What does David Brooks do for fun? Stand on his head and stack BBs?

    • goonemeritus

      I would think that this primary has driven him to self cutting.

  • onedollarjuana

    You know, David Brooks has short fingers, too.

    • JustPixelz

      But not as short as Little Donnie’s.

  • 5 more months of this shit. Five. More. Months.

    Fuck the world.

    • limberrat

      If she wins, it’s 4 more years of this shit. You think Obama was bad? That was a cake walk.

      • goonemeritus

        It is surprising they haven’t started impeachment hearings yet.

        • IdRatherBeDancing

          UH, some nutbagger Rep. from Texas has already called for her to be inpeached on DAY 1 if she wins the election. This was when she officially declared her candidacy.

        • Msgr_Moment

          REPEEL HILLARICAIR NAO!!

      • SnarkTank

        On the plus (?) side, if Drumpf wins, I think all our troubles will be over by the end of January, even if the world will look like a Mad Max movie by Groundhog Day.

    • AngryBlakGuy

      …do you really have to remind us?!?!

  • CJTX

    Hey brooks, she likes the Good Wife, apparently…GTFO.

    • SnarkTank

      “Madam Secretary” OTOH….probably not so much. “Scandal”? Well….that’s pretty much biographical.

  • Antonin Dvorak

    I am informed that the genocide community is quite friendly and openly welcomes newcomers.

    *Gets text message*

    No, sorry, that would be the scrap-booking community. I regret the error.

  • limberrat

    Well according to the RWNJ community, she likes killing people. So why is he complaining about her not having a hobby?

    • AngryBlakGuy

      …with her bare hands!!!

    • For them, killing people isn’t a hobby, it’s a fetish.

      • limberrat

        So Hostel was real?!

  • FauxAntocles

    Between the Bernie mud and all the pseudo-scandals the Rethuglicans keep beating to death, it’s a wonder she hasn’t been forced out of the country.

  • Msgr_Moment

    Can you tell me what Hillary Clinton does for fun?

    Taxidermy. The Vince Foster, Christopher Stevens, and Webb Hubbell heads in the den are getting lonely.

  • TeeRaak

    And listen to Fleetwood Mac?

    Thunder only happens when it’s raining.
    https://media2.giphy.com/media/rFKPv340eTIYw/200w_d.gif

    • reelreeler

      players only love you when they’re playing

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      Rhiannon is more Hillary’s style — witch ya know.

    • AlasAnAss

      Hill’s gone her own way.

    • calliecallie

      Just like the white winged dove.

      • arglebargle

        I believe that it’s Just like the lightning glove.

    • anwisok

      Oh, c’mon, we all know what song she likes best! (number 4)
      https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fleetwood+mac+don%27t+stop

    • CalvinianChoice

      Oh Well.

      • TheoLib

        Part 1 or Part 2? (I think the last time I listened to Part 2 was back in the 1970s.) Good choice of song!

  • JustPixelz

    Hillary is a Scorpio who likes long walks on the beach, old movies and getting swift-boated.

    • arglebargle

      Pina Colada’s?

    • Msgr_Moment

      So it’s Donnie-boy who has half a brain?

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        He only wishes he had half.

  • freakishlystrong

    Pantsuits maybe? She can design pantsuits. FOR THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, BITCHES.

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    Duh, her hobby is that she trolls Wonkette under the handle: “I’mNotAMurderer”.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Ermagerd! I had cyber with the future leader of the free world!!

      • AlasAnAss

        And I had cyber with you (SNAPCHAT ME), so that means I have too.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          Today, we have all had cyber with the future leader of the free world.

  • SterWonk

    Also too: There was an article semi-recently (i.e. in the past few months) that pointed out that Hillary Clinton’s popularity historically — i.e. not just during this presidential race, but going back for some time — is higher when she holds a position, than when she’s campaigning for it. One of the issues at play was that lots of people don’t like it when women “boast” about all the various things they’ve done, while they don’t mind when men “inform them about their accomplishments”.

  • Shibusa

    Maybe Hillz should pop into Hobby Lobby today.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Ooooooooo heh, big time photo op too, cause we know how the right will instantly boycott anywhere the libtards like.
      muahahahahahahaha

  • goonemeritus

    I would think crushing her enemies keeps her pretty busy, and she seems to show a real flare for it. It is a rare thing when someone finds the work they were born to, they almost make it look fun.

    • SterWonk

      Listening to the lamentations of their women men spouses, also too.

      • goonemeritus

        Not to mention Congressional sub-committees

  • AngryBlakGuy

    I would begin my explanation with this question: Can you tell me what Hillary Clinton does for fun? We know what Obama does for fun — golf, basketball, etc. We know, unfortunately, what Trump does for fun.

    …I know what Hillary does for fun:

    -Assasinates deputy whitehouse councils and make it look like a suicide
    -Orders “Standowns” when embassies are being attacked
    -Play with herself while watching Bill Clinton screw interns

    #Snark

    • Msgr_Moment

      You forgot about the wild scissors parties with Janet Reno, Ellen, and Huma!

      • AngryBlakGuy

        …I knew I left one out!!!

        • Msgr_Moment

          In her kindergarten gradebook, she was given demerits for running while scissoring.

          • AngryBlakGuy

            FAKE: Hillary didn’t go to “Kindergarten” she was TRAINED and programmed in a communist agent traning camp!!!

          • Jay Vaughn

            Madrasa

          • gedjcj

            Communist madrasa.

          • Blank Ron

            Communist NAZI madrassa.

    • edith prickly

      Sends LOLBenghazi Snapchats to Sid Blumenthal

      • AngryBlakGuy

        …no dick pics people!!!

  • Skwerl King

    Her OkCupid Profile* says that she enjoys hanging out with friends and discussing politics. She also like to kill political opponents and send out classified information in personal emails.

    • anwisok

      It keeps her busy. Idle hands, and all that.

    • coozledad

      She used to build model airplanes, but the glue made her violent.

  • Steven M. Harries

    I wonder how many of the Goyims invite useful idiot David Brooks to their parties just to have a look at what a circumcised putz looks like.

    • Jeff in the desert

      Every schlemiel needs his schlimazel…..

      • Steven M. Harries

        His wife got tired of his.
        Who wouldn’t?

  • Jennaratrix

    Oh my dog. This is just a knockoff of the whole “how do you balance your personal and professional lives?” bullshit. Men can be consumed by their work and admired for it, women must have a favorite chocolate-chip cookie recipe and have their entire home covered in hand-tatted lace or they’re TOO consumed by their jobs. STFU, Brooks. What’s YOUR hobby?

    • jmhm

      And in fact this happened. The whole world blew the fuck up for weeks because she was a bad mother disrespecting good mothers who baked, and she was forced to release her favorite chocolate-chip cookie recipe. It was straight off the chocolate chip bag like everyone else’s.

      • Jennaratrix

        Yeah, I remember. SMH.

      • OddMan

        Well as long as there were no peas or canned clams in those chocolate chip cookies.

        • jmhm

          (checks notes) YOU MONSTER!

        • JH Marx

          I’m making Pasta e piselli for dinner.

  • reelreeler

    I hate her f*cking guts….but I’ll probably vote for her as the lesser of two stinkbombs.

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …well to be fair Trumpensteins hobbies consist of cheating at golf and cheating on his wife.

  • Indiepalin

    Too bad Brooks isn’t a physicist. Science could use his help in unraveling string theory.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Knot a good idea.

  • memzilla

    David Brooks has every bit as good a track record of being right as Bill Kristol does.

    thinks of curses which won’t violate the Commenting Rules…

    David Brooks, I hope…

    … your water runs brown every time you turn on the tap.

    … you discover that your tie has an embarassing stain on it, just after you’ve tied it and are running late for Meet The Press.

    … your Testoni dress shoes always pinch.

    … your computer hangs on Windows Update every Patch Tuesday.

    … your car always makes that fatal-sounding death-rattle noise until you bring it into the shop, at which point it goes quiet.

    … your customer service complaint is always handled by the greenest agent with the strongest Hindi accent.

    I could go on…

    • Major_Major_Major

      also too …the last piece of toilet paper tears as you’re wiping your ass, the faucet is broken, and your nose itches incessantly

      • Courser

        Nice one!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Your lawn slaves get deported and you can’t find new ones for so long you get a nasty note from the neighborhood association.
      Your dues check at the golf club bounces and the bookkeeper just happens to mention it . . . over the PA system.
      You bump into your old flame and she asks what you’re doing with yourself these days.
      Your obituary runs before you die, and nobody notices.

  • limberrat

    I had a conservative friend on FaceSpace post “If she did even 5% of what she is accused of, she is truly a terrible person.” Too bad the conservosphere just keeps making shit up hoping it sticks.

  • SeeTrain65

    Here’s David Brooks talking about who needs a new hobby. Projection ain’t just a river in Egypt.

  • freakishlystrong

    What the fuck does Donald fucking Trump to all goddamn day besides recycle his wives?

    • limberrat

      Kick poor people, orphans, and puppies?

    • Painter of Goats

      Remind the reflection in his mirror how his dick is so classy and his fingers are yooge?

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        Dumb Donald’s tiny fingers make his dick look yooooge when he masturbates.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      Syle his ferret hair?

  • GeminiCricket

    Since making snarking at wonkette my new hobby, my favorables have gone through the roof! Thanks Brooksie!

  • Look Closer
    • Popillius

      Awesome! I’ve always wondered how on earth she found the time to learn all the ins and outs of her policy positions much less take up a hobby.

  • 60 percent of respondents said Clinton does not share their values.

    When pressed, none of those respondents could accurately delineate either Clinton’s values or their own.

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  • Jeff in the desert

    Perhaps she can extend her collection of experiences that readies one to be President. Or….see how many failed businesses she can start and claim to be a business mogul.

  • Jay Vaughn

    Hillary, what is best in life?
    Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.

  • Belasaurius

    if crushing one’s enemies is not a hobby, then I guess I need a hobby too

    • Jay Vaughn

      Belasaurius, what is best in life?

  • calliecallie

    “Even a socially good vocation can swallow you up and make you lose a sense of your own voice. Maybe it’s doubly important that people with fulfilling vocations develop, and be seen to develop, sanctuaries outside them: in play, solitude, family, faith, hobbies and leisure.”
    Tell that to Mother Theresa, fuckhead.
    Maybe the socially good vocation IS your voice and your fulfillment, and what is fucking wrong with that?
    Wow, this makes me so angry.

    • jmhm

      Except she does the faith thing and the solitude thing and the family thing, yes? And presumably since she’s not tied up with hobbies the leisure? So what’s his damage?

      • berkeleyfarm

        Word from my Piskie clergy friends, who are good at reading some things between the lines, is that Hills is at least moderately religious. Like a lot of us in the mainline Protestant tradition (especially those of us who were “born in” and stayed there), though, she doesn’t talk about it a lot in public.

        • jmhm

          It’s just Brooks’ overbred pet-ratfucky way of saying she doesn’t do any of those things without coming right out and saying he’s trying to help the Republican candidate in the fall.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Expect more of this as he drafts his inevitable, self-loathing “why I’m voting for Trump” column. We should start a betting pool on the date.

          • jmhm

            I’m going to go with early October, and he’s going to be poked into it by realizing [some more polite way of saying Kennedy and Thomas aren’t looking too lively].

          • berkeleyfarm

            Well, yeah, this is David Brooks and his mansplaining/concern trolling.

  • Jeff in the desert

    WAIT!!!! Isn’t it unconstitutional for someone to occupy the White House for more than two terms? She is therefore not qualified to be elected…

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    Jesus fuck. Does Brooks suggest Trump could pull up his favorability with a hobby?
    What, no? I am so surprised.

  • Ilgattomorte

    Why that’s it! Hillary is unpopular because she’s a workaholic. Historically, all great Presidents have had hobbies. George Washington was known for his tree felling addiction. Thomas Jefferson collected Negroes and FDR would spend most of his free time having casual sex with relatives.

    That’s Hillary’s problem. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Hillary is a dull boy. America doesn’t want a dull boy and David Brooks knows that. Hillary needs to take up amateur drag racing or some other cool hobby if she wants to compete with Trump. Trump wears his hobbies on his sleeve, almost literally. I mean everybody can see he’s an avid body painter and just look at how much time went in to that craft project on his head.

    • bubbuhh

      Whose Jack? Is Hillary havin a thing with Jack? What kind of thing? Does Bernie know?

    • jmhm

      Also he apparently leaves his guests in the main cabin of his jet so he can boff his wife inflight, so there’s that.

  • Scooby

    They complained to no end about Obama golfing…now they want her to golf! No way man.

    • limberrat

      They want her to golf so they can bitch about her golfing on the job.

      • Jay Vaughn

        Is there any way to golf that isn’t on the job? Cause from my experience golf is entirely for schmoozing.

        • Major_Major_Major

          I thought golf solely existed as an excuse to get drunk before noon.

          • Jay Vaughn

            Lulz excuse; amateur.

          • Major_Major_Major

            I didn’t say I needed an excuse, just that some people might.

          • JH Marx

            Amateurs – I don’t need no fuckin excuses

        • Courser

          True. I’ve had several friends in executive sales who have learned to play golf so they can provide outtings for clients. I’ve played golf exactly once – at a Company tournament. However, that was basically an excuse to get out of the office and get drunk on the course. Yay for the beer cart!

      • Beaumarchais?

        Well, it will prove that she’s a lesbian.

    • Jonny On Maui

      Golf is the perfect old white dude game. It’s played on an enormous amount on land that has been forced into an un-natural state and only maintained in this position by the labor of uncounted unseen others. The chemical runoff poisons adjacent land and the water used to keep this fake oasis going would be much better used to drown the morons who ‘exercise’ by riding around in carts instead of walking. The amount of time, resources and money wasted on this ‘sport’ is as criminal as that wasted on ‘sport hunting’.

      There. I feel much better now.

      • Blank Ron

        Has all the relatively horizontal land in Hawaii finally been turned into golf courses?

        • Jonny On Maui

          Thankfully, no. Living (if you care to call it that) next to a golf course is, ah, different…

  • nightmoth

    Oh, how sweet–David Brooks is concern trolling.
    Also: “We know what Obama does for fun — golf, basketball, etc.”
    I seem to recall lots of complaining from the Brooks contingent about Obama
    having ANY fun.

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      I saw on another place (yes, I stray once in a while!) someone bitchin about Bamz golfing even though the article in question had zilch to do with golf, or Bamz.
      Someone posted the stats for how much W, Big Dawg and Ronnie golfed (hint, lots more each than Bamz!) and the guy went into full cricket mode XD

  • calliecallie

    More on the subject of how angry this makes me. This is such a douchebag mansplaining piece of crap without a signal! As elevated as she has been, Hillz has still been a full-time working mother all these years, with some pretty fucking demanding day jobs, and in my humble opinion and experience that doesn’t leave a lot of extra time for watercolors, tea, and yoga. Now think of all the full-time working mothers who did not have Hillary’s level of help with cooking, laundry, etc. How many hobbies do you think those ladies indulge in, Dave, you douche?
    WOW! This pisses me off. (I guess I probably need more hobbies to relieve my stress or some fucking shite like that.)

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Smile. And don’t be so shrill. Then fetch some coffee for us. See how easy it is?

      • calliecallie

        Now, about those sammiches? Whole wheat, or white?

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Rye, pls. And I’m out of clean socks. Thanks, hon.

    • artem1s

      nail on head. just another douche telling wimmenz how wanting it all is impossible unless you have a penis and then you get to spend every waking hour running your mega business from the country club or the country from your ‘ranch’ in Tejas!

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I remember the media frenzy when Hillary was quoted in 1992 as saying “I suppose I could have stayed home, baked cookies and had teas.” I was outraged at the time because my own mother had been working since she was 13 years old, and she had 3 children, and had never had time to “bake cookies and have teas.” She was busy doing her job and making sure her children had every possible opportunity to become successful, educated, confident adults. That was her “hobby,” and she succeeded.

      • Astraea

        I suspect hobbies don’t count unless they are dude approved hobbies like sports.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          Very true. Also violent video games.

      • I had a single mom who was killing herself in nursing school and working three jobs and raising two kids completely on her own at around that time. She didn’t have time to eat sitting down (seriously, I don’t think I saw her sit for a meal until I was in my late teens) let alone take up a hobby or bake cookies. She would give me books she wanted to read so I could read them and summarize for her (this is why I’m a bookworm, probably.) 12 year old me cheered Hillary’s “cookies and teas” comment.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          Your mom was a hero. Women who work and go to school while raising kids should get a bonus added to their social security when they retire, but instead they usually get shafted. Ditto for daughters who spend years being caregivers for elderly parents.

  • WeaselPoo

    I’m pretty sure Hillary’s ‘hobby’ is rolling her eyes and sighing at all the asshats she has to deal with all the time 24/7 , like say, David “I Care Too Much” Brooks

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I think she might have to spend some time getting her eyes unstuck from the rolled-back position, not that I would know from personal experience or anything.

      • berkeleyfarm

        She’s had years of practice doing that.

  • arglebargle

    After all, Bush enjoyed clearing brush and took more vacation days to do so than any other president in modern times and look how well that worked out for the world.

    • bubbuhh

      Well, Dubya only “enjoyed” clearing brush from just before his presidential run ’til his last year in office. Bought it in August, 1999, sold it in 2009, I think. On tother hand, he really did enjoy, layin on the couch, drinkin beer, eatin pretzels, doin a little toot and watchin some football. Still does.

      • Jonny On Maui

        And painting. Bathroom painting of the “Not the walls” type. Can’t forget that.

        Sadly…

        • bubbuhh

          Not much snow in which to sign one’s name in most of Texas. Got to exercise one one’s artistic expression where he can.

  • Belasaurius

    all right, I’ll pull the trigger? SAYYYYYY, you know who else had weird hobbies?

    • Look Closer

      Donald Drumpf?

    • arglebargle

      Every patron of Hobby Lobby?

    • Painter of Goats

      Me?

      • Lance Thrustwell

        Go on…

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I read that JFK liked to screw secretaries in the White House swimming pool during lunch breaks. That may count as a hobby.

      • Beaumarchais?

        Hey, he had back pain—that was therapy!

    • Doug Langley

      Hannibal Lecter?

    • AnOuthouse

      civil war reenactors?

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    Can someone just FINALLY bitch slap David Brooks into next month already? Is there a more insufferable NY Times columnist? …. Oh wait ….

    • jmhm

      Exactly. Even if you narrow it down to the OpEd page, there’s a fair amount of competition for that title.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Let’s see…MoDo, Moustasche, Douchehat…

  • jmhm

    David Brooks just admitted that all of the conclusions he’s drawn over the last thirty years of supposedly studying America as a ‘social scientist’ are completely wrong because he forgot to talk to actual americans. What the fuck has he been doing with his time?

    • Painter of Goats

      Hobbies, natch.

    • bubbuhh

      money for nothin, but no chicks

      • rachelmap

        …at any price.

    • Hemp Dogbane

      Filling the Bill Kristol gap.

      • jmhm

        Oh dear. That was a mental image I was not prepared for and hope to wipe away.

        • Hemp Dogbane

          You’re welcome!

          • jmhm

            KINMK. That’s some specialized shit right there.

  • Painter of Goats

    He’s just afraid that as president if she has no hobbies the media and the GOP can’t wag a finger at her for being elsewhere when shit goes down.

  • AngryKatie

    And if Hillary suddenly popped up with a hobby the story would be that it was a distraction from her JERB and how dare she.

    • jmhm

      True enough. How much Benghazi outrage has their been about her working from home unsupervised at three in the morning?

    • Astraea

      The Bernie bros could make some more memes about how she’s not as cool as them.

      • Tegan A Beechey

        Yeah, I mean making memes and starting a revolution so white dudes finally get a fair shake are the only worthwhile hobbies.

    • Hijabi Rockstar

      She could come up with any hobby, and then everyone would accuse her of being a big faker. “She CLAIMS she loves stamp collecting. A BLATANT PLOY to win over undecided PHILATELISTS!”

      Like the time she said she liked hot sauce, and that was horrible pandering. Apparently.

      • berkeleyfarm

        Yeah she didn’t live in the South for years or nothin’ like that. Sheesh.

  • chascates

    He’s just babbling now. He can’t believe Trump is their guy and that pundits make worse predictions than television weather forecasters. Perhaps George Will could take him to a baseball game.

    • Doug Langley

      What do you mean, “now”?

  • BearGHAZI

    60 percent of respondents also suggested David Brooks should spend his leisure time shutting his chardonnay hole

  • Courser

    David Brooks is a dumbass. I’m sure Hillary has hobbies (being a grandma is probably high on her list) but I can’t remember any presidential contender boasting about their hobbies during a campaign. I call bullshit.

    • bubbuhh

      Romney bragged about bein a huntin man. Ike, Ford and Dubya bragged about bein golfer. Carter bragged about bein a heart luster, Clinton I bragged on his sax, Trump has bragged about bein a porkologist

    • zerosumgame0005

      as a grandma, “got your nose” is her new hobby!

      • Jus_Wonderin

        That game frightens me. What if they don’t give my nose back??

  • Also, she needs to smile more.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      And stop talking so loudly.

      • beatbort

        And maybe put on some sexy clothes.

        • jmhm

          Her hair would be so pretty if she just put a little effort into it.

          A headband, maybe.

        • Doug Langley

          And talk louder.

  • DemmeFatale

    Hey Brooksie!
    SOMEONE needs a hobby, and it aint Hillary!

    (But thanks for the mansplain.)

    • Tegan A Beechey

      Aw, come on now, clearly his hobby is having weird feels about Clinton. Kind of the hobby of most of the GOP.

  • sosuume

    Well maybe she should just have a hobby of becoming a man. Then maybe asshats like David Brooks would shut the fuck up and never have a second thought about the fucking hobbies of presidential candidates.

    • artem1s

      also, too, once a man she will not have to spend every waking moment proving time and again that she has accomplished more in an average morning than assholes like Brooks accomplish in their whole loser lives. /FFS

    • Doug Langley

      A trans-gender President? I’ll have to wear a raincoat for all the exploding heads around me.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Wonderful. A guy who’s essentially admitted that he’s failed miserably in his own career has One Simple Trick for Hillz? Fuck off.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Perhaps David Brooks needs a hobby. Something like say studying public policy positions, instead of wasting valuable column inches in the grey lady musing about Hillary’s hobbies.

    • Doug Langley

      But that IS Brooks’ idea of public policy positions.

    • cat cafe

      Or doing the minimal amount of research and discovering that she, like an actual Normal Human Beingᵀᴹ, has plenty of Normal and Pleasant Hobbiesᵀᴹ, like (yes) baking chocolate chip cookies, watching TV programs like The Good Wife, Veep, or Dancing with the Stars, walking, swimming, home decoration, reading, writing, you know, just like a regular person and everything.

  • Hemp Dogbane

    Baking cookies. Duh!

  • Angela Ruzzo

    “she is not honest or trustworthy”. . . Based on the records of all the Presidents since Eisenhower, with the possible exception of Carter, I don’t think this disqualifies her to be President.

    I hear she reads a lot. So do I. Stupid people do not consider this to be a “hobby.”

    • cat cafe

      And, of course, she’s remarkably honest and trustworthy. But that doesn’t stop David Brooks.

  • Randy Riddle

    “Can you tell me what Hillary Clinton does for fun?”

    Making Republican Senators look like they have small Trump hands in Benghazi hearings?

    • lroom

      That was fun!

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Eh. As Brooks’ columns go, this one is actually not so bad. He’s not really saying anything arguable. Hillary is a driven, workaholic, policy wonk. That’s not a bad thing in itself, but at some point in the general, she’ll need to flash a little humanity now and again. Kinda goes without saying, but we can count on Brooks to be either a) wrong, or b) obvious.

    Btw, this advice goes in spades for Bernie. He too often comes across as a cross between an Old Testament dire prophet and a scolding rabbi. But Brooks probably figures he’s beyond advice.

    • jmhm

      It’s just a little counterintuitive coming from Brooks, who’s pretty much nerd Tucker Carlson.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Bernie actually needs to be more policy wonkish and less pie in the sky revolutionary who has no fucking clue how to get from here to the promised land.

  • Jen P

    I know she loves to swim and likes to watch Dancing With the Stars (she
    likes Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Derek Hough). I know that because she
    told Diane Sawyer in an interview. I know she likes The Good Wife and
    Parks and Rec, because that was in one of her emails. I know she likes
    to spend time with her granddaughter, play tennis, speed walk, play
    Scrabble, do crossword puzzles, organize her closet, and watch HGTV. I
    know all that because people keep asking her. They’ve been asking her
    about this stuff since 2007. She always answers readily and yet, they
    still keep saying “we don’t know anything about her personal life- she’s not relatable.” Do we need to drag out the old #askhermore hashtag?

    • Pickwicknext

      I will volunteer to be a sacrifical Scrabble partner!

      • The Witch of Endor

        Me too!(TM)

    • The Witch of Endor

      Since I knew none of this, I’ll just go over here ————>to my sofa of shame.

      In my defense, I have no idea what Bernie’s hobbies are either. I presume that Trump’s are kicking dogs and sucker punching the poors.

    • Beaumarchais?

      And now we know that David Brooks’ hobby is writing 600 words twice a week for the NYTimes without doing a lick of research.

    • cat cafe

      Hell, they’ve been asking her about this stuff since 1992! The lady even bakes cookies. I know that because of a NY Times article in 1992. But why let that get in the way of another Hillary-hate-fest.

  • Lizzietish81

    She should take up knitting, be more feminine

    • lroom

      I’m a knitter!

    • Lance Thrustwell

      In the first debate with Trump, I think she should break out the yarn and needles about halfway through. Say something like, ‘Hm? Oh, this? I just got tired of waiting for him to make sense.”

      • MrBlobfish

        You really think there are going to be multiple debates?

    • jmk

      “A head is held up, and the knitting-woman who scarcely lifted her eyes to look at it a moment ago when it could think and speak, counts One.”

      • Ghenghis McCann

        Ah, those were the days

  • TheBidenator

    Basically the point is, shut the fuck up Bernie Sanders you’re going down in flames anyway and at this point you’re only helping the GOP….

    • Brendan_M

      At this point in 2008, Hillary Clinton was publicly hoping that Obama would be assassinated so she could win the nomination. Perhaps it is the hysterical and dumb amnesiac Clinton supporters who should shut the fuck up?

      Rachel Maddow says you people need to calm your tits. She is our Taylor Swift. Obey her.

      • Hijabi Rockstar

        You mean this quote, where she observes that assassination was a possibility? http://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/may/23/hillaryclinton.barackobama

        That didn’t sound like “publicly hoping” to me.

        • Lamashtar

          I remember Rolling Stone in their ‘most important people’ article listing the Secret Service. Because the number of people publicly wanting the President dead had skyrocketed (as did the membership of the KKK) after Obama’s election.

        • Brendan_M

          It was interpreted exactly as I describe by Obama supporters and Wonkette at the time. It was a much more bitter primary in 2008 and forgetful Clinton supporters freaking out about Sanders would be well-served by remembering that.

      • La Cieca

        Liar.

        • Brendan_M

          Suggesting that Obama could get murdered like Bobby Kennedy so she still had a path to the nomination was wildly inappropriate for Clinton. Obama supporters and Wonkette readers were rightfully upset and, in the heat of the bitterly contested race, interpreted her comments in the worst possible way.

          That is context to keep in mind when discussing this much more amicable contest between Sanders and Clinton.

  • TheBidenator

    David Brooks favorite hobby is watching paint dry….he wishes he could be that exciting.

    • Doug Langley

      I do believe we have a Commenter of the Week . . .

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        Shh! Don’t get Bide’s hopes up! You know he gets on Fridays after the awards are given out. It’s like the five stages of grief, except he passes out before gets to Stage 4.

    • MrBlobfish

      I suspect huffing paint.

      • vivian

        So that’s where the name Huffington Post came from.

  • beatbort

    You know what David Brooks does for fun? Troll liberals.

    • Whollyholeyholy

      I thought it was talk about being rich.

    • Relativicus

      Brooks is a true believer (in his own privileged existence and the system that provides it). He has no time for such frivolous pursuits.

    • Snobo

      He’s not clever enough to pull off a troll. This is what’s actually rattling around in his head.

    • Tegan A Beechey

      More likely that Clinton’s hobby is trolling Brooks.

  • fawkedifiknow

    She’s too busy pimping out Bill, killing staffers, covering up for Libyan terrorists, and blowing Goldman Sachs partners in their boardroom, to be doing ordinary, time-killing shit

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      How do those things not count as fun, fulfilling hobbies?

  • Hemp Dogbane

    Brooks failed to mention that Clinton occasionally sits on Trey Gowdy and tickles him until he pees his pants, because that’s not the right kind of hobby for a lady.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      I have a suspicion that Trey Gowdy pees his pants a LOT, with or without Hlllary’s help.

  • tehbaddr

    Hillz probably thinks David Brooks needs to get a life.

  • Vecciojohn LLC

    I suspect Hillary thinks David Brooks isn’t worth killing. If she even knows who he is.

  • Vecciojohn LLC

    My hobby is wondering what the fuck is wrong with the NYT that this tailor’s dummy is employed there in any capacity.

    • La Cieca

      Something to do with the idiotic commitment to print when literally nobody except old rich white guy read an actual paper newspaper. The NYT is DESPERATE to old on to those old rich white guys at the expense of everything else in the universe, because JOURNALISM ONLY HAPPENS IN PRINT.

  • vivian

    That’s funny because I’m pretty sure David Brooks needs a lobotomy. Oops, too late.

    • CATMAN

      Amputation at the 5th cervical vertebra would be preferable

  • Beaumarchais?

  • The Witch of Endor

    Because we all so desperately need to know yet another aspect of Hilz’s life that can be twisted into something Evil.

    • Relativicus

      “And then, after moving her Queen in whatever direction she saw fit, she knocked over my pawn — the weakest piece on the board! — and took it. With me watching!!!”

  • Jus_Wonderin

    David forgot Hillz is an amateur UFO hunter. And I say Yay! to that.

    • Lamashtar

      Seriously wish someone would talk to her about the latest space travel stuff.

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        “Dr. Farnsworth on line 2!”

  • I remember David Letterman’s mom interviewing Hillary Clinton at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994. HC’s reaction when DL’s mom asked her if Bill could do something about the speed limit because Dave had just lost his license for speeding was priceless! I surfed around on youtube and couldn’t find it, unfortunately. HC has a great belly-laugh.

    • cat cafe

      I remember that, it was hilarious. As I recall, Dave made his mom ask Hillary that, and his mom was shaking her head at Dave “Now David….” Dave and his mom was so hilarious. Both of them adorable together. (Remember him insisting on guessing her Thanksgiving pies?)

    • Snobo

      Yeah that kind of thing never makes it to YouTube for some reason but a bird landing on Bernie’s podium you’d think was the second coming.

  • timpundit

    I like how unlikable people are telling Hillary how to be more likable,.

    The fact is she is a woman and as the first presumptive woman nominee she has a different set of rules to play by like Obama has. he couldn’t invoke the angry black man image and she can’t invoke the unserious image, she has to play “tough enough”. And while there’s room for dominoes there’s not much room for it in this campaign.

    Until after she’s elected then she can Lady the fuck out of everything and laugh that laugh of hers.

    And Brooks knows this. Or should.

    • Brendan_M

      Don’t overestimate Brooks. It would be hard to hold him in low enough esteem.

    • cat cafe

      Of course he knows this. He’s a Republican spreading the usual smears. A huge cause of Hillary’s “unfavorables” is because of Bernie supporters. Her actual unfavorables are at about 16%.

  • Brendan_M

    David Brooks gets paid millions of dollars for this.

  • JB

    Being a new grandma? Whatever the BLEEP she wants to do Brooks? If she was a he, would we have heard this stupid shit?

  • Toomush_Infer

    She could take over David’s hobby – he’s not too good at it…

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Perhaps Hillary’s hobby could be helping Dave get laid and move out of his mom’s basement.

    • Reddishrabbit

      That’s not a hobby, that’s a full time job.

  • Whale Chowder

    her sinking popularity could have something to do with her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, insinuating in every speech and at every rally that she is a dishonest, greedy, war-loving (that part is probably true!) front for the One Percent who wants nothing more than to give all the Chips, Brads and Tads of Wall Street an extra-spitty beej.

    Not to mention Salon, Huffpo, US Uncut (whatever the fuck that is) that lends the sheen of respectability to the lies and bullshit we’ve heard for 25 fucking years, and which the Bros just luuurve to quote.

  • whitroth

    Well, as Sec’y of State, she *was* playing The Great Game. But maybe Brooks thinks she needs something, ahhh, “womanly”, like maybe knitting socks for her grandkid….

  • JustDon’tSayDittos

    That reminds me, I forgot to scratch my nads.

    …there, that’s better!

    • Snobo

      My nads can only be accessed surgically.

      • Jonny On Maui

        Bet they don’t itch much…

  • berkeleyfarm

    “It’s only since she launched a multimillion-dollar campaign to impress the American people that she has made herself so strongly disliked.”

    Seriously? Is he high? I know he’s old enough to know better.

    • Snobo

      For some reason she seems to get the most vitriol any time she’s running for some public office. Hmm, why might this be?

      • berkeleyfarm

        It’s been high off and on – mostly on – since I remember her when Bill’s campaign was warming up. As previously noted in these pages, I had done some strategic party registration in order to vote in particular primaries. I got a call from a Republican pollster/fundraiser the night before Katrina hit (summer of 2005 for you young’uns) using her as the boogey”man”, and that was between election cycles. He was obviously expecting a sympathetic reception to the “she’s the worst thing that could happen”, but I told him his priorities were screwed up and his “good Christian” party should be praying like woah before I hung up.

  • georgiaburning

    I thought Hillz was a geocacher, hiding all those bodies. Why isn’t Brooks worried about that? His name should be on the list.

  • SlickTrixie

    Oh, pshaw! She bakes cookies.

  • BeverlyCrusher’sWig

    I’m confused. It seems to me a lot of people be complaining about Obama and his hobbies taking up too much time and now Clinton doesn’t have enough of them. It’s almost like you can’t win and people be complaining to be complaining. No, I must have that wrong.

    • whitroth

      As opposed to Manly Man the Shrub, who spent an absurd amount of his Presidency cutting brush on his videocap ranch?

  • Paperless Tiger

    Her hobby was giving speeches, but then she lost her amateur status, boy howdy.

  • stray_bullett

    Why is not surprising that a right wing columnist would completely misunderstand progressives zeit geist? He thinks we don’t like her because she works too much?? Oh the stupidity is…….just awe inspiring. And explains the present state of conservatism perfectly.

  • Bernie has fuckin’ superpowers in getting people to hate Hillz, apparently. And yet can’t get them to vote for him. Must be fucked-up superpowers. Or the “blame Bernie” movement is just crap.

    Of course, Hillz fans (not Hillz) are responsible for 8 years of barefaced Birther bullshit, but let bygones be bygones, huh? A historical memory just depresses you.

    • WIDTAP

      Orly Taitz is a Hillz supporter? Who knew?

    • mailman27

      That stretch makes Gumby look like Clutch Cargo.

      • Rickyphoo

        OT but I always hated Clutch Cargo cartoons as a kid. Those real mouths superimposed over cartoon faces really creeped me out!

  • Kooolest G

    weird, I just got an email from Huma about a contest to have dinner with Hillz and she said this “Don’t worry, no studying necessary for this dinner — it will be casual, and you can chat about whatever you like (Hint: Hillary loves HGTV!)” so apparently Hillary’s cold drunk hands are on house hunters too when they’re not on Huma, also too, does scissoring count as a hobby? how about benghazing

    • I got that email too. I can’t help thinking it would be kind of a waste to get a private dinner with Hillary freaking Clinton and spend it talking about house hunters. I’d be happy to shut up and listen to her explain the finer points of foreign policy and US politics in that situation. I mean, that’s interesting stuff, how often do you get to hear about it from an insider perspective?

      • Kooolest G

        Totally, I would probably just sit there with my mouth shut and tell her she can talk about anything she wants. Though my wife met her when she and Bill were campaigning in the primaries in 92, and said that hillz was really interested in what was important to college girls and asked a million questions. She also met bill and said that if he asked she would have blown him right there, he has that affect on people

        • Heh. I was watching Bill speak a few years ago… 2012, maybe? I can’t remember what he was talking about now, but it must have been a really good speech, because all of a sudden I totally understood why he had no problems picking up young interns. He gives good speech. I’m a sucker for a good talker.

          • Pierre_de_Fermat

            I remember his speech at the Democratic Convention in 2012 (Our Wonkette live blogged it). A rousing endorsement of PBO’s first term and attack on PBO’s enemies. It was incredible. He could have gone on longer. (I believe the last line in the live blog, some time after the speech had ended was “Elvis has left the building”).

          • That’s probably it. My memory is fuzzy… we were homeless for a few years, including 2012, and I remember following the 2012 election stuff from some awful roach motel that we were camped out in, so that’s probably it. It was a shitty couple of years and I seem to have blocked a lot of it, or I was so stressed about surviving day to day that I didn’t register a lot of details about anything. But I remember feeling pretty happy watching that speech.

    • La Cieca

      Actually, I recall from some years back Hillary saying that her favorite TV show is “Love It or List It,” so, yes, she does have some hobbies, even if admittedly this one involves an older woman named “Hillary” who bosses people around in their own homes.

  • Be Gin

    Perhaps it is time for David Brooks to take up a hobby.

    Like weight lifting or cross fit training or something that will build him up a bit.

    Because, seriously, Hillary would just mop the floor with his feeble ass if she ever decided to dirty her hands with him.

    • phoenix00

      On one hand: he’ll never stop talking about Crossfit

      On the other hand, he’ll never stop talking about Crossfit.

  • Jesus Christ, now she can’t be the president because she’s not fun enough? Maybe if she baked more fucking cookies and held more fucking teas?

  • Tegan A Beechey

    I thought her hobby was Benghazi-ing mid-ranking political appointees in front of a roaring Frack!fire while sipping a blend of millennial tears, Iraqi oil, and sparrow blood.

    • Brendan_M

      If she is paid by George Soros to do it, it isn’t a hobby.

      • Tegan A Beechey

        I mix business and pleasure all the time. Don’t see why it can’t be both. :P

  • CATMAN

    David Brooks needs to find some new hobbies to entertain him in retirement and stop infuriating us with his inane crap–remember Bourgeois Bohemians?

  • malsperanza

    Help me out, folks. I can’t decide if David Brooks is a tool or a cunt.

    (Yeah yeah aotk.)

    • Jonny On Maui

      Would ‘dildo’ work?

  • dshwa

    WTF did I even just read?

    Go home rooks, your drunk.

  • dshwa

    Alos too, I just can’t wait for MoDO’s take on this.

  • mailman27

    Are you fucking kidding me? This guy is drawing a paycheck for this jabberwocky? FFS.

  • orygoon

    Oh quick someone, help me remember what Angela Merkel does for fun. Soccer? Alpenhorn?

  • lilyhammer

    First of all, Hillary Clinton — love it or hate it — has plenty of faith. She taught Sunday School for years and is probably the only candidate still in the race who has any idea what’s actually written in the Bible.

    Second, I really resent the reduction of Chelsea Clinton to her father’s business partner. If you don’t know that the Clintons think their daughter hung the moon, you should quit your columnist job and re-examine your life. Or legally change your name to Maureen Dowd.

    Third, why is there a job that consists solely of misunderstanding and/or lying about everything for money?

  • Stein Olsen
  • Marceline

    Can we make dickpunching David Brooks a hobby?

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