Just in time for Super Duper Tuesday, David Brooks weighs in with a Times op-ed piece
that recounts some underhanded inside baseball behind the scenes of the Clinton administration's health-care reform tussle of 1993. The target of the bean-ball pitches: Rep. Jim Cooper, then proponent of a moderate reform plan with broad bipartisan support. The pitcher delivering the chin music? Let's just say you'll recognize the name on the ballot.
Or maybe you can guess from these descriptive phrases: "dark side...'ice cold'...'We'll crush you'...'this evil look'...'We've got to kill it'...icy...Manichean...'absolutist, draconian and intolerant.'" Give Brooks extra points for keeping a straight face through his opening sentence.