The presidency wars

Deacon’s final word on Chaitred last week made the brilliant point that “If we are in a culture war, and it seems pretty clear that we are, then I expect that every president from now until that war ends will be hated by the other side…There’s not much point, in the context of a discussion about hating, in debating the comparative merit of the justifications offered for the hatred. In the end, those arguments come down to claiming to be on the right side of the culture war.”
David Brooks makes precisely this point at greater length in his New York Times column today: “The presidency wars.” Is there any chance Brooks is a Power Line reader? (Courtesy of RealClearPolitics.)
UPDATE: On National Review Online Donald Luskin makes the case that Brooks’s column is aimed at Paul Krugman: “Op-ed shoving match.”