Democrats frequently ask me why the Republicans have become so extreme. As they describe the situation, they usually fall back on some sort of illness metaphor. Republicans have a mania. President Obama has said that Republicans have a “fever” that he hopes will break if he is re-elected.Brooks has become the spokesman for Republicans on the NY Times and on PBS TV. But he is not. He has been an enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama for years.
Apparently the NY Times staff does not know any Republicans, and thinks that they are extremists. Also, the Obama crowd pathologizes Republicans.