By the way, these effusions from David Brooks deserve to be as immortal as Chris Matthews’s vibrating thigh:
It is like you’re camping, and you wake up one morning, and there is a mountain. And then the next morning, there is a mountain, and there’s the next morning, there’s a mountain. Obama is just the mountain. He is just there. He is always the same, he doesn’t hurt himself. McCain can sometimes lob a cannonball at the mountain, but the mountain doesn’t move, and the mountain doesn’t care. And so I think his steadiness, his temperament has been the dramatic theme of this campaign, dramatic in being undramatic. And it was on display tonight. And the good part of the mountain is that he is reassuring and reliable.
Almost right. The mountain is Obama’s budget. And every morning, when you look out your tent, it’s not just there but it seems to be even bigger than the night before. Which just makes it even more reassuring and reliable, doesn’t it?